I have loved animals for as long as I can remember and enjoy learning about the many wonderful and often overlooked creatures with which we share our planet. Previously, I researched functional morphology of living and fossil species to piece together the behaviour and ecology of long-extinct organisms like dinosaurs. In my PhD, I am continuing to study functional anatomy by researching the function of amphibian skin, a structure thought to cause the differential threat status of amphibians relative to other terrestrial vertebrates. Amphibians are currently the most endangered group of vertebrates and very sensitive to habitat disruption. The goal of my PhD is to better document how skin varies within and among species and investigate its link to global declines. I am also a member of the Steering Committee of the Amphibian Conservation Research Symposium and am learning to evaluate species for the IUCN RedList, focusing on Mainland Southeast Asian amphibians.