Postdoctoral Researcher, Australian National University

I am interested in how biotic and abiotic stressors affect animal behaviour and performance. Biophysical interactions (effect of temperature, water flow, etc. on species) and biotic interactions (competition, predation, parasitism) have broad implications for understanding how species persist in their natural habitat, particularly in the face of environmental change. My PhD research focused on fish locomotion and the morphological and physiological adaptations that allow species to respond and adjust to environmental stressors. I try to understand how the individual performance of temperate and tropical fishes affects broad-scale ecological patterns such as population structure and species’ distributions. My research interests are broad, and include studies on energetics (metabolism) and performance (kinematics), ecomorphology, behavioural and physiological ecology, and invasive species in fishes, crabs, and other aquatic organisms. I like to combine laboratory experiments with field observations to relate quantitative experimental data with ecological outcomes. I am also interested in science policy and the open science movement.


  • 2014–present
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Australian National University


  • 2014 
    Australian National University, PhD
  • 2009 
    McGill University, MSc
  • 2006 
    McGill University, BSc


  • 2014
    Unsteady water flow affects swimming performance in a labriform fish (Cymatogaster aggregata), Journal of Experimental Biology
  • 2014
    Troubleshooting public data archiving: suggestions to increase participation, PLOS Biology
  • 2013
    Finding the best estimates of metabolic rates in a coral reef fish, Journal of Experimental Biology
  • 2013
    Data deposition: fees could damage public data archives, Nature
  • 2013
    Prevalence of the parasitic cymothoid isopod Anilocra nemipteri on its fish host at Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australian Journal of Zoology
  • 2013
    Ectoparasites increase swimming costs in a coral reef fish, Biology Letters
  • 2013
    Localised intra-specific variation in the swimming phenotype of a coral reef fish across different wave exposures, Oecologia
  • 2013
    Increased behavioural lateralization in parasitized coral reef fish, Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology
  • 2012
    Shelters and their use by fishes on fringing coral reefs, PLOS One
  • 2011
    The Iraqi crab, Elamenopsis kempi in the Panama Canal: distribution, abundance and interactions with the exotic North American crab, Rhithropanopeus harrisii, Aquatic Invasions
  • 2010
    Higher parasite richness, abundance and impact in native versus introduced cichlid fishes, International Journal for Parasitology
  • 2009
    Interoceanic occurrence of species of Aristocleidus Mueller, 1936 (Monogenoidea: Dactylogyridae) parasitizing the gills of gerreid fishes in the Neotropics, Parasitology Research
  • 2009
    Avoiding deforestation in Panamanian protected areas: an analysis of protection effectiveness and implications for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, Global Environmental Change
  • 2009
    Localized invasion of the North American Harris mud crab, Rhithropanopeus harrisii, in the Panama Canal: implications for eradication and spread, Biological Invasions
  • 2008
    New species of Diplectanum (Monogenoidea: Diplectanidae), and proposal of a new genus of the Dactylogyridae from the gills of gerreid fishes (Teleostei) from Mexico and Panama, Folia parasitologica
  • 2007
    Established population of the North American Harris mud crab, Rhithropanopeus harrisii (Gould 1841)(Crustacea: Brachyura: Xanthidae) in the Panama Canal, Aquatic Invasions