I moved to Australia in 2002 to complete my BSc in Marine Biology. I went on to attain a Master of Applied Science in Protected Area Management, after which, I worked for 8 months as a GIS officer for the Australian Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research; for 2 years as a Research Assistant for the Fishing and Fisheries Research Centre; a further 2.5 years as a GIS officer for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and finally 3.5 years as a PhD candidate and 1 year as Research Officer for the College of Science and Engineering at James Cook University.
I am a confident, enthusiastic and hardworking person in both my professional and personal life. I am looking for opportunities to conduct novel and challenging research that applies the diverse skillsets and experience I have developed in working with academia, commercial consultancies and in Government agencies. I have high level skills and a long background of working with spatial data in ecological contexts, and have extended this knowledge to teaching tertiary and Higher Degree (research and coursework) students in using these analytical tools.
My general interests are spatial and behavioural ecology, however I am particularly interested in the use of multiple technologies (e.g. spatial, genetic, isotopic and others) and multiple statistical analyses to obtain a more comprehensive understanding of the movement and behaviour of marine and terrestrial animals. Ecosystems around the world are under threat from anthropogenic and environmental factors and many studies often focus on a single species and/or threat without taking into account interactions between species or cumulative impacts over time and interaction between threats. For example, the analysis of coastal fisheries impacts on a species without including land-based pollution impacts. This is something I am very interested in and I plan to extend my research to investigate movement and interaction of multiple species under various scenarios to include the cumulative impact of anthropogenic and environmental threats by using various tracking technologies and statistical analyses techniques. Quantitative understanding of the cumulative impact of anthropogenic and environmental threats on ecosystem are essential if a shift towards more comprehensive management and, in particular, ecosystem-based management approaches are to be achieved.