Monique completed her BSc (Hons) in 2016 at The University of Queensland. Her PhD research focusses on barriers to fish movement and success in freshwater ecosystems, particularly the Murray-Darling Basin. Monique’s Honours research highlighted that barriers to fish movement are not always physical, and that non-physical barriers, such as temperature, can be just as challenging for fish to overcome. This finding led Monique to investigate both physical and non-physical barriers in her PhD research. One of Monique’s main goals is to demonstrate how physiological investigations can be used to inform evidence-based management and conservation practices for freshwater fish and she is working closely with industry partners to achieve this. 

Research interests

  • Conservation physiology 
  • Thermal biology 
  • Physiological ecology
  • Adaptation/acclimation

Awards & achievements

  • UQ Graduate School PhD Scholarship
  • ASFB Barry Jonassen Research Award 2020
  • ASFB John Glover Travel Fund 2019
  • Graduate Diploma in Education (Senior Years), Queensland University of Technology, 2017
  • Honours Class 1 in Zoology, The University of Queensland, 2016
  • Bachelor of Science with majors in Marine Science and Zoology, The University of Queensland, 2015

Society affiliations

  • Australian Society for Fish Biology


  • Presentation to Australian Society for Fish Biology Conference, 14 – 17 October, 2019. Canberra, ACT. The rate of physiological acclimation to low temperatures: Is physiological plasticity sufficient for fish to respond to cold water pollution? 

Personal interests

  • Hiking, reading, gardening, yoga, spending time with family and friends