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2020: Lecturer in Marine Biology, University of Aberdeen

2019-2020: Postdoctoral Fellow, Ocean Frontier Institute/Memorial University of Newfoundland

2015-2018: PhD (Marine Biology), University of Western Australia

2010-2013: MSc (Integrative Biology), University of Guelph

2005-2009: BSc (Marine & Freshwater Biology), University of Guelph

Research Profile

I am a marine biologist using field and museum collections along with genomic tools to investigate biodiversity and evolution in our oceans, with a particular focus on marine invertebrates and salmonids. My research interests span macroevolutionary patterns to microevolutionary processes, incorporating themes from molecular ecology, phylogenomics, systematics, evolutionary biology and conservation genetics. I am particularly interested in investigating the genomic basis of warning colouration and mimicry in marine molluscs, as well as predicting climate-linked biodiversity loss in our oceans.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

External positions

Research Associate (Aquatic Zoology), Western Australian Museum


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