About

I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Cairns Institute, working in the Stakeholder and Traditional Owner Engagement Sub-program of the Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program (RRAP)

I am an environmental anthropologist specializing in complex human-environment relationships, more-than-human politics and multispecies justice and ethics. I was awarded a PhD in anthropology from the University of Queensland in October 2017. My interdisciplinary thesis drew on approaches from feminist theory, Science and Technology Studies, multispecies ethnography and more-than-human geography to explore the politics that arises when synurbic wildlife, which is wildlife that flourishes in the ecological niches created by cities and urbanisation, becomes a mundane part of everyday life in the city. My thesis focussed on three common Australian native animals in the city of Brisbane: Eastern water dragons, Australian white ibis, and three species of flying fox.

I also have considerable experience in applied environmental social science to support community engagement, wildlife conservation, natural resource management, climate adaptation and the adoption of sustainable technologies. I have held several research positions with the Queensland Government and the CSIRO, and most recently I have explored the cultural aspects of drought adaptation in the Queensland grazing industry, and best practice community engagement and knowledge adoption in agricultural extension programs in the Great Barrier Reef catchments. Currently, I am conducting ‘deep dive’ qualitative social research to support Stakeholder and Traditional Owner Engagement outcomes under the Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program. As well as a PhD in anthropology, I hold a Master of Environmental Science, and degrees in biology and sociology. 

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  • Climate adaptation
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  • Multispecies studies
  • Science and Technology Studies
Experience
  • 2020 - Lecturer in Geography, Australian Catholic University (Brisbane)
  • 2017 to 2020 - Senior Social Scientist, Queensland Department of Environment and Science (Brisbane)
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