Flossy’s journey into a PhD with the Research Ecology Lab has been driven by a passion for environmental conservation and sustainability. She completed her honours degree with Monash University and Phillip island Nature Parks investigating the influence of ocean stratification on the foraging success of little penguins. She then went on to work as an environmental consultant and marine educator while volunteering as the research coordinator for a project monitoring the St Kilda little penguin colony. Through her work with the St Kilda Penguins, Flossy hopes to use communication as a key tool for effecting positive environmental change.
Under the supervision of Rohan Clarke and Bronwyn Issac, Flossy’s PhD project aims to protect the critically endangered Norfolk Island Morepork. The project involves an investigation into the genetics, ecology and breeding behaviour of the species as well as interactions with invasive and native species. As part of the project, management practices will be established to ensure species persistence while maintaining a balanced island ecosystem.