Lecturer in Genetics, Lincoln University, New Zealand

I have a PhD in Biochemistry and Genetics and am a marine biologist/geneticist living in New Zealand and mad keen on studying fish and shellfish. I have a particular love of cold places and most of my research is on Antarctic marine life. I'm passionate about doing meaningful research that will help our planet. I am researching the effects of increases in temperature, ocean acidification and pollution because the effects of climate change are something we should all worry about. I'm fascinated by epigenetics and the role of the microbiome.

I work part-time, mum full-time and am also incredibly interested in the science of parenting which is why I have my own blog motheringbyinstinct.wordpress.com to help parents take on board good quality science which they can use to empower themselves in their own parenting decisions.


  • 2008–present
    Lecturer in Genetics, Lincoln University


  • 2002 
    University of Otago, PhD
  • 1996 
    University of Otago, BSc (Hons)