Awards and Grants

2016 – 2019       

During my PhD candidature, I have been awarded approximately AUD$55,420 in grants and top-up scholarships, in addition to my Research Training Program, including:

During my PhD candidature, I have been awarded:

2011 – 2013

During my undergraduate degree, I was awarded:

  • Dean’s Honour List in Bachelor of Science (3rd Year), University of Melbourne
  • Dean’s Honour List in Bachelor of Science (2nd Year), University of Melbourne
  • Georgina Sweet Exhibition in Zoology, University of Melbourne
  • Dean’s Honour List in Bachelor of Science (1st Year), University of Melbourne
  • Argus Exhibition in Geology, University of Melbourne


Apr 2016 – present         Doctor of Philosophy (Conservation Biology)

Thesis: Selecting, developing and evaluating indicators for biodiversity conservation

Supervisors: A/Prof. Emily Nicholson, Dr. Lucie Bland 

Centre for Integrative Ecology, Deakin University

2014 – 2015            Master of Science (Zoology) with Distinction

Thesis: Thermal suitability of nest-boxes and tree-hollows for conservation-management of arboreal marsupials 

Supervisors: A/Prof. Kath Handasyde, Dr. Natalie Briscoe 

School of BioSciences, The University of Melbourne

2011 – 2013            Bachelor of Science (Zoology)

First Class Honours (H1)

School of BioSciences, The University of Melbourne

Key Skills

  • Time management
  • Highly self-motivated
  • Team leadership
  • Strong communication skills
  • Quantitative skills
  • Managing large data sets
  • Mendeley referencing software
  • R – statistical analysis & modelling

Relevant Experience

2018 – 2019     Workshop trainer

IUCN Red List of Ecosystems training workshops (1-4 days)

Locations: Gland, Switzerland; Mombasa, Kenya; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Tonga (upcoming)

  • Running sessions and teaching participants
  • Developing content and presentations for workshop

2019      Guest lecturer Deakin University

Undergraduate subject SLE121 Environmental Sustainability

  • Developing content and presenting lecture

2017 – 2019     Baseline resume reviewer

DeakinTALENT, Deakin University

  • Reviewing resumes to ensure baseline standards are met
  • Providing valuable feedback to students

2017 – 2019                 Casual Academic  Deakin University

Undergraduate subject SLE322 Landscape Ecology

  • Running and teaching students in practical classes 
  • Marking assignments and providing valuable feedback to students
  • Assisting developing content for practical classes

2014 – 2017      Demonstrator     University of Melbourne                     

Undergraduate subject ZOOL20004 Australian Wildlife Biology

  • Supervising and teaching students in practical classes.
  • Leading groups of 10-15 students during excursions

2015                   Demonstrator     University of Melbourne

Undergraduate subject BIOL10005 Genetics and the Evolution of Life

  • Supervising and teaching students in practical classes


2019 IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Database Management Committee member

July 2018           Interdisciplinary Conservation Network workshop: Organising committee

2017 – 2018        Conservation Science lab group: Meeting coordinator

2016 – 2018        Victorian Biodiversity ConferenceFounding committee member, Finance coordinator

2016 – 2018        Deakin University Postgraduate Association: Founding committee member

2016 – 2018        Deakin Postgraduate Pomodoro writing group: Contributing member

Nov 2017             EcoTas conference: Invited to act as reporter during Postgrad course

Short Courses

2019 STEM Transferable Skills Toolkit workshop series:  Prioritising tasks, demonstrating achievement (two, 1-day workshops); Australian Academy of Sciences, Deakin University, Macquarie University

May 2019 Graduate and Early Career Workshop: Sustainable Development Goals Research – Troubles and Opportunities (1-day workshop); EU Centre and Social and Global Studies Centre, RMIT University 

May 2019 Striking the balance between science and proactive in biodiversity offset design; Diego Juffe Bignoli, Edward Pollard, Emma Hume, The Biodiversity Consultancy; Student Conference on Conservation Science

Mar 2018 Bringing natural capital and ecosystem services into economic decision making; Ian Bateman, UK Natural Capital Committee, Student Conference on Conservation Science

Nov 2017 Structured decision-making workshop, run by Prof. Mark Burgman

Nov 2017 Bayesian networks workshop, run by Bayesian Intelligence Pty Ltd

Dec 2016           Building data-visualisation tools (ggplots), Coursera, John Hopkins University

Dec 2016           Introduction to Unix/Python/Databases & SQL, Software Carpentry

Nov 2016           Advanced R programming, John Hopkins University

Jul 2016             Introduction to LMM & GLMM with R: frequentist and Bayesian approaches, John Hopkins University

Conference, workshops and meetings

Jul 2019           International Congress of Conservation Biology (ICCB), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – 12 min symposium

Feb 2019         Victorian Biodiversity Conference, Melbourne 10 min presentation

Nov 2018 Ecological Society of Australia, Brisbane – invited 10 minute presentation in symposium

Jun 2018         IUCN Red List of Ecosystems strategic planning meeting, IUCN Headquarters, Gland, Switzerland – 15 min presentation

Feb 2018          Victorian Biodiversity Conference, Melbourne five min presentation

Nov 2017         EcoTas2017, Hunter Valley – 15 min presentation

Nov 2017         Society of Risk Analysis Australian and New Zealand, Melbourne – 20 min presentation

Oct 2017          Centre for Integrative Ecology conference, Melbourne – 12 min plenary

Jul 2017           International Congress of Conservation Biology (ICCB), Cartagena, Colombia – 12 min symposium

Feb 2017         Victorian Biodiversity Conference, Melbourne – five min presentation

Oct 2016         Centre for Integrative Ecology conference, Melbourne – five min presentation

Sep 2016         Australian Society for Limnology Conference – poster presentation

Aug 2016       IUCN Red List of Ecosystem strategic planning meeting, Melbourne – 10 min presentation

Jun 2016        Deakin University Ecology and Conservation research group meeting, Melbourne – 10 min presentation

Jul 2014 Australian Mammal Society – attended