- Seasonal river ecology
- Environmental metagenomics
- Impacts of mining on aquatic ecosystems
- Aquatic ecology in developing countries
- Stable isotope ecology
- Riparian function and assessment
2012. Phil Carne Prize (nominee). Australian Entomological Society’s prize for excellence in entomological research by postgraduates.
2001. Miriam Jackson Biological Sciences Award. (Prize winner).
Award for excellence by an undergraduate in biology. University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire, USA.
2008-2013. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
The ecology of rivers in the Australian dry tropics. School of Marine and Tropical Biology, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland. link
2003-2005. Master of Science by Research (M.Sc.)
Environmental toxicology of heavy metal pollution in marine and estuarine microalgae. School of Marine and Tropical Biology, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland. link
1998-2002. Bachelor of Science with honours research (B.Sc. – Hons. I) magna cum laude
The physiological effects of microalgal biotoxins on different populations of Daphnia pulex (Cladocera). Evolutionary biology and ecology, University of New Hampshire, USA.
Melanie and Fatien (Karunia MacDonald) in Ghana – river sampling