I have a love for all things science and communication. I have a PhD in shark neuroscience and development (of all things!), which, not surprisingly, taught me a lot about thinking outside the box, coming up with creative solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems and the experience was, overall, an education in determination and perseverance.
My research contributed to our understanding that sharks are likely colour blind, and that, despite developing in an opaque egg case, brown banded bamboo sharks, Chiloscyllium punctatum – my study species – have functional visual capabilities around a month before they hatch. This was a really interesting finding that likely represents a defence mechanism for a largely stationary embryo!
Since the completion of my postgraduate studies, I’ve worked as the Animal Health Manager at a large public aquarium (overseeing the daily health operations, running the research and rescue arms of the aquarium and, again, exercising the critical thinking part of my brain to develop solutions for undocumented problems and little-understood animals). I’ve also held professional administrative positions in pre- and post-award research administration and higher degree research (HRD) student administration.
I now focus on science communication – helping others to write, develop and perfect grant applications; proofreading important documents; helping to communicate important research findings to broad audiences; ensuring CVs and Statements of Suitability are polished and tailored to job applications; and all-the-while, continuing to conduct my own research and consulting activities on sharks and shark attacks. I am also now the Shark Editor-at-Large for Australian Geographic. Check out my online blog there every month to learn something new about sharks.
I LOVE what I do!