Kaylah Del Simone
Effects of bioaccumulation from airborne manganese on the health of wildlife on Groote Eylandt, NT.
PhD Student and Research Assistant email@example.com
BSc (Hons) Zoology & Geographical Science - University of Queensland
During my undergrad I completed a dual degree in Zoology and Geographical Science at the University of Queensland. Throughout my undergraduate days I spent a few months volunteering for a research project looking at the swimming performance of a few native fish species. This gave me a tiny look into the world of research and so I continued on that path into honours.
During my honours with the Wilson Performance Lab, I was fortunate enough to walk across the majority of Groote Eylandt in order to set hundreds of hair traps. I used hair from both northern quolls and northern brown bandicoots to look at the distribution of manganese accumulation in varying habitat types and geomorphologies to determine if the manganese mine on island contributes to contamination/bioaccumulation in wildlife.
After seeing the Island up close and personal, my passion for biology was definitely ignited. I stayed on as a research assistant from mid-2018 to present, getting a good taste for lab work and learning how to prepare different samples and measure element concentrations in each. The work mainly revolves around the use of LA-ICP-MS, ICP-OES and the ILOITE software.
Now in 2019, I have made the first steps in my PhD project. I will be exploring the field of eco-toxicology more in depth by looking at metal accumulation and direct health impacts on both the wildlife on Groote Eylandt and controlled populations of Zebra finches.