I am a conservation biologist with over 20-years of practical international scientific experience. I am recognised for my research on anthropogenic drivers of biodiversity loss through the dual process of species extinction and invasion. As a vertebrate ecologist I have specialist taxonomic expertise in bird biology, as well as research experience with reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and freshwater fish, across a wide range of environments and habitat types. I am particularly knowledgeable and experienced in threat abatement of invasive species and anthropogenic threats; including emerging genetic tools for pest control.
Throughout my career I have provided clear independent scientific advice for evidence-based environmental decision-making. In Australia I have delivered policy advice and R,D&E training and workshops to both State and Commonwealth government agencies. I work closely with both State and Commonwealth Government to support outcomes that safeguard Australia’s unique biological heritage while achieving its’ agreed goals for 2030 Sustainable Development.
I was awarded my PhD in 2002 and I have worked in postdoctoral and academic positions in France, England, United States and Australia. I teach extensively in ecological research and research methods, and I am currently Head of the Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Department. I have published over 250 peer-reviewed scientific articles and I am recognised for my research in wildlife trade and environmental biosecurity. In 2019 I was named as one of Australia's research field leaders in 'Life & Earth Sciences'.
I am actively and genuinely committed to the advancement of equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace. I have sat on the University of Adelaide Faculty of Science’s Gender, Diversity & Equity Committee, and in 2019 I articulated my own individual perspective on higher-level privilege in Academia: ‘Why I am not applying for promotion’; Nature, 2019, doi:10.1038/d41586-019-03487-3.
As an educator, science communicator, and research mentor I acknowledge the privilege and influence of my position. I continually endeavour to be the best possible role-model and mentor for my colleagues and future scientists, and to encourage a safe, collegiate and productive working environment at all times.
I acknowledge the Kaurna people, the traditional custodians of the Adelaide Plains. Yaintya yartangka ngadlu tikanthi, kuma tirkanthi, kuma warpulayinthi (These are the lands we live, learn and work on). Munaintyanangku, tunturri (Always was, always will be).