Nau mai, haere mai! Welcome to my website.

I’m a behavioural ecologist with a particular interest in what drives diversity in exaggerated traits, such as weapons and ornaments. My rangahau (research) is primarily on arthropods including beetles, harvestmen, spiders and fiddler crabs, which has seen me undertake projects around the world. I have a broad interest in many aspects of natural history, but I tend to be drawn to peculiar-looking creatures that have so far escaped scientific attention.

I’m currently a Research Fellow at the University of Auckland/Te Whare Wānanga o Tāmaki Makaurau investigating the evolution of weaponry in harvestmen, a Marsden funded project led by A/Prof Greg Holwell in collaboration with Prof Glauco Machado & Prof Gonzalo Giribetme2

I’m passionate about retaining bright women in science and being a voice for early career researchers. I am a founding committee member of the Faculty of Science Postdoctoral Society, Membership Officer at the Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour, and am an Associate Editor at the New Zealand Journal of Zoology.

Google scholar citations – here

All photos are taken by Caleb Nicholson & myself unless otherwise cited. Please get in contact if you want to use any. If you are a keen student and would like to work with me then please get in touch.

Academic Work History

2016 – present: Research Fellow, University of Auckland (Dr Greg Holwell)

2015 – 2016 : Research Fellow, National University of Singapore (A/P Daiqin Li)

2014: Kate Edger Educational Trust Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Auckland (Dr Greg Holwell & Dr Robert Hoare)

2014: Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Australian National University (Prof Pat Backwell)

2013-2014: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Auckland (Dr Greg Holwell)

2009-2013: PhD University of Auckland, NZ (Dr Greg Holwell & A/P Thomas Buckley)

2009: Lab Technician, Ministry of Primary Industries (previously Ministry of Agriculture & Forestry)

2004-2007: Bachelor of Science with 1st Class Hons Lincoln University, NZ (Prof Richard Duncan & Dr Ecki Brockerhoff)


Night field work in Wairata, East Cape of New Zealand

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