Curriculum vitae

Academic qualifications

The University of Sydney

Doctor of Philosophy, 2017—present


The University of Adelaide

Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science (First Class), 2016

Bachelor of Science (Advanced), 2015

Awards and honours

  • Award for best student presentation, Australian Entomological Society, 2019

  • Graduate Student Research Award, Society of Systematic Biologists, 2018

  • Phil Carne Prize finalist, Australian Entomological Society, 2018

  • Early PhD Student Travel Grant, Australian Entomological Society, 2017

The University of Sydney

  • 1st place for best talk, School of Life and Environmental Sciences Postgraduate Showcase, 2019

  • 2nd place for best talk, School of Life and Environmental Sciences Postgraduate Showcase, 2017

  • Research Training Program Stipend Scholarship, 2017

The University of Adelaide

  • Faculty of Sciences Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, 2015

  • Adelaide Summer Research Scholarship at the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA, 2014–2015

  • Faculty of Sciences Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, 2014

Media coverage and community engagement

Teaching experience

Instructor, Taming the BEAST Down Under (2019)

 

Instructor, Sydney Phylogenetics Workshop (2017—2019)

 

Teaching assistant, The University of Sydney (2017present)

BIOL1993 - Human Biology (Special Studies program)

BIOL1007 - From Molecules to Ecosystems

BIOL2033 - Entomology

BIOL2921 - Zoology

 

Teaching assistant, The University of Adelaide (2016)

ENVBIOL3011 - Evolution and Diversity of Insects III

Presentations 

Parallel genetic evolution in a cockroach symbiont is associated with the repeated acquisition of host burrowing behaviour. Australian Entomological Society 50th AGM & Scientific Conference. Brisbane, Australia. Dec 2019.

Digging deeper: parallel genome erosions in a symbiont are associated with host transitions to an underground life. Australasian Evolution Society Conference. Sydney, Australia. Nov 2019.  

Parallel and repeated gene loss in the Blattabacterium endosymbionts of Australian soil burrowing cockroaches. Genetics Society of Australasia Conference. Melbourne, Australia. Jul 2019.

 

Parallel evolution in giant burrowing cockroaches and their endosymbionts.
Joint Annual Meeting of the Entomological Societies of Canada, British Columbia, and America. Vancouver, Canada. Nov 2018. 


Continental aridification correlates with the parallel evolution of burrowing behaviour in Australian giant cockroaches (Phil Carne Prize finalist). 
Australian Entomological Society Conference. Alice Springs, Australia. Sep 2018.

Multiple abiotic factors correlate with parallel evolution in Australian soil burrowing cockroaches.
Genetics Society of Australasia Conference. Canberra, Australia. Jul 2018.

Multiple abiotic factors correlate with parallel evolution in Australian soil burrowing cockroaches (poster). 
Australasian Evolution Society Conference. Hobart, Australia. Dec 2017.

Multiple abiotic factors are associated with parallel evolution and ecological speciation in Australian soil burrowing cockroaches (Blaberidae: Geoscapheinae).
Australian Entomological Society Conference. Terrigal, Australia. Sep 2017.

Phylogenetics and biogeography of Australian cave crickets.
Combined Australian and New Zealand Entomological Societies Conference. Melbourne, Australia. Nov 2016.

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