I am a network ecologist passionate about the marine environment and interested in answering key questions in social-ecological and sustainability research. I am trained as a marine biologist and network ecologist and hold a MSc (Cum Laude) in biology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. My master’s dissertation developed an ecological resilience framework using ecosystem networks of South African east coast estuaries. I am interested in quantitative ecology and believe it is an innovative and powerful tool with the potential to provide clear-cut advice to sustainability researchers. Since finishing my masters I worked at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Research at James Cook University, Australia. Here I worked on network and social-ecological research aimed to link ecosystem structure and function. Other work and education experience has provided me with a background in conservation and marine based field work. Currently I am a PhD candidate at the University of Essex, United Kingdom where I focus on environmental drivers of food web structure and energy flux in marine ecosystems. I am keen to undertake my PhD research as it has a broad aim to improve foundations of ecosystem-based management and vulnerability risk assessments in the face of global change.