Heather is Postdoctoral Fellow at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, in collaboration with the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). Heather’s research focuses on identifying the genomic mechanisms that allow some populations of coral reef fish to acclimate to climate change, with particular interest in epigenetic inheritance. More broadly, she uses next-generation sequencing and qRT-pCR to answer a range of questions relating to how climate change affects marine animals at the molecular level.

  • Epigenetic mechanisms of transgenerational acclimation.
  • Genome, transcriptome and methylome differences across populations and generations of reef fishes in response to climate change.
  • qRT-PCR of genes in response to climate change in marine fishes.
  • Tutored (teaching assistant) for invertebrate zoology, inroduction to science, introduction to marine biology, molecular biology, molecular approaches ecology and evolution, biochemistry
  • 2015 to 2017 - Postdoctoral Fellow, James Cook University (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)
  • 2010 to 2011 - Laboratory Manager, James Cook University (Molecular Ecology and Evolution Laboratory)
  • 2010 to 2011 - Resesarch Assistant, James Cook University (Molecular Ecology and Evolution Laboratory)
  • 2003 to 2008 - Laboratory Technician, Health Canada (Tunney's Pasture, Ottawa, Canada)
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  • 2013 - Australian Coral Reef Society Student Travel Award
  • 2012 - Collaboration Across Boundaries (JCU)
  • 2012 - Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Science for Management Award
  • 2012 - Australian Coral Reef Society Research Fellowship
  • 2011 - James Cook University International Research Scholarship
  • 2001 - Ottawa University Undergraduate Entrance Scholarship

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