Employment: Endeavour Postdoctoral Research Fellow : Macquarie University
My research and general interests centre around biodiversity and nature. Specifically, I am interested in functional traits (traits of organisms that are related to how they interact with their environment, such as flat claws for digging) and how these traits can be used to study species ecology and broader ecological functioning. In my PhD, I researched how sources of variation such as sex or season affects the skin thickness of amphibians to better understand if skin physiology might explain the disproportionately high number of amphibian species threatened with extinction. Before my PhD, I studied the functional traits of fossil species to better understand the ecology of dinosaurs.
I am currently an Endeavour Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Macquarie University, where I am researching methods for quantifying biodiversity using functional traits (functional diversity). I am also interested in rewilding and the application of functional diversity methods to address questions related to this growing conservation movement.