Jody McKerral (Fisher)


School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics
School of Biological Sciences
Flinders University

GPO Box 2100, Adelaide SA 5001


Jody McKerral (Fisher) is the recipient of the Fulbright South Australia Postgraduate Scholarship (2017) and is supervised by Prof. Jim Mitchell and Prof. Jerzy Filar. Her PhD research examines universal laws in ecology. Specific applications include microbial interactions from the perspective of dynamical and complex systems, in order to detect hidden patterns within microbial community networks.

Other areas of interest include biophysics and fluid mechanics, including microfluidics, diatom nutrient uptake, and energy efficiency of swimming. Jody also collaborates on applications in evolutionary game theory. She is the recipient of the 2017 ANZIAM AF Pillow Scholarship for "exceptional ability and potential future contribution to the field of Applied Mathematics in Australia". Jody is also a Playford Trust PhD Scholar, university medalist and recipient of the 2015 School of Biological Sciences Honours Scholarship, the Max Clark prize from the Faculty of Science and Engineering for the highest ranked undergraduate academic performance, a DEWNR Honours Scholarship, and the Soroptomist International Southern Districts of Adelaide prize for high achieving women.

B.Sc (Mathematics) Hons 1A – Flinders University, 2015
M.Mus – The University of Adelaide, 2010
B.Mus Hons 1A (Performance) Hons (Musicology) – The University of Adelaide, 2008

Honours Thesis: How diatoms use diffusion to dominate