My project is based around the size of (male) moth antennae in relation to other body parts, such as their wings, testes, and other sensory organs, such as eyes. This is to determine whether the moths are trading off between their ability to find mates, and how many offspring they can produce when they do find them, and whether they compensate for any potential costs associated with either strategy by investing in any other structures.

Co-supervised by Dr Nick Porch (Deakin University)


Describe yourself in three words

Curious, happy, traveller

What is your earliest memory?

When I try really hard, I can just remember asking Mum and Dad about when my little sister was going to be born (I was just shy of 3)

What (or who) inspired your interest in biology?

Probably my grandfather, who was a professor of botany at La Trobe.

What was your favourite book as a child?

Harry Potter

Name your three favourite films

Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Super 8

Rock of Ages

Which do you prefer – Cheese or chocolate?


Who would play you in a film about your life?

Ben Whishaw – Q in James Bond

Which three people would you invite to your dream dinner party?

Charles Darwin – Get him up to speed on everything that we’ve discovered in the last 130 years.

David Attenborough – Come on, it’s David Attenborough.

Michael Palin – To make sure that the conversation doesn’t get too serious.

What is your fancy dress costume of choice?

Dalek – did it at the end of high school, and it went down pretty well.

What would your super power be?

To instantly jump wherever in the world I wanted.

What is your number one interest outside of science?


If you could bring something extinct back to life, what would it be?

Trilobites! – Because trilobites are cool!