I studied a BSc majoring in Zoology and Ecology, Environment and Conservation at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg, South Africa. I followed this with a BSc Honours in Zoology, focusing my research project on the behavioural ecology of Kalahari tree skinks Mabyua spilogaster. I then moved to the University of Pretoria, South Africa, to study an MSc with specialisation in Mammalogy, which I passed with distinction. My research project was focused on population modelling of the Eland Tragelephus oryx in the Pilanesberg National Park. I returned to Wits to study my PhD under the supervision of Prof. Neville Pillay. My project focused on the ontogeny and function of paternal care behaviour in the African striped mouse Rhabdomys pumilio. I moved to James Cook University in 2012, where I currently am employed as the First Year Coordinator for the school of Marine and Tropical Biology. I am also the laboratory coordinator for both first year biology subjects, and I lecture, coordinate and run labs for second year evolutionary biology.