Welcome!

I am a Human Frontier Science Program Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Technology Sydney, working with Associate Professor David Suggett in the Future Reefs Team within the Climate Change Cluster.  

My research applies molecular techniques to better understand the cellular processes that underpin coral health and function, to better inform conservation activities to help safeguard the world's coral reefs.


During my career, I have participated in active coral reef conservation projects around the world, including coral nursery construction and monitoring, shark population management, and ecological monitoring programmes that have led to the implementation of marine zonation plans. As a PADI, SSI and BSAC scuba diving instructor, I advocate for eco-aware scuba diving and diver education of our underwater world. I have also worked in government and participated in global science communication and policy initiatives.


I invite you to take a look at my published work to get a better idea of the fruits of my research labour. Feel free to get in touch with me to say hi or for more information about my work.

Unlocking the metabolic mysteries of coral reefs

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Coral Nurseries as a method for coral reef conservation

Coral Nurseries as a method for coral reef conservation

Coral Nurseries as a method for coral reef conservation

In an effort to gain a better understanding of how coral nurseries could be used as a tool for coral reef conservation globally, I have been collecting and analysing data on what makes the "best" nursery. Does reef proximity, structure or depth influence the growth and success of coral fragments? How can we prevent genetic bottlenecks when collecting and propagating coral nubbins? And what are the best options for transplantation of coral colonies from the nurseries?


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The Coral Holobiont: a team effort for coral health?

Coral Nurseries as a method for coral reef conservation

Coral Nurseries as a method for coral reef conservation

We still have only a limited understanding of the coral symbiosis; what determines a compatible symbiosis? How do environmental changes affect holobiont community and function? What drives dysbiosis and, ultimately, bleaching? By applying metabolomic approaches, I investigate the metabolic interactions within the coral symbiotic system that underlie coral functional biology, and how climate change will affect these interactions. Answering these fundamental questions is essential for understanding coral reef resilience to change, and for developing tools to conserve these natural wonders. 

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Metabolomics and isotope variability

Coral Nurseries as a method for coral reef conservation

Metabolomics and isotope variability

Building upon work I had done during my PhD, I am developing a powerful methodology for use in the identification and characterization of metabolic processes in the coral system. A major advantage of this development is its improved sensitivity and ease of use, which allows us to detect subtle dynamic changes in response to a range of experimental parameters.

I am currently applying these techniques to unravel mechanisms of symbiosis establishment, coral bleaching and recovery, and changes in the microbiome.

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