Laboratory and Technical Support Officer, Australian Tropical Herbarium, James Cook University

My main research interests are in the ecology and biodiversity of the mountain flora of the Wet Tropics. Much of my work is involved with planning and leading expeditions to the high peaks of the Wet Tropics bioregion. The aim of these expeditions is manifold: to precisely map the distribution of the bioregion’s high altitude endemic flora, to collect samples for ex-situ conservation, to collect samples for genetic and physiological investigations, and to improve knowledge of the bioregion’s fern and bryophyte diversity.

I'm also responsible for development and presentation of “Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants” - a series of short courses aimed at teaching plant identification skills to students and interested members of the public. The diverse flora of the Wet Tropics rainforests is the subject of these courses, with focus given to the basic leaf, flower, bark and fruit features that help to distinguish each species.

I assist with the curation of the Australian Tropical Herbarium collection.

Experience

  • 2009–present
    Laboratory and Technical Support Officer, Australian Tropical Herbarium

Education

  • 2000 
    James Cook University, M.Sc.