Aditee Mitra is a botanist by BSc, an ecologist by MSc and plankton ecologist by PhD and research. She is interested in the interface of science, governance and the public, having worked in publishing, broadcasting, local government and academia. Since 2014, Aditee has been a key driver of a new paradigm in marine ecology that rewrites over 100 years of traditional dogma. This ‘mixoplankton paradigm’ recognizes the global importance of hitherto largely ignored single-celled plankton that can photosynthesize like plants and hunt like animals. ‘Good’ mixoplankton species play essential roles in supporting ocean life, while growths of ‘bad’ mixoplankton supported by nutrient pollution form harmful blooms which lead to mass fish mortalities. This new paradigm radically redraws conceptual underpinnings of all that marine biology thought it knew. Aditee’s aspiration is to take these research findings to upskill managers and update education of marine science.