I am originally from the UK. I studied Oceanography with Marine Biology (BSc Hons) at Southampton University. In 2002 I moved to Australia and completed a MAppSci in Tropical Marine Ecology at James Cook University, Townsville.
I then spent a number of years doing field research and teaching field techniques in association with the Marine Park Authority in the Seychelles, and teaching college level courses in marine biology and oceanography in the Caribbean.
In 2009 I returned to Australia, completing a Masters of Education at Charles Sturt University and a PhD at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University. After a 1 year postdoc at the Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, I moved to the Centre for Marine Socioecology, based at the University of Tasmania.