My passion lies in research that contributes to our understanding of the evolutionary interactions between organism and ecology - in particular, the evolution of the venom and venom systems of reptiles. My research incorporates evolutionary biology and ecology with clinical toxinology. I aim to illuminate the evolutionary processes shaping viper venom and provide insight into the implications this can have for snakebite therapeutics.
I completed my PhD in the Venom Evolution Lab at the University of Queensland where I investigated the functional and molecular evolution of viper (Viperinae) venoms. Following this, I worked at the Australian Venom Research Unit at Melbourne University where my focus was brown snake venoms.
I am presently working a short-term contract as a field research officer for Zoos Victoria in a post-bushfire koala ecology project. The project is taking place in my hometown of Mallacoota, which was severely affected in the 2019/2020 summer bushfires. This personal connection to the nature of the project explain the somewhat unusual departure from my typical line of work.