My vision is to study the intricacies of the natural world to instil others with a sense of awe and wonder so that they gain a sense of place - and are ultimately inspired to look after this world.
My vision has been pervasive in my career thus far. I obtained my degree at QUT in Brisbane, and worked on a highly polymorphic intertidal snail during my honours, investigating the relationship of shell morph to background. I then worked with Dr Bob Ward (CSIRO Marine Labs) for 2 1/2 years in Hobart where I looked at population genetic structure in school and gummy sharks. I came to Flinders University to study a PhD in a genetic investigation of sociality in a group living lizard with the late Prof. Mike Bull - after which I spent 3 1/2 years in England studying co-evolution between parasitic hoverflies and their host ants with Jeremy Thomas, Karsten Schonrogge and the late Graham Elmes.
However I was drawn back to Australia and its great lizard diversity - I returned to Adelaide for a two year postdoc with Flinders Biological Sciences where I linked Flinders and the South Australian Regional Facility for Molecular Ecology and Evolution. I am currently an Associate Professor in Biodiversity at Flinders University and retain links with the South Australian Museum.
Degree/Award Year Discipline/Field Organisation Name
1 Ph.D 2000 Molecular Ecology The Flinders University of South Australia
2 Bsc Applied Science 1991 Life Science Queensland University of Technology
3 Honours in Life Science 1992 Population Genetics Queensland University of Technology
Molecular ecology; literature reviews; grant writing; conservation; lizard studies
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