Marine Invertebrates Museum Victoria GPO Box 666 Melbourne Vic 3001 Australia
I’m a PhD candidate in the Quantitative & Applied Ecology Group at the School of Botany, University of Melbourne and Museum Victoria. I am supervised by Brendan Wintle (UM) and Tim O’Hara (MV).
My research aims to describe and explore drivers of macro-ecological patterns of seafloor biodiversity, including species richness, beta-diversity, community composition and the spatial aggregation of rare species, where rare can mean being uncommon, regionally endemic or a habitat specialist.
I will be using an increasingly growing data set (we’re going global!) on brittle stars (Ophiuroidea) and squat lobsters (Galatheoidea) as my model species. If you have any interest in my research, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Bachelor of Science, The University of Melbourne.
Master of Science, The University of Melbourne.
Membership of key national committees
The paper, titled 'Contrasting processes drive ophiuroid...
An international team of 40 scientists is set to embark on a pioneering voyage to study Australia’s eastern abyss, four kilometres beneath the ocean surface.
The month-long voyage on the Marine National Facility research vessel...
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...
The Conversation, 25 September 2014
A complete tree of life – showing how and when organisms are related to each other – has long been desired by biologists, but obscured by the vagaries of the fossil record. Now, next-generation gene sequencing, capable of sequencing hundreds of millions of pieces of DNA, is not only revolutionising human medicine and agriculture, but also transforming our understanding about the origins and distribution of life on Earth. Read Museum Victoria and...
The Age, 25 August 2014
The scientific secrets of some of Museum Victoria's unique marine animal collection have been unlocked for the first time, thanks to DNA testing.
Researchers sequenced more than 400 genes from 50 different types of brittle stars, with the results set to shed new light on the evolution of Australia's deep-sea life.
Relatives of starfish, brittle stars are marine animals that can live up to five kilometres below the surface on the abyssal plain....