Allison received her undergraduate degree (B.Sc.) from the University of California San Diego and her master’s (M.Sc.) degree from the University of Guam. Afterwards, she practiced natural resource management as a biological technician with the US National Park Service. Her interests include ecology, evolution, fisheries, and coral reef biology.
As a PhD student, Allison will utilize genotyping by sequencing (GBS) methods to better understand the taxonomy, viability, and health of New Zealand lamprey (Geotria australis) populations. The New Zealand lamprey is a customary fishery and her research will fill multiple key knowledge gaps while providing insight on ways to restore and enhance lamprey populations around New Zealand.
Allison will work in collaboration with National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) Principal Scientist of Freshwater Fish Dr. Cindy Baker. She is supervised by Professor Neil Gemmell and is based at the University of Otago.