My research uses the Museum collections to understand species diversity, distribution and connectivity in the Australian deep-sea environment.
My area of taxonomic expertise is the phylum Annelida, particularly the class Polychaeta (bristle worms). Polychaetes are a dominant group in deep-sea sediments. I use both morphological and molecular methods to delineate species and understand their geographic and depth distributions. We know very little about the organisms living in the deeper areas of Australian waters, my research can be used to inform management decisions to protect these remote ecosystems.
Marine annelid Biodiversity of Australia’s Eastern Abyss
Ampharetidae (Annelida) Genetic Connectivity in Australian Deep-sea Marine Parks
Polychaete Fauna Found on Whale Bones from the Australian Abyss
- Deep-sea Ecology Ph.D. National Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton and the Natural History Museum London.
- MSc. Oceanography University of Southampton.
- MA Biological Sciences St. Hilda’s College, University of Oxford.
Linnean Society of New South Wales
Australian Marine Sciences Association.
The Royal Society of Biology
Porcupine Marine Natural History Society.
Deep-sea Biology Society
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