2013-2017 - Macquarie University, Doctor of Philosophy 2008-2011: Australian National University, Bachelor of Science (Hons)
2017-March 2018, Endeavour Postdoctoral Fellow, East Carolina University 2013-2017, Laboratory Assistant with Simon Griffith at Macquarie University 2016, Research Associate with Simon Griffith at Macquarie University 2016, Animal Care Technician for finches at Macquarie University 2011-2013, Casual Field Zoologist with Biosis Environmental Consulting.
Grants and prizes
2017, Save the Gouldian Fund Research Grant 2016, Endeavour Postdoctoral Research Fellowship 2016, Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution Conference Registration Award 2015, Macquarie University Postgraduate Research Fund (PGRF) - travel grant 2013, Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship for PhD at Macquarie University 2011, Angus Nicholson Honours Scholarship in Science 2011, ACT Herpetological Association Research Grant 2010, Winner of the Antonella Salpietro Prize for Marine Ecology 2009, Winner of the Irene Crispin Prize for Palaeontology 2009, Winner of the Canberra Field Naturalists Prize
Conferences and Seminars
2017, Smithsonian Institute PhyloPizza invited speaker 2017, East Carolina Research In Progress Seminar Speaker 2017, 6th International Finch Convention 2017 Invited Speaker 2016, Oral presentation at Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution (SMBE), Gold Coast, Australia. "Colourful conservation – conservation genetics and selection on colour polymorphism in the threatened Gouldian finch" 2015, Poster presentation at European Society of Evolutionary Biology (ESEB), Lausanne, Switzerland. "A colourful genomic landscape: patterns of geneflow in an Australian colour polymorphic finch" 2015, Oral presentation at the International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB), Montpellier, France. " A colourful history of a polymorphic finch: a molecular analysis of demographic history and population structure in a threatened Australian finch (Erythrura gouldiae)" 2015, Oral presentation at the Student Conference for Conservation Science (SCCS), University of Queensland, Brisbane, Qld. "The colour of conservation: does colour polymorphism affect population structure in the Gouldian finch" 2014, Oral presentation at Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASSAB), Katoomba, NSW. "The colour of paternity: patterns of parentage in a polymorphic finch". 2014, Speed talk at Bioinformatics Workshop for Ecological and Evolutionary Research hosted at Deakin University "Genetic incompatibility and conservation genetics in the Gouldian finch" 2011, Oral Presentation at Australian Society of Herpetologists conference in Paluma, Queensland. "The roles of diet specialisation and aridification in the evolution of Australian burrowing elapids"
2015, Field assistant for PhD Candidate Daniel Hooper at University of Chicago catching Long-tailed finches in the Northern Territory 2012, Field assistant for PhD candidate Jose Ramos at LaTrobe in the Flinders Ranges 2012 (November), Field assistant for PhD candidate Chris Gordon at UWS/UNSW in the Strzelecki desert. 2012 (May-Jun), 2 months field assisting for a project on cuckoo-host co-evolution in Kuankuoshui NR, Guizhou, China with Dr Wei Liang of Hainan Normal University 2011-12, (Nov-Apr) Volunteer laboratory and husbandry assistant for PhD candidate Daniel Hoops, Australian National University. 2012, (Feb) Volunteer assistant collecting rainbow skinks with PhD candidate Anna Pintor, James Cook University. 2012, (Jan) Volunteer reptile pitfall-trapping in Eyre Peninsula, with PhD candidate Juliana Lazzari, Australian National University.
Teaching and outreach
2016, Guest Speaker at Nerd Nite Sydney 2016, Communications Manager for Sydney Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology 2016, Article in Queensland Finch Society newsletter "The behaviours and incompatibility of Gouldian finch head-colour morphs in captivity and the wild" 2015, Presenter at BIOL114 Academic Speed Dating practical - aimed at giving first year students an idea of what is to be in academia. 2015, Presentation on Gouldian finch conservation genetics to Finch Society of Australia. 2015, 1 hour presentation on Gouldian finch project to Hunter Valley Finch Club meeting, Maitland 2014, Macquarie University, Guest Lecture for BBE200 "Animal Behaviour" Titled: "Population Genetics and Behavioural Ecology" 2014, Macquarie University, BIOL208 - Animal Structure and Function, tutor and demonstrator 2014, Macquarie University, BIOL206 - Genetics, class tutor and demonstrator 2013, Macquarie University Campus Wellbeing and Support Services Personal Coach for BBE200 - Animal Behaviour 2012, Guest demonstrator for Canberra College biology excursion to Narooma and Montague Island. 2012, Volunteer with ACT Herpetological Association 'Snakes Alive!' Exhibit at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. This involved handling of reptiles and education of the general public. 2011, Presentation on Honours research and university life for Canberra College year 12 biology class 2011, Article in the ACT Herpetological Association newsletter about Honours research 2011, half-hour presentation on Honours research for ACT Herpetological Association meeting 2011, half-hour presentation on Honours research for ACT Field Naturalists club 2011, Demonstrator outdoor practicals in ANU Biology first year class ‘Diversity of Life’ 2010, ANU Biology Society Executive Committee
2017, Macquarie University Research Enrichment Program 'Transparent practices in empirical science' run by Dr Tim Parker 2016, Software Carpentry Courses: Unix, Python and Git Version Control 2015, Student Conference on Conservation Science, Workshop: Species distribution modelling by Dr Jane Elith 2015, Student Conference on Conservation Science, Workshop: Introduction to GIS 2015, Student Conference on Conservation Science, Workshop: Spatial Conservation Planning 2014, Macquarie University Genes to Geoscience Module: Spatial R 2014, Macquarie University Genes to Geoscience Module: Reviewing for Journals 2014, Bioinformatics Workshop for Ecological and Evolutionary Research hosted at Deakin University. Genotyping-by-Sequencing and Bioinformatics using the TASSEL Pipeline 2013,Macquarie University TIP workshop 'Providing constructive feedback' 2013, Macquarie University TIP workshop 'Teaching culturally diverse tutorials' 2013,Macquarie University TIP workshop 'Teaching in iLearn for tutors' 2013, currently undertaking a Macquarie University Tutoring Induction Programme (TIP) qualification 2013, Macquarie University Genes to Geoscience R modules: Programming, Graphing and Statistics 2013, Macquarie University Genes to Geoscience workshop "Emerging omics technologies and new questions in ecology and evolution" 2013, Macquarie University Genes to Geoscience workshop "Scientific Bias", Run by special guest Malin Ah-King