Katie Moon

PhD Candidate 

Fenner School of Environment & Society, 
Australian National University

School of Biological Sciences, Monash University

Email: katielouisemoon@gmail.com
Telephone: +61-3-9905 0697
Office: Biology Building (17) Room 138A, Monash University Clayton Campus

Research Interests
  • Long-distance dispersal
  • Evolutionary drivers
  • Phylogeography
  • Climate change
  • Parasite-host systems
  • Invasion and persistence of parasitic species
  • Ecological systems under threat

My main interests are the influence of host dispersal on the spread, the persistence and evolution of parasitic species, and the effect of climate change on these interactions. I use a variety of genetic techniques in concert with ecological data to address these research questions. The focus of my research is the Southern Hemisphere, in the cool-temperate and sub-polar areas. This includes southern Australia, New Zealand, South America, South Africa and the sub-Antarctic Islands. I completed a Bachelor of Medical Science in 2010 at the Australian National University before working at the Commonwealth Department of Environment (then the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Populations and Communities) for a few years. During this time I was able to undertake a number of varied tasks, involving environmental policy and the application thereof. I then returned to the ANU to undertake a Fenner School of Environment & Society Honours year in 2013, for which I received a First Class. I am now in the final stages of my PhD, looking into the movements of penguin ticks, under the supervision of Dr. Ceridwen Fraser (ANU) and Prof. Steven Chown (Monash University).