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I supervise students based at the Natural History Museum, where I am usually based, and at the University of Tasmania in Launceston.

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Research Expertise

I'm a conservation biologist with a focus on the marine environment and island biology. Particular interests include seabirds, marine debris, invasive species, and globally threatened or extinct species. I make use of a variety of field-, lab-, and collections-based techniques, including stable isotopes, ICP-MS, demographic modelling, and analysis of population trends.

I am always interested in hearing from prospective students or post-doctoral fellows based at my main place of work, the Natural History Museum, or elsewhere, who wish to join the research group. There are a number of options, depending on the career stage and location of prospective lab members. I strongly encourage women, queer, indigenous, and other minority group scholars to get in touch. I support flexible working hours and locations. I am always interested in hearing from prospective students or post-doctoral fellows who have research interests in (marine) ornithology, conservation, islands, and pollution topics. Students or researchers in other fields, including the arts, humanities, and social sciences, are also welcome to contact me about potential projects around the history of the collections, particular collectors or ornithological figures, sustainability of plastic use, or other topics. For more information, see

Academic Qualifications

2007-2011 - Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Biology, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Thesis: Relationships between oceanography and the demography & foraging of auklets (Charadriiformes, Alcidae: Aethia; Merrem 1788) in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska

2005-2007 - Masters of Science, Atlantic Cooperative Wildlife Ecology Research Network (ACWERN) & Department of Biology, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. Thesis: Patterns of mercury burden in the seabird community of Machias Seal Island, New Brunswick

2001-2005 - Bachelors of Science (Honours), Department of Biology, Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada. Thesis: Daytime spring migrations of scoters (Melanitta spp.) in the Bay of Fundy

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Memorial University, Newfoundland

Award Date: 21 Nov 2011

Master in Science, University of New Brunswick

Award Date: 1 Nov 2007

Bachelor of Science, Mount Allison University

Award Date: 18 May 2005

External positions

Honourary Researcher, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia

2017 → …

Senior Curator in Charge of Birds, Natural History Museum (Bird group)

2017 → …


  • QL Zoology
  • Ornithology
  • QH301 Biology
  • Conservation Biology


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