Growing up on the coast of southern Australia, I developed a passion for the natural environment by exploring the local bush-land and the ocean. Through my studies and research, I have pursued this passion and continue to feed my wonder about ecological systems.
In 2003 I completed a Bachelor of Science (Conservation Biology and Ecology) at La Trobe University in Melbourne Australia. My honours year research project investigated the gene flow and dispersal capabilities of log-dwelling beetles at the Warra Long Term Ecological Research facility in the forests of Southern Tasmania. After completing my undergraduate degree I worked in north-west Victoria, Australia advising and managing conservation programs in heavily modified agricultural systems. I returned to academia to undertake a PhD with the Landscape Ecology Research Group at Deakin University. My doctoral research was undertaken as part of the Mallee Fire and Biodiversity Project and investigated the role of fire in the conservation and ecology of bird communities. I completed my PhD in 2011 and immediately commenced a post-doctoral research fellowship with the Institute for Land, Water and Society at Charles Sturt University (Advisors: Professor Gary Luck, Dr Peter Spooner and Professor David Watson) where I studied the effects of interacting spatial and temporal properties of land-use change on the structure and function of ecosystems. Applying this knowledge to inform conservation management of the endangered Regent Parrot Polytelis anthopeplus monarchoides. In currently work in the Department of Ecology, Environment and Evolution at La Trobe University where I am continuing my research on the effects of fire and land-use change on ecosystems.
I still enjoy exploring the natural environment for work and for play.