Arafura Timor Research Facility,
23 Ellangowan Drive,
Darwin, NT 0810
I am currently a postdoctoral researcher based at the Australian Institute of Marine Science, Darwin. My current research uses biotelemetry and other forms of spatial observations to examine the movement ecology and distribution patterns of threatened species. I am particularly interested in understanding how sea snake populations are affected by environmental change and their vulnerability to anthropogenic threats (e.g. trawl and trap fishing, coastal development). My research aims to develop robust quantitative techniques to understand how animals interact with their environment, respond to anthropogenic threats and produce outcomes relevant to management and conservation.
I completed a Bachelor of Science degree in New Zealand majoring in zoology and ecology. I then moved to Townsville to further explore the ecology of marine animals and completed an honours degree at James Cook University, Townsville looking at the spatial ecology of coastal sharks during extreme weather conditions. For my Ph.D studies, I explored the movement ecology and dive physiology of marine snakes in North Queensland.
Membership of key national committees
- Australian Marine Sciences Association
- IUCN sea snake specialist group
Sawfish Day is an annual event to raise awareness of these vulnerable animals and to highlight the threats they face in order to safeguard their future. Now in its second year, help raise awareness of this special day and of these magnificent marine animals,by sharing these links with your social networks:
One of the most endangered fish on the planet could receive a lifeline through a research project about to begin in Northern Australia.
Coinciding with International Sawfish Day on 17 October, Charles Darwin University (CDU) and the Northern Prawn Fishery (NPF) are launching a project to study the Narrow Sawfish across Northern Australia.
Sawfish numbers have...
A Marine Biodiversity Hub study led by Geoscience Australia (GA) has used satellite...
In early 2017, a 2.7-metre Largetooth Sawfish was caught by local woman Lisa Smiler at Wattie Creek, a tributary of the Victoria River near...
Australia’s Environment Minister, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, joined University of Tasmania scientists and volunteer divers on a Reef Life Survey at Tinderbox Marine Reserve south of Hobart today.
After the dive, the Minister joined UTAS Vice Chancellor, Professor Peter Rathjen, at Hobart’s Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies to launch the Marine Biodiversity Hub, one of six hubs funded under the National Environmental Science Programme (NESP).
The NESP is a six-...
Wednesday 10 December 2014
The Australian Government has announced the successful organisations to lead research hubs under the $142.5 million National Environmental Science Programme (NESP). The programme will assist decision-makers to understand, manage and conserve Australia's environment by funding world-class biodiversity and climate science. This research will ensure decisions about managing Australia's biodiversity and environmental resources are made on the best available...