Having a passion for science and learning, Marc earned his PhD on scholarship with the CSIRO, and was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at Washington State University, where he lectured biochemistry, genetics and astronomy. Upon returning to Australia, he completed postgraduate studies in education and worked as a high school science, maths and music teacher for 9 years. Marc transitioned from high school to primary school to help fill a niche as a primary science and music specialist. In this capacity he worked with schools and STEM-related organisations to build capacity for teaching, learning and assessment through curriculum leadership, mentoring, resource development, network building and professional development. Marc has experience in the Australian Curriculum as a writer for Primary Connections, Education Manager for Kimberlin Education, and Learning Designer for Me3D. He is a NESA-endorsed professional development provider and developed the P-STEM initiative which was recognised by Google for development. Marc has worked for the NSW Department of Education where he has designed and delivered quality professional development and resources that support teachers in public schools across NSW to fully meet the needs of their students in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).
Doctor of Philosophy (science) - CSIRO/WSU
Bachelor of Science Honours (first class) - WSU
Bachelor of Science (dean's list) - WSU
Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education (science/dean's list) - ACU
Graduate Certificate in Religious Education - ACU
Certificate IV Training and Assessment - WAVE
eLearning Essentials, e-Learning Masterclass - AITD
Online Facilitating for eLearning Advisors - Swinburne
2019 – 2021
Senior education officer
NSW Department of Education
2013 – 2018
Science curriculum leader
Tahmoor Public School
2017 – 2018
Science education manager
2010 – 2016
Western Sydney University
2016 – 2017
University of Wollongong
2006 – 2014
John Therry Catholic High School
2007 – 2009
NSW Board of Studies
2000 – 2004
Postdoctoral research fellow
Washington State University
1997 – 2000
Recent Major Professional Development
Australian Institute of Training and Development, 2019 – 80 hours
Australian Institute of Training and Development, 2019 – 80 hours
21st Century Learning Design
Microsoft – 20 hours
University of Adelaide, 2017 - 50 hours
Grants and Awards
Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert
Google CS Educator PD Grant
Inspiring Australia Maker Space Project Grant
AGL/UWS Love Your Lagoons
BHP Billiton, Illawarra Coal Community Grant
Dean's Award for Academic Excellence (ACU)
ACU Scholarship for Science Education (Grad. Dip. Ed.)
Hawaiian Coral Reef Initiative, Competitive Research Grant
Post-doctoral Fellowship, (WSU)
CSIRO Postgraduate Scholarship (PhD)
Honours Research Grant, Australian Native Fish PTY. LTD.
Dean's Award for Academic Excellence (UWS)
Undergraduate Entry Scholarship (UWS)
Books & Book Chapters
1. Power, K and Noakes, M. (2015) Bargo River: A Virtual Wetland. In Somerville, M., Power, K., Dollin, J., Gray, T., Gannon, S., Birrell, C. and Brown, L. ‘Place based learning and environmental action in south western Sydney. University of Western Sydney.
2. Noakes, M. A. (2015). Beginners Guide to Coloured Budgerigars. Sydney. M. Noakes
3. Noakes, M. A. (2014). Avicultural Management. Australian Aviary Life. Sydney. M. Noakes.
4. Noakes, M. A. (2014). Miniature Budgerigar Society of Australasia Judges Handbook. MBSA.
1. Kerith Power and Marc Noakes with Ian Booth and Kyle Jacobs. (in preparation) Bargo River: A Virtual Wetland. Final Grant Report to AGL.
2. Whitton, D., Noakes, M., Powell, B., Bhamjee, Y. and Pikoulas, M. (2012). The ultimate partnership: NGO, school and university. Proc. Engagement Australia Conference. Brisbane.
3. Rowan, W., Seidel, H. and Noakes. M. A. (2011). “A mastery learning approach to visual literacy in science. Critical Literacy in Science. CEO Wollongong.
4. Young, K., Campbell, J., Wheeler, C., Barrington, T. and Noakes, M. (2009). Leadership through a graduate statement. LTLL conference, ACU Strathfield.
5. Felip, A., A. Fujiwara, W. P. Young, P. A. Wheeler, M. Noakes, M. A., Phillips, R. B and Thorgaard, G. H. (2004). Polymorphism and differentiation of rainbow trout Y chromosomes. Genome 47: 1105–1113.
6. Noakes, M. A and Phillips, R. B. (2004). Reduction in Allelic Diversity at the MHC Class II locus in Lake Trout from Lake Michigan. Coastwide Salmonid Genetics Meeting. Newport, Oregon.
7. Phillips, R. B., Noakes, M. A, Morasch, M. Felip, A. and Thorgaard, G. H. (2004). Does Selection on 5S rRNA explain why the rainbow trout sex chromosome heteromorphism is NOT linked to the SEX locus? International Plant and Animal Genome XI. San Diego, California.
8. Phillips, R. B., Noakes, M. A., Morasch, M., Felip, A and Thorgaard, G. H. (2004) Does differential selection on the 5S rDNA explain why the rainbow trout sex chromosome heteromorphism is NOT linked to the SEX locus?. Cytogenet Genome Res. 105:122-125.
9. Noakes, M. A. and Phillips, R (2003). OtY1 is a Y-linked marker in Chinook salmon but not in Rainbow trout. Animal Genetics. 34:156-157.
10. Noakes M. A., Reimer, T. and Phillips, R. P. (2003). Analysis of an MHC Class II locus in Lake Trout (Salvelinus namaycush) from Lake Superior by Single Stranded Conformational Polymorphism (SSCP) analysis and Reference Strand Conformational Analysis (RSCA). Marine Biotechnology.
11. Phillips, Ruth B., Zimmerman, Ana., Noakes, Marc A., Palti, Yniv., Morasch, Matt R.W., Eiben, Lisa., Ristow, Sandra S., Thorgaard Gary H. and Hansen., John D. (2003). Physical and genetic mapping of the rainbow trout major histocompatibility regions: evidence for duplication of the class I region. Immunogenetics. 55(8): 561-569.
12. Nichols, K. M., Young, W. P., Danzmann, R. G., Rexroad, C., Noakes, M. A. et al., (2003) An Updated Genetic Linkage Map for Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Animal Genetics. 34:102-115.
13. Phillips, R. B., Zimmerman, A., Noakes, M. A., Palti, Y., Morasch, M. R., Eiben, L., Ristow, S. S., Thorgaard, G. H. and Hansen, J. D. (2003). Physical and genetic mapping of the rainbow trout major histocompatibility regions: evidence for duplication of the class I region. Immunogenetics. 55(8):561-569.
14. Hansen, J., Zimmerman, A., Eiben, L., Palti, Y., Ristow, S., Noakes, M., Nichols, K., Thorgaard, G. and Phillips, R. (2003). Physical mapping of the Rainbow trout MHC class I and II regions. International Plant and Animal Genome XI. San Diego, California.
15. Phillips, R. B., Noakes, M. A. and Morasch, M. R. (2003). Connecting the Rainbow trout linkage groups to chromosomes. International Plant and Animal Genome XI. San Diego, California.
16. Noakes, M. A. and Phillips, R. B. (2002). Morphological and geological separation in lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush) populations demonstrated at the MHC Class II locus. Western Society of Naturalists. Monterey Bay, California.
17. Noakes, M. A and Phillips, R. (2002). MHC class II Genetic Diversity in Lake Trout (Salvelinus namaycush) from Lake Michigan. Genetics of Subpolar Fish and Invertebrates. 20th Lowell Wakefield Fisheries Symposium. Juneau, Alaska.
18. Noakes, M. A, Reimer, T. and Phillips, R. P. (2001). Genotypic assessment of the MHC class II locus in Lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush) by Reference Strand-Mediated Conformational Polymorphism Analysis (RSCA) and Single Stranded Conformational Polymorphism (SSCP) Analysis. Coastwide Salmonid Genetics Meeting. Bodega Bay, California.
19. Noakes, M. A. and Adelson, D. (2000). Searching for genes associated with the control of circadian rhythms in the Barramundi (Lates calcarifer). Proc. VII Genetics in Aquaculture Conference. Townsville, Australia.
20. Noakes, M. A., Campbell, M. and Van Hest, B. (2000). The Chicken Clock gene maps to chromosome 4. Animal Genetics. 31:333-334.
21. Noakes, M. A., Campbell, M. and Van Hest, B. (1998). Identifying the chicken homologue of the mouse Clock gene. Animal Genetics 29(Suppl. 1):58.
22. Noakes, M. A., Campbell, M. and Van Hest, B. (1997). Searching for genes associated with the control of circadian rhythms in chickens. Proceedings of the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Melbourne, Australia.
23. Smith, P. T., Kolderie, S. and Noakes, M. (1996). The effect of pond management on the distribution and abundance of Vibrios and Sulfate-reducing bacteria in sediment in shrimp ponds. Asian Fisheries Science.
24. Smith, P. T., Kolderie, S.and Noakes, M. (1995). The effect of pond management on the levels and species of Vibrios in sediment in shrimp ponds. Asian Fisheries Forum. Beijing.
Amateur society publications
1. Noakes, M. A. (2015). Import and Export of Live Birds for Aviculture: Exploring Options. Australian Aviary Life. 2: 33-37.
2. Noakes, M. A. (2014). Globalisation and Local Adaptation. Australian Aviary Life 1:16-19.
3. Noakes, M. A. (2013). Propagating Mutations in Birds. AAL
4: 14-17 4. Noakes, M. A. (2013). Artificial Insemination and Genetic Management. AAL 1:32-35
5. Noakes, M. A. (2012). Iridescence in birds. AAL 6:16-18
6. Noakes, M. A. (2012). Nano-structures and Blue Feathers. AAL 5:29-32.
7. Noakes, M. A. (2012). How budgies make their colour. Wingtips. Miniature Budgerigar Society of Australasia (MBSA). 2:19-23.
8. Noakes, M. A. (2012). The true nature of the miniature exhibition budgerigar. MBSA 1:2-4.
9. Noakes, M. A. (2012). MBSA First Exhibition Success. AAL. 4:43.
10. Noakes, M. A. (2012). The Importance of Heterozygosity in Captive Populations. AAL. 3:35-37
11. Noakes, M. A. (2012). The Ying and Yang of Aviary Management. AAL 2:32-34.
12. Noakes, M. A. (2012). Now you see it: Colour Gene Regulation in Birds. AAL. 1: 31-33.
13. Noakes, M. A. (2011). In Sickness and in Health: Allelomorphs!. AAL. 6:30-32.
14. Noakes, M. A. (2011). Mosaics and blending: The art of non-Mendelian inheritance. AAL. 5:18-20.
15. Noakes, M. A., (2011). Mendel's whimps and bullies: Inheritance for beginners. AAL. 4:16-17.
16. Noakes, M. A., (2011). Size does matter: Correlation between body size and clutch size. Budgerigar. August/September.
17. Noakes, M. A. (2011). Variety is the spice of life. AAL. 3:28-29.
18. Noakes, M. A. (2011). What are genes and how do they work. AAL. 2:28-29.
19. Noakes, M. A. (2011). Why do I need to know about genetics? AAL. 1:28-29.
20. Noakes, M. A. (2010). Glow in the dark budgerigars. Pied Budgerigar Society of Australia.
21. Noakes, M. A. (2010). Yellowface budgerigar genetics. Pied Budgerigar Society of Australia.
22. Noakes, M., Clark, J. and Clark-Newman, I. (2009). Effects of Selective Breeding in the Zebra Finch. Federation of Zebra Finch Societies.
23. Noakes, M. (2009). Breeding Strategies for Small Populations. Fed Zeb Soc.
24. Noakes, M. (2009). Managing Genetic Diversity in Captive Populations. Australian Pied Budgerigar Society.
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