Researcher biography

I grew up in Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast, and through numerous camping and surf trips with my family I developed a great love for all things natural. I completed a dual Bachelor of Science/Journalism in 2012, followed by an Honours project the following year, where I worked with the Wildlife Conservation Society to test the effectiveness of a widely used biodiversity surrogacy approach.

I am now a PhD student under James Watson, Carissa Klein and Hugh Possingham. I am passionate about biodiversity conservation in general, but have a particular interest in how future land-use and climate change will affect biodiversity and people. My PhD is focused on developing conservation planning methods to incorporate climate change and land-based impacts to the marine environment. As part of my PhD I'm also working with the Wildlife Conservation Society as part of an NCEAS SNaP project to help the Fijian government plan for the impacts of land use on coral reefs.