Researcher biography

I am a PhD candidate in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions at The University of Queensland, Australia. My work, supervised by Professor Hugh Possingham, Dr Maria Beger and Dr Carissa Klein focuses on improving methods for applied conservation planning in marine and coastal ecosystems. I am interested in spatial conservation of highly mobile species and am developing methods to better capture fine-scale movement derived from satellite tracking data in order to minimise the risk of fisheries bycatch. I also assist with decision-support for several marine conservation planning projects in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy, WWF-Malaysia, The Coral Triangle Initiative and the Australian Government. Previously, I worked on identifying conservation gaps in the Coral Triangle, identifying areas in California's National Marine Sanctuaries for seabird conservation and tracking invasive algae species in San Francisco Bay for the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.