Allie is a PhD student in the Research Ecology Group at Monash University. She is exploring the challenges to and opportunities for conservation management on small inhabited islands, using the management of Norfolk Island's endemic passerines as a case study.
Allie is an ecologist with a passion for improving human-altered and human-affected systems. She completed her honours at The University of Queensland in Brisbane where she studied the relationship between soil microbes and invasive plants. She then moved on to work at the University of California, Berkeley, where she investigated the viability of releasing candidate parasitoid wasps as a classical biological control for an invasive fruit-fly. Her time spent in California nurtured her interest in socio-ecological studies, shifting her focus to conservation management of endangered species in human-occupied systems.
Throughout her PhD candidature under the supervision of Dr Rohan Clarke and Dr Carly Cook, she will identify and measure the threats currently facing five endemic perching bird species of Norfolk Island. Concurrently, she will be researching and developing a conservation tool specifically for conservation management of small islands with substantial human populations. By combining ecological and theoretical research and employing sociological methods, Allie endeavours to improve conservation outcomes for inhabited island ecosystems.