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Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Zoology, University of Otago

My research revolves around determining the relationships among different species and groups of animals as a framework for studying broader evolutionary processes, such as adaptation, convergence, dispersal, diversification, and extinction.

In particular, I focus on using "ancient DNA" to study extinct species.

Among other projects, I've been involved in the sequencing of the Tasmanian tiger (or thylacine) genome, genetic analysis of extinct short-faced kangaroos, and the identification of several undescribed (but now sadly extinct) bird species from New Zealand.


  • 2015–present
    Postdoctoral research associate, Australian Centre for Ancient DNA
  • 2018–present
    Postdoctoral research associate, Centre for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage


  • 2015 
    University of Adelaide, PhD
  • 2011 
    University of Adelaide, BSc. Hons.