Researcher biography

I am a comparative and environmental physiologist based at the University of Queensland whose research focuses primarily how the environment constrains the physiology of ectothermic vertebrates. I completed my PhD in 2005 with Prof. Craig Franklin at the University of Queensland. I have worked as a post-doctoral research assistant and Level A academic (post-doctoral research officer) with Prof. Franklin since. I have strong and highly diverse research program, incorporating fundamental, curiosity-driven research and increasingly, a more applied research agenda in the emerging field of conservation physiology. Conservation physiology explores the responses of organisms to anthropogenic threats and attempts to determine the ecophysiological constraints dictated by current conditions and future environmental change. My research interests encompass the general areas of osmo- and ion-regulation, digestive and thermal physiology, environmental drivers of physiological function (specifically immune function and disease susceptibility) and animal performance in anthropogenically modified environments.