Vallorie Hodges

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Vallorie Hodges

Safety and Wellbeing Advisor and University Diving Officer

Sandy Bay Campus

+61 3 6226 7200 (phone)


  • Divers Alert Network Members Choice National Award Recipient, 2012 for dedication to establishing a culture of diving safety
  • Inducted into the Women Divers Hall of Fame 2004
  • Margaret A. Dankworth Management Award Recipient, 2005
  • Served as member of the Lincoln County Dive Rescue Team from 2001-2005; recovered homicide victims/testified in murder trial for Christian Longo case.
  • Served as member of the Larimer County Dive Rescue Team from 1983-1986; assisted with numerous rescues/recoveries

General Responsibilities

Assist the University Dive Officer in ensuring that all IMAS dives conform to University Diving Policy and Procedures, as well as all relevant legislation and standards and that all IMAS personnel conducting field (diving) operations are adequately trained in field-craft and appropriate safety procedures to allow safe participation on relevant projects.

Provide expert advice and assistance with field activities to research projects and students, and manage the storage and maintenance of IMAS diving equipment.

The position supports the diving activities of the University (and of IMAS in particular) by providing assistance and backup for the University Diving Officer.

As well as gaining a high level familiarity with the University Dive Officer role, the position involves extensive liaison with all research sections within IMAS, and major challenges involve the provision of high-level technical diving support and mentoring new staff and students undertaking diving and field activities across an extensive and diverse range of projects.

Teaching Responsibilities

Scientific Diving Courses, First Aid, CPR, Oxygen, Nitrox and other diving certifications.


Hodges V. When Everything Goes Right: Implications for Scientific Diving Safety Programs. In: NW Pollock and JM Godfrey (Eds.) The Diving for Science…2007, Proceedings of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS), Twenty-sixth annual Scientific Diving Symposium, University of Miami, Miami, FL.

Hodges V, Frierson TN. Diving with Captive Sharks. In: Brueggeman P, Pollock NW, eds. Diving for Science 2008. Proceedings of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences 27th Symposium. Dauphin Island, AL: AAUS; 2008.

Hodges V, Braby, C, Laferriere, A. Collaborative Diving for Science: A report on the diving equipment, techniques and collaborative approach used to conduct sub-tidal shellfish surveys in Coos Bay, Oregon. In: Brueggeman P, Pollock NW, eds. Diving for Science 2009 Proceedings of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences 28th Symposium. pages 192-198.

Hodges V, Nixon, D. Using Risk Management Principles to Operate a Safe Scientific Diving Program. In: Lang M, Sayer, M, eds. Joint International Scientific Diving Proceedings of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences and European Scientific Diving Panel 2013. pages 91-99

Hodges V, Walker, JM. An investigation of behavioral differences in captive Sevengill Sharks and implications for dive safety management. In: Pollock NW, Stellar, D, eds. Diving for Science 2012. Proceedings of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences 31st Symposium.Hodges V, Sabalones J. Diving with Elasmobranches: Safety Protocols, Chapter 12 In: Smith M, et al eds. 2004. The Elasmobranch Husbandry Manual: Captive Care of Sharks, Rays and their Relatives. Special Publication of the Ohio Biological Survey. xv + 589 p.

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Fields of Research

  • Sports science and exercise (420799)

Research Objectives

  • Occupational health (200507)


Total publications


Conference Publication

(1 outputs)
2016Hodges VJ, Wu SS, Fell JW, Williams AD, 'Physical Function Testing for Scientific Divers: A Pilot Program We Can Live With', Proceedings of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences 35th Symposium, September 20-24, 2016, Dauphin Island, United States, pp. 127-131. ISBN 978-0-9962343-1-3 (2016) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Wu SS; Fell JW; Williams AD