Professor Karen Burke da Silva is the Dean (Education) for the College of Science & Engineering. She is an active researcher and teacher within the School of Biological Sciences. She is known for using innovative techniques to stimulate, motivate and improve science education and at the same time reduce student withdrawal rates. She is currently focused on ways to embed greater scientific literacy across all degrees at the university as well as building greater science awareness in the public arena. She is actively involved in social media campaigns to raise awareness around conservation and environmental issues. She involves her undergraduate students in her conservation research and public awareness campaigns, creating an innovative and integrated learning experience. She continues to work with clown fish breeding programs with her biology students and also in the secondary schools.