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Academic Fellow, University of Sydney

I am a Senior Lecturer (Academic Fellow) at The University of Sydney. I hold a courtesy faculty position within the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University, and an Affiliate Assistant Professorship within the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at The University of Washington.

My research addresses how species respond to human-induced changes to the landscape. I am particularly interested in how humans, predators and scavengers shape and drive ecosystem processes.

My doctoral research focused on the ecology and behaviour of the dingo in the Tanami Desert of central Australia. As a Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar I investigated the ecological role of grey wolves and other large carnivores.

I currently co-lead studies assessing (i) how mountain lions and other species are responding to the return of grey wolves in Washington State USA, (ii) the ecological role of vertebrate and invertebrate scavengers in Australia, (iii) factors that lead to human-carnivore conflicts, and (iv) how to resolve the global climate and extinction crisis.

In 2018 I established the Global Ecology Lab at The University of Sydney.


  • 2014–present
    Courtesy Faculty, Oregon State University
  • 2018–present
    Lecturer, University of Sydney
  • 2014–present
    Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Sydney
  • 2016–2017
    Adjunct assistant professor, University of Washington
  • 2016–2017
    Postdoctoral research fellow, Deakin University
  • 2013–2014
    Fulbright Scholar (Postdoctoral), Oregon State University/University of Washington
  • 2011–2013
    Senior Ecologist, SMEC
  • 2013–2013
    Research Fellow, University of Sydney
  • 2005–2011
    Consultant, Low Ecological Services


  • 2011 
    University of Sydney, PhD
  • 2005 
    University of Sydney, MSc
  • 2004 
    University of Sydney, BSc (Environmental)

Research Areas

  • Ecosystem Function (050102)
  • Invasive Species Ecology (050103)
  • Wildlife And Habitat Management (050211)