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Research Fellow, University of Sydney

I am a Research Fellow at Macquarie University. I study Australian songbirds and lecture on The Music of Nature and the Nature of Music.


  • 2015–present
    Research Fellow, Macquarie University
  • 2012–2015
    Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Technology Sydney
  • 2011–2012
    Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin
  • 2010–2011
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris


  • 2009 
    University of Western Sydney, PhD


  • 2014
    Whose bird is it? Messiaen's transcriptions of Australian songbirds, Twentieth-Century Music
  • 2013
    Connecting interdisciplinary dots: Songbirds, “white rats,” and human exceptionalism, Social Science Information
  • 2013
    A little flute music: mimicry, memory, and narrativity, Environmental Humanities
  • 2011
    Composers’ appropriation of pied butcherbird song: Henry Tate’s ‘undersong of Australia’ comes of age, Journal of Music Research Online
  • 2011
    The Australian pied butcherbird and the natureculture continuum, Journal of Interdisciplinary Music Studies
  • 2011
    Anecdote and anthropomorphism: Writing the Australian pied butcherbird, Australasian Journal of Ecocriticism and Cultural Ecology
  • 2011
    A taste for the beautiful, Leonardo Journal
  • 2010
    Blowin' in Birdland: Improvisation and the Australian pied butcherbird, Leonardo Music Journal
  • 2008
    Decoding the song of the pied butcherbird: An initial survey, Transcultural Music Review
  • 2007
    Post Impressions: A Travel Book for Tragic Intellectuals, Twisted Fiddle