My research interests can be broadly encompassed within microbial ecology. I began my research career at Imperial College in London during my undergraduate degree, where I had the opportunity to work within a research group investigating diurnal cycles in freshwater algae. After a year in that lab I was hooked on algae. Since then I have worked on numerous aspects of algal research, in a wide range of ecosystems, from freshwater to hot springs to rock crevices in Tibet to marine. The dynamic nature of adaptation that these primary producers employ to survive I find a constant source of discovery.
My present position is as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Northern Australia Marine Research Alliance (NAMRA), based at the Arafura Timor Research Facility (ATRF) run by the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS). The NAMRA is made up of a partnership of AIMS; Charles Darwin University (CDU); Northern Territory Government (NT); and Australian National University (ANU).
I was awarded my Ph.D. in 2010 for my work on investigating the control of algal bloom growth in reservoirs using ultrasound, which was industrially sponsored by four UK Water companies. This work extended my interested into applied algal research and the interaction between the effects that industry; population, and agriculture have on the environment and specifically in my work on providing water quality through the use of possibly green energy solutions for bloom removal.
I have extended my interests relating to environmental impact through a research project I undertook at the ANU and UC in Canberra, which looks at impacted and un-impacted effects of metals in sediment on biota biodiversity in a near shore environment. These projects have added to my experience to allow me to work effectively on the Darwin Harbour project I am writing-up and my new project on Rum Jungle, so that I can contribute to the scientific knowledge on this dynamic environment of Darwin Harbour and the surrounding area.