I am currently a Principal Research Fellow and Associate Professor at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University. I am interested in spatial ecology, particularly the dispersal ecology of coral reef ecosystems. I also work on spatial aspects of conservation planning, particularly when multiple decision-makers are active in the landscape.
I graduated from James Cook University in 2001, from the Department of Mathematical and Physical Sciences. It was an applied mathematics department, and I became interested in biophysical oceanography during my honours year, particularly coral reef fish connectivity patterns on the Great Barrier Reef. After graduating, I spent a year teaching secondary school in Malawi, and following another year working as a Research Assistant for Sean Connolly, I began a PhD at the University of Queensland’s Mathematics Department in 2004, supervised by Hugh Possingham and Kevin Burrage.
After submitting my thesis I was employed until 2009 by Brendan Wintle and Mick McCarthy in the Applied Environmental Decision Analysis centre. In 2010 I was awarded an ARC postdoctoral fellowship, and in 2013 I started a second, DECRA fellowship.