Bees are vitally important pollinators across the globe but are currently threatened by different human activities. Little is known about how Australia’s native bees are impacted by human activities such as urbanisation. My research will examine how urbanisation and other human-influenced environments are impacting native and introduced bee species in terms of their foraging, pollination, biodiversity, distribution, morphology, and learning abilities. My research will also use the gathered information to investigate the evolutionary origins of behaviour and foraging strategies in Australian native bees.
Describe yourself in three words or less:
Adventurous, motivated, outdoorsy.
What is your earliest memory?
Trying coffee for the first and only time in a sippy cup and hating it.
What (or who) inspired your interest in biology?
Wilsons Promontory National Park. I hiked there almost every year growing up. Plus, my insatiable love for the environment and every animal on the face of the planet.
What was your favourite book as a child?
I loved the Animal Ark series.
Name your three favourite films
Blades of Glory
Which do you prefer – Cheese or chocolate?
Cheese then chocolate.
Who would play you in a film about your life?
I mean, I love Rachel McAdams. She is an amazing comedy actress (Mean Girls) and also great in drama and action – you need that range to play a role in my life.
Which three people would you invite to your dream dinner party?
Karl von Frisch
What is your fancy dress costume of choice?
I dressed up as Marie Curie in high school.
What would your super power be?
I would love to be able to communicate with animals – I watched a lot of the The Wild Thornberrys as a child.
What TV programme best describes your personality?
As a child, The Wild Thornberrys, but as an adult, Parks and Recreation – I’ve been compared to Leslie Knope many times. I think I have her passion for work and breakfast foods, as well as her anxiety over tiny details.
If you could bring something extinct back to life, what would it be?
Honestly, there are too many great species to choose! I guess if I had to pick, I would love to bring back dinosaurs as a childhood dream – Brontosaurus, Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops – basically every dinosaur featured in The Land Before Time.