I grew up by the beach in Sydney and have been fascinated with the ocean and the marine environment since I can remember. I combined my passion for environmental conservation and the ocean to do Bachelor of Environmental Science (Hons) majoring in marine biology at University of New South Wales, Sydney. My honours project looked at the influence of an artificial reef on fish assemblages in the surrounding pelagic environment using underwater video. After a lifetime of temperate marine systems, I decided to pursue my dream of studying coral reef ecosystems and embark on a PhD with Prof. Morgan Pratchett at ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. My PhD focuses on the influence of increasing ocean temperature on the behaviour and movement patterns of coral trout, Plectropomus leopardus; the tastiest and one of the most commercially important fisheries species on the Great Barrier Reef. I hope my research will be used for the sustainable management of coral trout fisheries on the Great Barrier Reef and in the Indo-Pacific in the face of rapid environmental change.
Bachelor Environmental Science (Hons1) University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
James Cook University, Townsville