Dr Vivienne Cassie-Cooper has been awarded Life Membership of ASPAB at the 17th Conference help recently in Perth. Vivienne is a Research Associate at the University of Waikato and has a very distinguished research career. She is also a Life Member of the NZ Marine Science Society. Vivienne has been a mentor for young biologists for more than 40 years, guiding them into a range of careers in phycology. Her research interests are toxic algae, and morphology, taxonomy, and ecology of microalgae in thermal, freshwater, and marine ecosystems.