Emily Johnston Flies

Postdoctoral Research Associate (U.Tasmania) & Science Writer (U.Adelaide), University of Tasmania

I completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Buffalo, with double majors in Anthropology and Psychology. I then spent a few years teaching outdoor education, studying Spanish and the Behavioural Ecology of Primates in Costa Rica and Bolivia, and travelling. I then returned to conduct a Masters Degree at Michigan State University in the Fisheries and Wildlife Department. My thesis was on the ecology of a tick-borne bacteria and I completed dual concentrations in "Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior" and "Disease Ecology and Conservation Medicine". I have just finished my PhD at the University of South Australia; my thesis is entitled "The ecology and epidemiology of Ross River virus in South Australia". I am now working as a postdoctoral research associate in the Dynamics of Eco-evolutionary Patterns lab at the University of Tasmania and moonlight as a Science Writer at the University of Adelaide. My partner, Andrew Flies, and I co-founded Science in the Pub Adelaide in 2013 and we co-founded (in 2015) and still organize Science in the Pub Tasmania. I love science.


  • –present
    PhD student in Disease Ecology, University of South Australia


  • 2012 
    Michigan State University, Master of Science