PhD Candidate at Australian National University
Living in Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Caitlin is a PhD candidate at The Australian National University in Canberra. She is based in the Division of Ecology and Evolution in the Research School of Biology. As an undergraduate, Caitlin studied systems engineering, biomedical engineering, and chemistry, before shifting focus to evolutionary biology in her Honours year. Caitlin’s PhD focuses on assessing and developing phylogenetic methods, with the aim of reducing systematic bias and improving phylogenetic inference. She aims to make phylogenetic tools and methods more approachable to researchers in other fields.
Caitlin is dedicated to increasing the number of women in STEMM. She has volunteered with multiple organisations focused on promoting STEMM undergraduate degrees to primary and high school students, including running robotics workshops in regional areas of Australia and mentoring high school science students. As part of a team promoting gender equity in engineering, Caitlin was involved in running a mentoring program for pairing first-year female engineering students with final-year female mentors. Outside of work, Caitlin spends her spare time on nature walks, working on embroidery and dressmaking projects, and baking increasingly complicated cakes.