My main interests are the influence of host dispersal on the spread, the persistence and evolution of penguin ectoparasites, and the effect of climate change on these interactions. I use a variety of cutting edge genetic techniques in concert with ecological data to address these research questions. The focus of my research is the Southern Hemisphere, in the cool-temperate and sub-polar areas. This includes southern Australia, New Zealand, South America, South Africa and the sub-Antarctic Islands. I completed a Bachelor of Medical Science in 2010 at the Australian National University before working at the Commonwealth Department of Environment for a number of years. During this time I was able to undertake a number of varied tasks, involving environmental policy and the application thereof. I then returned to the ANU to undertake a Fenner School of Environment & Society Honours year in 2013, for which I received a First Class. I am now completing a PhD as an external ANU student at Monash University in Melbourne, under the supervision of Dr. Ceridwen Fraser (ANU) and Prof. Steven L. Chown (Monash University).