I am a PhD student enrolled in the School of Biological Sciences at UWA. My main area of research is in plant health and microbial functions in ecosystems. To date, this research has focused on rhizosphere environments, which is the zone of soil that is influenced by plant roots. My research in this area has included investigating plant-pathogen interactions and the role of plant root exudates in bioremediation of petroleum hydrocarbons. My current PhD research is in seagrass rhizospheres. The aim of my current PhD research is to gain a greater understanding of the interaction among seagrass roots, sediments and microbial communities in order to improve management of these essential coastal ecosystems.