About Me



Present Postdoctoral Research Fellow – University of Technology Sydney, AUS

Employing state of the art molecular, imaging and microbiological techniques to identify the key  metabolic networks between Symbiodiniacea-bacterial associations that drive dinoflagellate ecological success  

2017 Doctor of Philosophy in Marine Biology - Victoria University of Wellington, NZ 

Included on the Dean’s List for Academic Excellence for a doctoral thesis 

Advisor: Prof. Simon Davy

Thesis: The nutritional implications of partner switching in the cnidarian-dinoflagellate symbiosis. 

2012 Masters of Research in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation - Imperial College London, UK  

Thesis 1: Intra- and inter-specific variation in bleaching recovery of mushroom corals (Scleractinia: Fungiidae)

 Thesis 2: Integrating ecological criteria into coral nursery site selection for optimal reef resilience and restoration at Koh Tao, Gulf of Thailand.

2009 Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Biology – University of Bath, UK  


Research Grants, Scholarships and Awards


  • 2019 Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales  Ethel Mary Read (EMR) Research Grant

  • 2019 Netherlands Metabolomics Centre award for meritorious scientific accomplishments and innovative contributions to the field of metabolomics
  • 2019 MDPI Metabolites Journal postdoctoral travel award
  • 2019 UTS strategic travel award
  • 2019 Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales Ethel Mary Read Research Grant

  • 2018  Human Frontier Science Programme Long-term Postdoctoral Fellowship 

  • 2017   School of Biological Sciences Student Publication Award 

  • 2017   Dean’s list award for Academic Excellence for a doctoral thesis

  • 2017  Doctoral Finishing Scholarship

  • 2016   Victoria University of Wellington Doctoral Submission Scholarship

  • 2016  Company of Biologists, Journal of Experimental Biology, Travel Fellowship

  • 2015    Victoria University Faculty Strategic Research Grant

  • 2013   The Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Grant PhD Scholarship