My research focuses on understanding more about the natural world, and how we can do a better job of preventing its demise.
My PhD investigated the impacts of climate change on tropical savanna birds. For my postdoctoral work I used models to identify the important long-term climate change refugia for terrestrial vertebrates and freshwater animals. I also investigate the shorter term refuge use of threatened species. I am interested in both climate change adaptation (e.g. protecting important refuges and refugia), and mitigation (e.g. maximising carbon sequestration and storage) and the trade-offs between these.
I have a keen interest in the "coal face" of preventing extinctions: endangered species and the effectiveness of environmental law and policy. I put this into practice sitting on the Recovery Team for the Black-throated Finch, Birdlife Australia's Research and Conservation Committee, and Birdlife Australia's Threatened Species Advisory Committee.
Before my PhD I travelled the world studying bats. I love bird watching, bush walking, cycling and chocolate. And trees. I love trees.