Curriculum Vitae


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.


Key Skills

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.
Project management:
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.


Professional Activities

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
Ph.D Candidate
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


Referees available upon request.