Meet the contestants!

Dr Leanda Mason from Curtin University.

Their topic: “The ins and outs of trapdoor-spider sex!”

Dr Kate Senior and Ella Plumanns Pouton from the University of Melbourne.

Their topic: “These seeds are on fire!”

Dr Elodie Camprasse from Deakin University.

Her topic: “An army of claw-some friends and other wonders of the Great Southern Reef!”