• The short story

    I'm a geospatial scientist who specialises in using remote sensing technologies to tackle environmental challenges. Right now I am focused on how satellites and drones can be used to address the growing marine plastic pollution crisis. As part of my research, I have travelled to remote islands in the Indian Ocean and have worked with a team of researchers and volunteers from several institutions.


    I am fortunate enough to teach both undergraduate and masters students in subjects related to remote sensing and science communication.


    I am also an avid rock climber and hiker.

  • Current Research

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    My current research investigates the use of remote sensing technologies including RGB drones, hand held spectroradiometers and multispectral satellites for detecting marine plastic debris found on remote shorelines, like tropical islands and regional Australia.


    Being remote doesn't protect these places from pollution; despite small populations (or being completely uninhabited), large amounts of plastic accumulate in these areas thanks to ocean currents. This debris presents a threat to both the environment and local eco-tourism.

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    In order to create a global marine debris early detection system, ground data must be collected, and satellite imagery needs to be validated. We do this through the collection of spectral data from field sites like the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. The data collected from these sites can inform the scientific community on detection limits, spectral separability and detection accuracy.

  • Awards & achievements

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    Front cover article for Remote Sensing November 2021 issue


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    MDPI Remote Sensing Cover image finalist


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    Vice Chancellor's List award for academic excellence


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    RMIT commendation for academic excellence

    2016, 2017, 2018

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    RMIT sustainability ambassador


  • Qualifications

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    PhD - Geospatial Science

    Joint Degree University of Twente Netherlands, RMIT Univer​sity AU

    • Researching the use of remote sensing technologies for the detection and quantification of marine plastic debris on remote coastlines
    • Organised fieldwork to the Cocos (Keeling) Islands and ran data collection by a team of volunteers
    • Demonstrated the use of spectral remote sensing for detecting in-situ plastic debris on beaches
    • Remote sensing at varying spatial scales; proximal, UAV, satellites
    • Presented findings at
      • European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories symposium 2021, Warsaw, Poland
      • Malaysia – Australia Dialogue Series on Combating Marine Plastic Pollution 2022
      • 7th International Marine Debris Conference 2022, Busan, South Korea
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    Masters of Applied Science (Geospatial Science)

    RMIT University, 2016-2018

    • Assessed the accuracy of two large-scale Australian logging products produced from different datasets, determining their spatial accuracies and sources of error
    • Identified the influence of large-scale bushfires on the accuracy of random forest based maps derived from Landsat time-series
    • Recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s List award for academic excellence
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    Bachelor of Science, Honours (Geoscience)

    Monash University, 2009-2013

    • A petrological and mineralogical framework for establishing PGE mineralisation at Owendale, NSW
    • Mapped the geological structure of the Owendale intrusion
  • Experience


    Remote sensing scientist

    Sensand 2022 -Present

    Student supervisor

    RMIT University 2019 - 2022

    Academic instructor

    RMIT University 2017 -2022

    Research assistant

    RMIT University 2016-2018

    Remote sensing technical consultant

    Parks Victoria 2016-2017

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