• The University of Western Australia (M092), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Research

My research is highly interdisciplinary, but my primary research is in microbial functions in ecosystems. Some of the ecosystems I study include: seagrass ecosystems (estuarine and coastal), urban streams, agricultural and contaminated soils. I am especially interested in the ecology of the rhizosphere environment, which is the zone of soil that is influenced by plant roots.

Locally, I work closely with natural resource managers to improve our ability to respond to and manage activities that impact our ecosystems. Internationally, I work with leaders in microbiome research; building capacity and drawing investment into WA in this growing field of microbiome research.

Biography

I completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology at James Cook University in 2010 and Honors in Environmental Science at UWA in 2012. I then worked as a Research Officer within the plant genomics group at CSIRO before completing my PhD in 2019 in seagrass-micorbe relations at UWA.

I am now a Post-doctoral researcher within the School of Biological Sciences and the UWA Oceans Institute working primarily in seagrass-microbial ecology. I am also co-founder of a science illustration and consulting company, Ooid Scientific, and currently spend my time between illustration and research.

Current projects

- Application of novel molecular ecology techniques to track the resilience of critical coastal habitats across Western Australia 

- Understanding seagrass-microbial-sediment relationships for restoration and management

- Development of novel microbial monitoring tools

- Science illustration and graphics

- Development of novel imaging techniques for visualising soil and microbial processes

External positions

Co-founder, OOID Scientific

2018 → …

Industry keywords

  • Environmental
  • Communications

Research expertise keywords

  • Microbial ecology
  • Seagrass biology
  • Science illustration
  • Plant biology
  • Soil biology
  • Biogeochemistry

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