Senior lecturer, Australian National University
I have a couple of undergraduate degrees from Australia (University of Canberra and Macquarie University) and a PhD from the University of Otago in New Zealand. I worked as a postdoctoral fellow in New Zealand (University of Otago) and then in Belgium (Universite Libre de Bruxelles) before taking up a permanent position as a lecturer in the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University in 2012. My research focuses on the biogeography and evolution of Southern Hemisphere species. I use both ecological and genetic techniques to address research questions, and have a particular interest in high-latitude (sub-Antarctic and Antarctic) ecosystems.
For a long time, we have thought of Antarctica as isolated from the rest of the world. The continent is entirely surrounded by the Southern Ocean, which heaves with giant waves whipped up by intense winds, and is home to...