About Me

I am currently doing a second postdoc in the School of BioSciences, University of Melbourne funded by an Australia Research Council (ARC) Linkage grant. This project has collaborators from Metabolomics Australia, CSIRO Land and Water and Melbourne Water and is developing new ways to combine eDNA metabarcoding and metabolomics in marine pollution assessments.

My first postdoc position was at the Centre for Aquatic Pollution Identification and Management (CAPIM). in the estuarine research group that is led by Prof Mick Keough.

I have two young boys. I love running.

My undergraduate qualifications inlcude a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Adelaide University) and a Bachelor of Science (Flinders University) with Honours (Melbourne University). My Honours project was with Mick Keough and Jeff Ross as part of a larger ARC Linkage project that involved Andy Longmore, investigating interactions between nutrient dynamics and marine pests in Port Phillip Bay.

I completed my PhD in 2008 at the University of Melbourne under the supervision of Professor Mick Keough (Melbourne University) and Dr Liz Morris (former Department of Primary Industries Victoria). My PhD research focused on understanding how nutrient enrichment (sewage-related and detrital enrichment) affects macrofauna communities in intertidal soft sediments. This included a collaboration with Nils Volkenborn and Justus Van Beusekom from the Alfred Wegner Institute, Germany – ‘The role of an ecosystem engineer (Arenicola marina) in nutrient dynamics’.

Between completing my PhD and starting my first postdoc I worked as the Victorian representative on the BlueNet Project (2009) and as an environmental consultant at Jacobs (formally Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM)).

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