I have a couple of undergraduate degrees from Australia (University of Canberra and Macquarie University) and a PhD from the University of Otago in New Zealand. I worked as a postdoctoral fellow in New Zealand (University of Otago) and then in Belgium (Universite Libre de Bruxelles) before taking up a permanent position as a lecturer in the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University in 2012. My research focuses on the biogeography and evolution of Southern Hemisphere species. I use both ecological and genetic techniques to address research questions, and have a particular interest in high-latitude (sub-Antarctic and Antarctic) ecosystems.

Experience

  • 2015–present
    Senior lecturer, Australian National University
  • 2012–2014
    Lecturer, Australian National University
  • 2011–2012
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Universite Libre de Bruxelles
  • 2009–2011
    Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Otago
  • 2005–2006
    Technical Officer, Australian Museum

Education

  • 2009 
    University of Otago, PhD
  • 2005 
    Macquarie University, Bachelor of Marine Science (1st Class Honours)
  • 2000 
    University of Canberra, Bachelor of Applied Science (Conservation of Cultural Materials)

Publications

  • 2014
    Geothermal activity helps life survive glacial cycles, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA
  • 2014
    Rafting dispersal constrained by an oceanographic boundary, Marine Ecology Progress Series
  • 2013
    Genetic affinities between trans-oceanic populations of non-buoyant macroalgae in the high latitudes of the Southern Hemisphere, PLoS One
  • 2013
    Founder takes all: density-dependent processes structure biodiversity. , Trends in Ecology and Evolution
  • 2013
    Algal parasite Herpodiscus durvillaeae inferred to have traversed the Pacific Ocean with its buoyant host, Journal of Phycology
  • 2012
    The impacts of past climate change on sub-Antarctic nearshore ecosystems, Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
  • 2012
    Durvillaea poha sp. nov. (Fucales, Phaeophyceae): a buoyant southern bull-kelp species endemic to New Zealand, Phycologia
  • 2012
    Is bull-kelp kelp? The role of common names in science, New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research
  • 2012
    Poleward bound: biological impacts of Southern Hemisphere glaciation, Trends in Ecology and Evolution
  • 2012
    Long-distance dispersal – a framework for hypothesis testing., Trends in Ecology and Evolution
  • 2011
    Oceanic rafting of a coastal community, Proceedings of the Royal Society, B
  • 2011
    Sedimentology of a wreck: the Rainbow Warrior revisited, Marine Pollution Bulletin
  • 2010
    Multigene phylogeny of the southern bull-kelp genus Durvillaea (Phaeophyceae: Fucales), Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
  • 2010
    Asymmetric dispersal of southern bull-kelp (Durvillaea antarctica) adults in coastal New Zealand: testing an oceanographic hypothesis, Molecular Ecology
  • 2010
    Contemporary habitat discontinuity and historic glacial ice drive genetic divergence in Chilean kelp, BMC Evolutionary Biology
  • 2010
    Circumpolar dispersal by rafting in two subantarctic kelp-dwelling crustaceans, Marine Ecology-Progress Series
  • 2010
    Human impacts in an urban port: the carbonate budget, Otago Harbour, New Zealand, Estuarine, Coastal & Shelf Science
  • 2009
    Glacial oceanographic contrasts explain phylogeography of Australian bull kelp, Molecular Ecolog
  • 2009
    Kelp genes reveal effects of subantarctic sea ice during the Last Glacial Maximum, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA
  • 2009
    Genetic and morphological analyses of the southern bull kelp Durvillaea antarctica (Phaeophyceae: Durvillaeales) in New Zealand reveal cryptic species, Journal of Phycology
  • 2006
    European hydromedusa Eleutheria dichotoma (Anthomedusae: Cladonematidae) found at high densities in New South Wales, Australia: distribution, biology and habitat, Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
  • 2006
    Long-term changes in polychaete assemblages of Botany Bay (NSW, Australia) following a dredging event, Marine Pollution Bulletin

Grants and Contracts

  • 2014
    Volcanoes as safe-havens for Antarctic species during ice ages
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2013
    Parasitism and the immune system in Little Penguins (Eudyptula minor)
    Role:
    Co-Inverstigator
    Funding Source:
    Sea World Research and Rescue Foundation

Research Areas

  • Biogeography And Phylogeography (060302)
  • Evolutionary Impacts Of Climate Change (060306)
  • Marine And Estuarine Ecology (Incl. Marine Ichthyology) (060205)
  • Speciation And Extinction (060311)