Cecilia is passionate about using genetic tools towards the sustainable management of marine and freshwater resources. She is currently working on the Northern Australia eDNA Program at TropWATER. She is trailing field methods and conducting laboratory experiments testing the persistence and detectability of eDNA of an array of species of conservation and management significance.

Cecilia has previously worked in a wide variety of research topics, ranging from larval fish and seagrass ecology to invertebrate genomics. At James Cook University she pursued MSc in Marine Biology studying the factors affecting growth during early life stages of a reef-associated pelagic fish. She then worked for the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation of Queensland conducting seagrass monitoring along the northern and central Queensland coast. In 2013 Cecilia moved to Hobart to start a PhD at the University of Tasmania. Using next-generation sequencing (NGS) Cecilia investigated the patterns of larval dispersal of the Southern rock lobster in southeast Australia.

  • 2018 to present - Research Officer, James Cook University (Australia)
  • 2013 to 2018 - PhD, University of Tasmania (Australia)
  • 2011 to 2012 - Research Assistant, James Cook University (Australia)
  • 2008 to 2011 - MSc, James Cook University (Australia)
  • 2006 to 2008 - MScAppSci, James Cook University (Australia)
  • 1999 to 2004 - BSc, Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina (Peru)
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