Since I was young I’ve had a strong interest in animals, reading any animal book instead of children books and watching animal related documentaries instead of tv shows. I was always in the garden finding tadpoles, lizards, insects, or some other critter to study them. As a child I fell in love with frogs and even raised two of my own Green Tree Frogs. After high school I found myself studying zoology, animal science and vet studies in my undergrad through UNE during covid, with my original plan of transferring into vet science being completely derailed when I fell in love with studying ecology.
In my Grad Cert and Masters of Environmental Science we worked with reptiles and amphibians and this reignited my passion for frogs leading me to fall into volunteering positions working in the Royal National Park helping to collect data on the effects of coal mine run-off on frog health and also volunteering with the Australian Museum’s frog research on the New England Tablelands. I am now currently working as a FrogID validator and hope to continue working to help protect our threatened species and unique biodiversity.