Researcher biography

Harrah Friedlander is a PhD candidate at The University of Queensland with supervisors Dr Simon Hart and Professor Richard Fuller. Her research focus is the effects of rapid evolution on ecological dynamics and stability in variable environments, with an emphasis on freshwater systems. Harrah is passionate about deepening our understanding of how anthropogenic climate change affects these essential and threatened systems and engaging diverse researchers and communities in conservation actions.

Harrah received her Bachelor of Science in Conservation Biology from the University of Idaho with Latin honours Summa cum laude, where her thesis focused on the correlation between environmental characteristics of the sagebrush steppe or genetic variables in big sagebrush subspecies and arthropod taxonomic richness. Prior to turning to conservation, Harrah received Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Northwestern University and performed in and directed operas and recitals.