Researcher biography

I am a marine spatial ecologist with research interests in finding sustainable solutions within marine systems. My research includes conservation planning and prioritisation, marine spatial planning, modelling and mapping anthropogenic threats to biodiversity, and integrating social and economic objectives to improve management decisions and the implementation of conservation action.

I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Biological Sciences, supervised by Professor Catherine Lovelock. My research focuses on exploring conservation decision and marine spatial planning objectives for ensuring coastal resilience in the face of sea level rise.

Prior to working at UQ, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at CSIRO where I was involved in a global project (Trawling Best Practices (TBP) group) assessing the risk of trawl fishing on benthic marine fauna at both a national and global scale. I completed my PhD research at The University of Queensland’s Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions in Professor Hugh Possingham’s lab and Salit Kark’s The Biodiversity Research Group. My thesis focused on advancing conservation planning in the Mediterranean Sea, advancing the theory of systematic conservation planning and developing solutions with implications for the Mediterranean region.