My major research interests lie in the use of genomics to inform evidence-based management of Australian wildlife. My PhD explored the use of high-throughput molecular techniques to characterise community structure and function, clarify taxonomic and evolutionary relationships, and quantify the effects of captive management practices on symbiotic interactions in species of both commercial and conservation significance.
In my role at the ACWG I have overseen a number of research projects examining the mechanisms underlying population structure and functional genetic diversity in endemic Australian marsupials such as the koala and the bilby. I have also worked closely with the aviation industry to perform DNA-based species identifications of wildlife specimens involved in airstrike incidents, in an effort to develop more effective preventative management strategies.
PhD, Macquarie University, 2015
BSc (Hons), Macquarie University, 2010
Grants, awards and scholarships
Received funding of $81,649.00 from Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE), Bioplatforms Australia, and The Australian Museum for the project, “Genetic management of threatened koala populations: using exome sequencing to define meaningful conservation goals”, June 2019.