Research Assistant – Project Officer
Zoe completed a Bachelor of Science with Marine Biology and Freshwater Ecology majors and went onto complete a first class Honours project assessing the effects of increased salinity on predator-prey interactions in brown tree frog tadpoles at Monash University. She then spent 18 months as a research assistant in the Freshwater Ecology group, conducting field surveys to determine the effects of reduced environmental flow on fish dispersal in degraded streams in rural Victoria.
Eager to lead her own research project she began her PhD at The University of Melbourne to assess a longstanding conundrum in the field of evolutionary biology regarding the evolution of female multiple mating, or polyandry. Cephalopods are record holders when it comes to reproductive morphology and behaviour. As far as is known, all species mate multiply, females store sperm from multiple males and for long periods leading to the potential for strong sexual selection. Despite this, little experimental studies exist to tease apart the mechanisms of sexual selection and sperm competition in this group.
After a stint teaching at the University of Queensland and at Monash University she has now joined the McGeoch Lab as a Research Assistant and Project Officer. Her responsibilities include managing various invasive species projects, liaising with stakeholders, fieldwork and technical and research assistance. Zoe is interested in many aspects of Behavioural and Evolutionary Ecology, particularly how animals adapt to changing environments, and is driven by her passion for wildlife conservation.