In my current position as a Research Scientist at TropWATER, James Cook University, I explore the efficacy of coral restoration methods globally, and evaluate their potential for use on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. The project is highly collaborative and interdisciplinary, and strive to bridge the gap between restoration practitioners and restoration ecologists through the use of innovative science communication. - [NESP TWQ 4.3 Best practice coral restoration for the Great Barrier Reef - Co-Investigator]
During my postdoc I explored the role of habitat restoration for Australia's Matters of National Environmental Significance (MNES). This project was a collaboration between experts in each of four threatened coastal ecosystems in Australia (kelp forests, seagrass meadows, shellfish reefs, saltmarshes). Further, I investigated the ecology of shellfish reefs in Australia. These reefs are poorly understood in Australia, and have experienced a rapid decline over the past century. In particular I evaluated the invertebrate and fish biodiversity that is associated with oyster reefs of east coast Australia.- [NESP MB E5 - The role of restoration in conserving matters of national environmental significance in marine and coastal environments, PI: Dr Ian McLeod]- [NESP MB B4 - Underpinning the repair and conservation of Australia's threatened coastal-marine habitats. PI: Dr Ian McLeod]
In an ongoing side-project, I have developed a cost-effective and widely available method to cull crown-of-thorns starfish. The method achieves 100% mortality using a single shot of household white vinegar and is now widely used throughout the Indo-Pacific region, and on the Great Barrier Reef.
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 the 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.
Read more about me here.
Short video explaining some of my research: 3 minute thesis (3MT) video discussing some of my research.
Long video explaining my PhD research: PhD Pre-completion seminar 2016