PhD Student


There are a number of levels of biological integration and each level find its explanation of mechanism in the levels below and its significance in the levels above.

George A. Bartholomew, 1964

Heather is PhD student investigation pheromone utilisation in elasmobranchs (sharks, skates and rays) at the Queensland Brain Institute under the supervision of Prof. Justin Marshall and Prof. Rob Capon. Originally from the exciting Australian capital Canberra, Heather completed her undergraduate degree in marine biology at James Cook University (JCU) in Townsville including a semester abroad at St. Andrews University, Scotland. Following her degree, Heather completed her Honours in Aquaculture in 2013 at JCU. She then relocated to Brisbane and held a position as a research assistant in the Visual Neuroethology Lab at the University of Queensland before commencing her PhD in 2017 at the same institution.



Heather’s project aims to investigate the use of pheromones by elasmobranchs (sharks, skates and rays) by exploring the link between their chemical ecology and olfactory systems. Specifically, she’s examining the seasonal variation in the electrophysiological and behavioural responses of the epaulette shark to conspecific-derived chemical cues. She is also interested in the neuronal projections and olfactory capabilities of the species with respect to reproductive activity and deterrents.



2013 BSc with Honours, James Cook University, AUSTRALIA
2017 Commenced PhD, Queensland Brain Institute, The University Queensland, AUSTRALIA


2017-2017 Research Assistant, Visual Neuroethology Lab, University of Queensland, AUSTRALIA
2017-Present  Histology Lab Assistant, School of Biomedical Sciences Histology Facility, University of Queensland, AUSTRALIA