I am currently undertaking a PhD at the Australian Museum and the University of Sydney on the ‘population genomics of two commonly traded Australian cockatoo species and the invasive common myna.’ The aim of this research is to investigate the population dynamics and phylogeny of both the red-tailed black cockatoo and pink cockatoo, and to develop a multifunctional suite of genetic markers appropriate for wildlife forensic applications.
Additionally, I will investigate the genetics of the common myna invasion in Australia to identify the most effective management strategies to control this invasive species.
I have also carried out research on a number of other projects at the Australian Museum as an honours student and technical officer, such as the development of species identification tests to identify illegally traded rhino horn, that characterization of koala detoxification genes, and the construction of the first common myna genome.
My background and interests include applied wildlife genetics and wildlife forensic science. I hope my research will help combat the illegal wildlife trade, assist the conservation of endangered wildlife species and improve the management of invasive species.
- Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience (with first class Honours) at the University of Sydney
- Current PhD candidate at the University of Sydney and the Australian Museum