I am a marine ecologist working at James Cook University, Townsville, Australia.
In my current position as a Postdoctoral researcher at TropWATER I explore the ecology of shellfish reefs, with Dr Ian McLeod. These reefs are poorly understood in Australia, and have experienced a rapid decline over the past century. In particular I investigate the invertebrate and fish biodiversity that is associated with oyster reefs of east coast Australia.
My PhD was conducted in the Geoff Jones lab at the College of Marine & Environmental Sciences at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia. My thesis project investigated consequences of habitat degradation to the ecology of reef fishes. In particular I'm interested in how behavioural interactions are affected by habitat degradation, and investigating the link to species loss following coral degradation. My undergraduate and Honours degrees were conducted at James Cook University, Townsville, Australia. In a previous life I worked as a dive instructor in Phuket, Thailand for over 3 years.