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Emily Johnston Flies

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (U.Tasmania), 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, 2016, I completed my PhD at the University of South Australia.; My thesis was entitled "The ecology and epidemiology of Ross River virus in South Australia". I am now working as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Dynamics of Eco-evolutionary Patterns lab at the University of Tasmania. My research is in the realm of Urban Health and examines how the urban environment impacts the health of city dwellers. My partner, Andrew Flies, and I co-founded Science in the Pub Adelaide in 2013 and Science in the Pub Tasmania in 2015. We organize Science in the Pub Tasmania events every month while a new team of coordinators contiues the Science in the Pub Adelaide monthly events. I love science.


  • 2016–present
    Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Tasmania
  • 2016–2017
    Postdoctoral research associate, University of Adelaide


  • 2016 
    University of South Australia, PhD
  • 2012 
    Michigan State University, Master of Science


2017 Tasmanian STEM Communicator of the Year