I completed my undergraduate and master's degrees at the University of Melbourne, where I studied personality and vocal learning in an Australian songbird, the superb fairy-wren. For my PhD research, I moved to Deakin University in Geelong, Victoria, where I studied prenatal communication in the zebra finch. In addition to my research interests, I am also an avid science communicator, and have contributed to magazines, online news, radio and television. In 2014, I produced and hosted the radio programme 'A Science Story' on SYN 90.7 FM in Melbourne. In 2018, I appeared as a guest scientist on the Netflix series 'Bill Nye Saves the World.' I am currently Life Science editor for Lateral magazine, which publishes popular writing by early-career scientists.
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