I never thought I’d be a Scientist…
I am currently in my third year of my PhD journey at UNSW with Dr. Daniel Noble and A/Prof Shinchi Nakagawa in the Inter-disciplinary Ecology and Evolution Lab. The main focus of my PhD is to understand how animal responds to temperature and how these flexible responses evolves and how early-life environments can influences these flexible responses. I am using a lizard species as a model to test questions about how incubation environment changes an individual’s physiology, behaviour, cognition and life-history.
At the moment, I have really broad research interest simply because…I am captivated byeverything. I am mostly fascinated about convergent evolution and coevolution as mechanisms to drive the evolution of complex traits such as behaviour. I am still finding my niche but have a big long list of ideas I want to explore after my PhD.
I discovered my passion for Animal Behaviour during the second year of my undergraduate degree. A very inspiring lecturer (Dr. Anne Gaskett) showed the class a BBC documentary clip and discussed the exciting research behind the footage. Since then, I was hooked. Every step I’ve made brought me closer to becoming a Behavioural Ecologist.
I moved to Sydney in 2014 to do my Masters of Research at Macquarie University with Dr. Daniel Noble and A/Prof Martin Whiting at the Lizard Lab. My project focussed on what makes winners win contests and the consequences of winning fights on the ability to learn from others in the eastern water skink.
There is no other job like research and that’s why I enjoy it so much! Everyday is different, every project, every system. Not every solution is transferrable to another, there is always something unique, which makes tackling questions so fun, yet so challenging!