2012 – 2016 University of New South Wales, Evolutionary Biology Ph.D.
2011 – 2012 University of Melbourne, Zoology, 1st Class B.Sc. (Hons)
2007 – 2010 Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Environmental Science B.Sc.
Problem solving and strategic thinking:
Analysis of complex data, identification of trends and development of new methodologies and approaches. Ability to adapt ideas from relevant publications. Practical and solution orientated thinking, with a well-developed capacity for dealing with changing circumstances.
High level written, editorial and public speaking skills developed through writing research papers, teaching and delivering seminars and conference presentations. Keen ability to present complex material with clarity and tailor the pitch for a wide range of audiences.
Identification of key objectives and goals, development of timelines and monitoring of progress. Experience in securing funding for projects and managing project budgets. Organisation and execution of international field trips, including all logistics and permitting.
Collaboration and teamwork:
Collaborate with people from broad backgrounds, varying experience levels and English proficiency, to achieve specific outcomes. Oversee concurrent projects, effectively manage own time and ensure other team-members meet agreed objectives. Set priorities and delegate tasks.
Endeavour Postdoctoral Research Fellow
University of Porto, Portugal | March 2018 – present
Coordinated a large-scale data collection project in the Pyrenees, Spain (May – July)
Developed methodology and ran extensive behavioural experiments
Managed competing data collection priorities for a variety of stakeholders
Made on-the-ground decisions to best further project objectives
Supervised team-members with varying levels of experience
Exceeded expectations for achievements in the period
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
National University of Singapore, Singapore | November 2016 – November 2017
Conducted independent research, from conception through to data analysis
Mentored Honours and Ph.D students throughout research projects
Delivered a workshop on improving clarity in scientific writing
Expanded research group safety protocols and coordinated an accreditation audit
Maintained live spider collections and conducted lab-based behavioural experiments
Developed new gene editing procedures for spiders in the lab
University of New South Wales, Australia | 2012 – 2016
Organised and led several research field trips to Malaysia, Borneo and the Philippines
Designed field-based experiments and supervised execution and data collection
Analysed data, interpreted and presented results with clarity and logical flow
Prepared manuscripts for publication in high impact international journals
Wrote successful grant applications, attended and presented at several conferences
Scientific advisor for a BBC wildlife documentary shoot, in Sarawak, Borneo
Lab Supervisor and Demonstrator
University of New South Wales and University of Melbourne, Australia | 2012-2014
Demonstrated for Animal Behaviour practical laboratory classes (3rd Year), 72 hours
Supervised and demonstrated for Biology labs (1st Year), 144 and 115 hours respectively
Built student technical skills, edited and marked assignments
Grants & awards
2018 $ 24,000 Endeavour Postgraduate Research Fellowship, Australian Government
2014 book Best Speed Talk, Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour
2014 $ 2,000 International Society for Behavioral Ecology Conference Travel Award
2012 $ 600 Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour Student Grant
2012 $ 1,500 Evolution & Ecology Research Centre Postgraduate Research Grant
2012 $ 200 Taronga Conservation Prize, BEES Postgraduate Research Forum, UNSW
2012 $ 95,000 Australian Postgraduate Award, Australian Government