Featured on Australian Geographic!

I am very excited to have had one of my photographs featured on Australian Geographic’s Instagram page! If you’d like to stay updated on my photography, you can find me on Instagram here.

Media Release

Recently I was contacted for a radio interview with ABC North West to talk about my PhD work with Varanids. While a nerve wracking experience (my first interview- probably evident to listeners!), it was an exciting opportunity to talk about my work, and some of the problems facing conservation of our incredible native wildlife. Science communication is an essential component of research.

Here’s a summary of the interview. Please note, BHS is VHF (probably the fault of my nervous voice!)

media release

If you have any further questions about my work, please get in touch.

Australian Varanids

Two common species of varanids within Western Australia are Varanus gouldii, and Varanus panoptes. These two species are often confused. While having similar appearances, V. panoptes tend to grow larger and stockier than V. gouldii, and vary slightly in patterning. V. gouldii appear to have a more uniformly patterned body than V. panoptes, which typically have several well defined yellow spots. The following are some photos of each species.

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Diplodactylus pulcher

Diplodactylus pulcher (with a very apt common name of  the Pretty Gecko, or Fine Faced Gecko) are a relatively widespread and common species. D. pulcher has a wide variation in patterning, and can be difficult to differentiate from other species of the Diplodactylus genus, such as D. granariensis. This strikingly marked individual was found in Mid West Western Australia in an open area of a region largely dominated by mulga vegetation.

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The big, the small, and the downright adorable.

The bulk of fieldwork is starting to wrap up for the year, so figured it was about time to update the website with some cool reptile finds! So far the list of herp species observations for this season stands at 11, 7 of those being new species for me (some pictured below).

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