In 2003 I moved north to Townsville, QLD to do a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Marine Biology and went on to complete a B.Sc with Honours in Marine Ecology at James Cook University (JCU).
Following my studies I worked as a Research Associate and Lab Manager at JCU, as well as a teaching assistant in chemistry, statistics, biology and ecology and delivering the occasional lecture to under- and post-graduate students. I also worked for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority in the Climate Change Group, working on projects delivering on objectives of the Great Barrier Reef Climate Change Action Plan 2007-2012.
In 2010 I relocated to Perth to take up a Research Scientist position in the Marine Science Program with the Western Australia Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) (now WA Department of Parks and Wildlife). As a manager I worked across WA's tropical Marine Parks, establishing and implementing long-term monitoring programs and assessing the condition and pressures associated with biological and human assets in the Parks. Whilst with DEC I also did substantial work in Environmental Impact Assessments of large-scale industrial developments in the Offshore Pilbara.
In 2013 I arrived in Darwin to commence a joint CDU-ANU PhD and North Australia Marine Research Alliance doctoral fellowship. During my candidature I am aiming to integrate my experience in pure and applied science, management and conservation into the livelihood and wellbeing perspective. It is my primary objective that my research identifies critical aspects of social and natural systems that confer social and ecological resilience and delivers meaningful outcomes for communities and the ecosystems on which they depend.
|My project aims to identify, understand and prioritise the social, ecological and economic drivers of the impacts of fishing activity on communities and ecosystems for improved resource management and coastal livelihoods.|