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) . Some of my recent work appears or is forthcoming in Overland, AGNI, NOON Annual, Literary Mama, Creative Nonfiction and elsewhere.