• The University of Western Australia (M084), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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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.


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

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

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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