I am an applied ecologist who is interested in assisted evolution, translocations, community ecology and their applications for conservation biology. Specifically I am interested in developing techniques for manipulating phenotypic traits to maximise phenotypic plasticity to adapt and cope with rapidly changing environments. I specialise in using various behavioural and physiological techniques for conservation applications both in-situ and ex-situ. My work has been across a variety of taxa including mammals, amphibians, birds and invertebrates.
My current work is examining phenotypic plasticity in response to environmental cues and examining the use of camera traps for wildlife management in fragmented and degraded landscapes in Australia and south east Asia.
I completed a PhD on the phenotypic effects of captivity at the University of Wollongong in early 2017, advised by Dr. Phillip Byrne and Assoc. Prof. James Wallman. My PhD investigated ways to reduce the adaptations to captivity and in turn how this may help improve CBPs and reintroduction success.
I gained my Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Environmental Conservation Ecology from Monash University and my Masters of Environmental Biology from the University of Wollongong.
I’ve had a keen interest in zoology ever since I could remember, wanting to know as much as possible about every animal in the world, that includes as many terrible animal jokes as possible! I’ve worked as a field guide and ranger in Southern Africa, on conservation and research projects in Africa, south east Asia and Australia and as a zookeeper. My passions are in using behavioural and physiological techniques for conservation applications, science education and of course all things zoology.
Alongside my research interests, I enjoy travelling, trekking, bird watching, hiking, football, snorkeling, photography and seeing as many animals in their natural habitat as possible.