I feel extremely privileged to have been exposed to such a broad range of scientific research techniques and fields of study throughout my degree.
I have a wealth of experience in identifying species and have co-led research projects both in the lab and in the field.
Scientific Reports – Undergraduate Assessment
I co-led comprehensive research into the role of ultraviolet reflectance in male to male aggression in Uca coarctata fiddler crabs.
As part of our Marine Science course, I wrote “Does varying tidal sequence, hydroperiod and physiological adaptations of propagules effect zonation of mangrove species in the intertidal zone?“, a thorough introduction that attempts to develop a rationale for a study into the zonation of mangrove species.
The practical component of this same course took us to the UQ Moreton Bay Research Station where I co-led research into the “Influence of chemically mediated predator perception on the foraging behaviour of Conuber sordidus (Gastropoda: Naticidae)”
With an interest in how organisms adapt to extreme environments, my colleagues and I wrote “Adaptations of the Oldman Saltbush to arid and saline environments” and created a powerpoint presentation to accompany it.
In Ecology, we wrote two abstracts based on the research we were conducting in the lab:
“Oviposition preference of Plutella xylostella in response to simulated herbivory on Brassica oleracea”
“Influence of priority effects and environmental filters on the assembly of microbial communities in aquatic environments”
As a critical assessment of research by Willoughby et al., (2014), I wrote, “Genetic diversity in captive breeding” that aimed to communicate scientific concepts to a non-expert audience.
As a personal response to the ABC Science Show program “Where memory resides”, I wrote, “Is the future for neuroscience in engineering memories?“.