Researcher biography

I completed both my undergraduate and Masters degrees at UQ. I have always had an interest in science, in particular biological and physical sciences. I grew up watching documentaries and being incredibly fascinated by the world around me.  It wasn’t until many years after graduating high school that I found my way back to science and haven’t looked back since. I first completed my BSc in Zoology and quickly followed that up with the Master of Conservation Science. I was then encouraged by my Masters supervisor to undertake a PhD.  After much deliberation, I decided it had to be marine, it had to be applied, it had to be novel, and it had to have the potential to make a difference. In the end, that sent me to the bottom of the world. My project is investigating the threat of marine invasive species reaching the Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctica in a warming world.

Oakes's principal advisor is Professor Kerrie Wilson.