About me

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Welcome to my ecology and conservation research page!

I am currently a PhD student at the Centre for Integrative Ecology, School of Life and Environmental Sciences in Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia.

My PhD focuses on understanding the uncertainties and inconsistencies that exist in the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems and IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Additionally, I also investigate the incorporation of remote sensing methods within the Red List framework. The aim of this research is to understand the implications of using different methods to assess species and ecosystem risk, and to expand the capacity of current risk assessments by taking advantage of the non-invasive, efficient, and low-cost nature of remotely sensed data.

In addition to my PhD research, I am also interested in looking for ways to more successfully incorporate environmental issues into policy making, developing methods and tools necessary for spatially-explicit conservation decisions, and studying ecosystem disturbance-recovery dynamics.

Prior to my PhD, I was a research intern working at the Institute of Zoology and Natural History Museum in London, investigating the use of multibeam sonar in kelp monitoring around the British Isles. Before that, I was a Masters student at based at the Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research, University College London, the Institute of Zoology, and the London Natural History Museum.

Memberships

  • Ecological Society of Australia (ESA, 2018 – )
  • Society for Conservation Biology (SCB, 2018 – )
  • Red List of Ecosystems Thematic Group, IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM, 2017 – )
  • The Society for Risk Analysis (SRA, 2017 – )

Conferences & workshops

  • 2018, Brisbane, Australia, Ecological Society of Australia annual conference
  • 2018, Sydney, Australia, Australian Saltmarsh and Mangrove Research Network
  • 2018, Melbourne, Australia, Victoria Biodiversity Conference
  • 2018, Melbourne, Australia, Advanced Scientific Programming in Python (Asia Pacific)
  • 2017, Melbourne, Australia, Society for Risk Analysis Australia and New Zealand and Australasian Bayesian Network Modeling Society conference (Best student presentation)
  • 2017, Melbourne, Australia, Structure decision making workshop by Prof. Mark Burgman
  • 2017, Melbourne, Australia, Bayesian networks workshop
  • 2016, London, UK, Space – the final frontier for biodiversity monitoring?, Zoological Society of London (Runner-up prize for poster)

Education

  • 2017-Now: PhD Candidate at Deakin University
  • 2015-2016: MRes Biodiversity, Evolution and Conservation, University College London
  • 2012-2015: BSc (Hons) Zoology, University College London
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