School of Biological Sciences
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide SA 5001
I completed a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology (2006) and went on to complete first class Honours with Prof. Laurent Seuront and Prof. Jim Mitchell (2007) at Flinders University. Investigating the microscale distribution of viruses and heterotrophic bacteria at surface interfaces started my passion of microbial ecology in various environments. I completed my PhD in 2012 which investigated the effect of coastal upwelling and hydroclimatic forcing on the spatial and temporal dynamics of microbial communities in continental shelf waters.
I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Microbial Systems Laboratory under the supervision of Prof. Jim Mitchell. My main area of research is focussed on microbial community composition and dynamics within aquifer systems and how this information can define aquifer ecosystem state. Sampling for this project is being carried out across urban and country areas on a range of impacted and unimpacted aquifer systems. Using the sequence and abundance data obtained from these sites we will create quantitative network analyses and use these to assess aquifer ecosystem state.
2012 – PhD, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia
2007 – Honours, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia
2006 – BSc (Marine Biology), Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia