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. This fits into a central goal of evolutionary biology which is to understand patterns in the variation of animal phenotypes. 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 Giribet. Later in 2019 I’ll be moving to University of Waikato as Lecturer in Animal Behaviour & I’d love to hear from you if you’re looking for postgraduate projects in behavioural ecology or entomology. me2

I’m passionate about retaining bright women in science and being a voice for early career researchers. I was a founding committee member of the Faculty of Science Postdoctoral Society, and am currently an Associate Editor at the New Zealand Journal of Zoology and manage the Twitter account for Behavioral Ecology. 

Google scholar citations – here

A recent summary of my work & my approach to science can be found here as a Take 10 faculty interview.

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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