I am a lecturer in Marine Biology and Ecology in the School of Ocean and Earth Science, based at the National Oceanography Centre.
My research focuses on the functional ecology of reef fishes. I use a variety of techniques, including field studies, lab-based morphological and molecular techniques, and 3D imaging, to explore how fish work as animals (their biomechanics) and the functions they perform in complex marine ecosystems. Recently my work has focussed on some of the world's smallest vertebrates; cryptobenthic reef fishes. These tiny fishes are highly abundant on coral reefs, but their lives are incredibly short. By living fast and dying young, these small fishes help fuel dynamic food webs on coral reefs and maintain the productivity of these diverse ecosystems.
Fish ecology, evolution and biogeography
Impact of sediments on coral reef ecology
Palaeoecology of reef ecosystems
External roles and responsibilities
|2022-present||Lecturer in Marine Biology. University of Southampton, UK|
|2020-present||Research Associate, Ichthyology. Australian Museum. Honourary Position|
|2017-2022||Postdoctoral Research Fellow. University of New England, Australia|
|2012-2017||Laboratory Manager and Postdoctoral Researcher. James Cook University, Australia|
|2015||PhD, Marine Biology. James Cook University, Australia|
|2009||MAppSc Tropical Marine Ecology and Fisheries. James Cook University, Australia|
|2006||BSc Hons Marine Biology. Newcastle University, UK|