Career

2021 – current: Lecturer in Conservation Science
Deakin University, Burwood

My research focuses on finding real-world solutions to invasive species management and spans the fields of threatened species ecology, landscape ecology, trophic dynamics, island ecology, conservation biology and human-wildlife conflict. I regularly bring this research into the classroom, as a core member of the Wildlife and Conservation biology course team.

Units include:
SLE302 – Wildlife Field Studies (unit chair)
SLE301 – Professional Practice (unit chair)
SLE151 – Biodiversity: A global perspective (unit chair)
SLE226 – Environmental Team Based Research
SLE114 – Introduction to Parks and Wildlife

2018 – 2021: Associate Lecturer in Conservation Biology Deakin University, Burwood

At the beginning of 2018 I was offered my first contract position at Deakin University. This position has seen me teach extensively into the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology) degree as well as the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Environmental Management and Sustainability) degree.

Units include:
SLE310 – Pest Plants and Animals
SLE322 – Landscape Ecology (unit chair 2020)
SLE324 – Australian Vertebrates
SLE309 – Wildlife Conservation
SLE302 – Wildlife Field Studies
SLE301 – Professional Practice (unit chair 2020)
SLE226 – Environmental Team Based Research
SLE151 – Biodiversity: A Global Perspective (unit chair 2019)
SLE121 – Environmental Sustainability (unit chair 2019)
SLE114 – Introduction to Parks and Wildlife

2016 – current: PhD Candidate, Centre for Integrative Ecology Deakin University, Burwood

My PhD research focuses on the trophic dynamics of invasive species within insular ecosystems and works to better understand these interactions to facilitate improved endangered species recovery within these ecosystems. See “Projects” for more information.

2015 – 2016:    Research Technical Officer: Fauna Translocations Phillip Island Nature Parks, Phillip Island. 

This short-term contract was focused on the recovery of eastern barred bandicoots. The species is considered Extinct in the Wild within Victoria and the eastern barred bandicoot recovery team had initiated projects to establish the species on fox-free offshore islands.

My role was to monitor the introduced population of bandicoots on Churchill Island (just off the coast of Phillip Island) and quantify individuals’ health, survivorship and habitat use. This information has subsequently been used to identify critical habitat characteristics, immediately post release. You can read more here this research here: https://doi.org/10.3354/esr008933 and under ‘Projects’

2012 – 2017: Casual Academic Deakin University, Burwood

I was involved as a supportive tutor and demonstrator both in on-campus and field-based teaching units. These units ranged from first year Environmental Sustainability, to second year statistics and third year field programs.

2012: Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) Deakin University, Burwood

My Honours research investigated the presence and distribution of native and invasive rodents on Phillip Island. This project was initiated after the broad-scale knockdown of the introduced red fox as part of their fox eradication program (subsequently deemed successful in 2017). My core focus was to determine if any native small mammals were still present and which invasive rodents were most abundant. You can read more about this research here: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0086592.

2009 – 2011: Bachelor of Environmental Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology) Deakin University, Burwood

This undergraduate degree had a strong focus on experiential learning, with numerous field trips designed to develop practical ecological skills. During my time as an undergraduate I was also heavily involved in the Deakin Enviro Club, elected President for two years.