I received a Bachelor of Environmental Science with Honours from the University of Canberra (UC) in 2011. For my honours project I investigated the genetic population structure of the flatback turtle across its Northern Australian range, gaining insights into the spatial population dynamics and evolution of this vulnerable Australian species.
Following my studies I became a research technician for the Wildlife Genetics Laboratory at the Institute for Applied Ecology at UC working on marine turtle and crocodile population genetics, while tutouring in statistics, research methods, evolution and bio-diversity. During this period I also worked as a statistician, analysing the social networks of an educational online learning interface. After doing a bit of saving I headed of overseas for 7 months before coming back to reality and a PhD in Darwin at CDU and RIEL.
My project will investigate the spatial and temporal impacts from feral buffalo and pig populations in Kakadu National Park, using a mixture of traditional applied ecological methods and novel remote sensing GPS linked technologies.