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Associate Professor, Department of Ecology, Environment and Evolution, La Trobe University

BA from Grinnell College, Iowa (USA) and PhD in Population and Evolutionary Biology from Washington University in St. Louis (USA). Postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Genetics at La Trobe University (Melbourne). Teaching and research at the Albury-Wodonga campus of La Trobe University since 1993. Received multiple teaching awards from the Faculty, University and Australian Learning and Teaching Council. Research in conservation biology with an emphasis on evolutionary genetics. Has studied a wide range of organisms including fruit flies, honeybees, regent parrots, mountain pygmy possums, bogong moths, snowgums, and freshwater crayfish. Featured on ABC radio and TV (Ockham’s Razor and Catalyst).


  • 1998–2011
    Senior Lecturer, Environmental Mgt and Ecology, La Trobe University
  • 1993–1997
    Lecturer, Environmental Management and Ecology, La Trobe University
  • 1992–1993
    Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Genetics, La Trobe University


  • 1992 
    Washington University in St. Louis, PhD / Population and Evolutionary Biology
  • 1980 
    Grinnell College, Iowa, USA, Bachelor of Arts

Research Areas

  • Conservation And Biodiversity (050202)
  • Animal Systematics And Taxonomy (060301)
  • Population, Ecological And Evolutionary Genetics (060411)


ALTC Citation for outstanding contributions to student learning 2008LTU Citation for outstanding contributions to student learning 2008LTU Vice Chancellor's award for teaching excellence 2008Dean's award for teaching excellence 2007