Agricultural, Environmental and Veterinary Sciences
Jess is an Early Career Researcher and lecturer in ecology in the School of Agricultural, Environmental and Veterniary Sciences. Jess is also an academic researcher in the Marine Bioproducts Cooperative Research Centre.
Jess was awarded her PhD in 2016 from the University of Technology Sydney which explored Natural Populations of Microbial Communities on Coral Reefs.
Jess conducted novel in-situ experiments on the Great Barrier Reef and the Red Sea to understand the behavioural mechanisms underpinning relationships between microbes and reef organisms such as corals and sponges. Her work also tracked and quantified changes among potential pathogenic microbes during coral bleaching events under simulated future climate change scenarios.
Jess now extends her previous experience using eDNA in the marine environment to freshwater and estuarine ecosystems with a continued focus on climate change and exploring the impact extreme weather events can have on the ecology of aquatic systems. Her recent research also focuses on developing molecular tools to detect the beautiful and charismatic Australian endemic, yet endangered freshwater turtle - the Manning River Helmeted Turtle (Myuchelys purvisi).
Before commencing at Charles Sturt, Jess previously worked as a microbiologist in industry, a research officer in government, and as an independent research consultant & grant writer by First Nation's Elders in her local community.