I have successfully completed my honours thesis in zoology at Latrobe University and then, with the aid of a scholarship, a PhD on the population ecology of cane toads in northern Australia.
I spent several years employed as a terrestrial ecologist for local and state governments, and private consulting companies. Much of this experience involved conducting flora and fauna surveys and assessments.
Since 2005, I have again been involved in wildlife research leading projects for James Cook University, and as an ecological consultant for the Cairns Regional Council. In addition to conducting rare and threatened flora and fauna assessments, I also survey and provide professional advice on the flying-fox populations in the Cairns region.