The power of molecular methods in ecology has always fascinated me and has been the primary driver of my research. Insights gained at the population and community level have been of particular interest.
Currently, I am working as a data analyst on the WEWASH project, applying molecular methods to better understand the ecology of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater, and its relevance for wastewater epidemiology. The WEWASH project, and more broadly the COVID-19 pandemic, has demonstrated the societal value of molecular ecology in the 21st century.
Previously, I applied molecular methods to topics relevant to a far more fundamental threat to human survival: the ecological crisis. These topics included population connectivity, impacts of the aquaculture industry and biomonitoring using eDNA.