I submitted my PhD in the School of Botany at the University of Melbourne in December 2013, then worked as a research fellow in the same place. I then moved to the private sector, working in environmental consulting as a botanist. Now, I am working in the public sector as a senior researcher at the Arthur Rylah Institute of Environmental Research (ARI).
In my research I have worked closely with my PhD supervisors, Peter Vesk and David Duncan, as well as Libby Rumpff on projects including riparian vegetation management, analysis of species survey list data, dense woody vegetation, woodland vegetation dynamics, and a few others.
My new position at ARI has been a return to riparian vegetation monitoring and I now work on a series of vegetation monitoring programs focused on rivers and wetlands across Victoria.
I guess you could say my interests lie in a lot of places and I’m fortunate enough to have been able to do a bunch of work with other researchers in a wide range of areas. I am principally a field ecologist and love getting out for field studies, which I have done all over Victoria. I was also (for better or worse) in a lab with a strong modelling focus so I am constantly improving my skills in this area.