I have been actively engaged in the development, conduct and communication of biological science, especially in the area of marine phytoplankton and algal blooms for the past twenty years. I have worked in academia, government and also as a private consultant. I obtained my PhD from Macquarie University in 2014 and was awarded a UTS Chancellors Post Doctorate Fellowship this same year.
My research has included the effects of ocean outfalls on marine biota, the role of nutrients, both naturally derived and anthropogenic, in phytoplankton dynamics (with an emphasis on the Port Hacking long term monitoring station), and the ecology and specialist identification of harmful algal blooms.
My Fellowship at UTS in The Plant Functional Biology and Climate Change Cluster (C3) Seafood Safety Program will engage novel genetic tools to investigate a central question in marine ecology – how do long term changes in ocean temperature drive genotypic and phenotypic responses at both the population and community levels. Specifically, how will ecologically significant, and potentially toxic, diatom species respond to ocean warming? This research will provide critical insights into stress response, gene function and the adaptive capability of organisms to changing ocean conditions.