I’m a biologist with a focus on Australasian amphibian diversity, ecology and conservation.
Growing up in Sydney, I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia), and my PhD at James Cook University (Townsville, Australia). During my PhD I investigated how behaviour influences how susceptible frog species are to decline from disease (by attaching radio-transmitters to frogs and stalking them through the rainforest for weeks!).
In 2006, I moved to Cambodia to work as a wildlife biologist for international conservation organisation Conservation International and began conducting amphibian research and scientific capacity-building in Southeast Asia. So far, I’ve conducted almost 30 expeditions in Southeast Asia (mainly Vietnam) in search of amphibians. I work with an amazing group of friends and colleagues.
I joined the Australian Museum (Sydney, Australia) in 2008, and my research continues to uncover and document amphibian biodiversity, assess conservation status, and inform conservation decisions. I feel strongly about making sure my research (and that of others) contributes towards conservation decisions.
My current role is Curator of Amphibian & Reptile Conservation Biology, a joint appointment with the Australian Museum and UNSW Sydney.
I love communicating my passion for amphibians- if you’d like me to talk or write about amphibians, please get in touch!