Em (they/them pronouns) has a deep passion for diverse ecological systems, and using emerging technology to understand and protect ecosystems. Em has a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Conservation with Honours and a University Medal from Griffith University. After working with endangered Red Pandas in Nepal, Em founded the Red Panda Trust, a conservation venture designed to empower conservation through research. Em then worked as an ecologist and conservation support officer for the Zoological Society of London in Mongolia where they worked on range of projects, including training wildlife detector dogs as a tool against the Illegal Wildlife Trade. At Oxford they will study biological interactions between species (rodents in the UK; and Tasmanian Devils in Australia) using novel mathematical modelling and novel RFID technology. Em plans to return to Australia to lead research initiatives to protect Australia's carnivores, including the Tasmanian Devil and Eastern Quolls. These native Australian animals play a vital role in Australia's food chains and their extinction would unbalance supporting populations with serious implications for Australian ecology.
Em is a vocal advocate for equality and diversity in STEM. Being trans and queer they have organised many events (including the Oxford Zoology Departments First LGBTQI+ socieity) to promote gender diversity and inclusion within workspaces, as well as supporting other minorities through empowering seminars and visiting academic talks. They are also invested in decolonising ecological teaching and practice through education on land management across Australia.
The Australian (article on receipt of my scholarship): 'Natives have a new champion in quolls v cats battle'