I am an American-Australian biologist and writer, currently working as an Australian Research Council fellow in the Biological Sciences at the University of Queensland. I study the relationship between sex and death in wild marsupials, and I'm generally interested in male/female conflict and the myriad ways art and science inform each other.
As well as publishing academic papers, I'm integrating my sex/death research into a novel called The Breeding Season, which follows a scientist and a writer through their last year of marriage and re-examines traditional male/female roles in work and life. The novel is based on my short story of the same name which won the 2017 VU Short Story Prize.
I have been the recipient of a Varuna Residential Fellowship (2017), mentorship with Alice Sebold in the AWP Writer to Writer Mentorship Program (2016), and my essay "Pluripotent" was selected for The Best Australian Essays (2017) and nominated for a Pushcart Prize (2018) . Some of my recent work appears or is forthcoming in Overland, AGNI, NOON Annual, Literary Mama, Creative Nonfiction and elsewhere.