I grew up exploring the rivers of far north Queensland and the Northern Territory, during which time I developed a passion for fish and their environments. Moving to Mildura, Victoria in my final years of school, I soon realised that my love for the environment was where life needed to be and soon after (2008) landed a job at the Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre in Mildura. Whilst being a self-confessed generalist who loves to explore the ‘big picture’ of a system, (all be it in my brain, as no one has deep enough pockets) I occasionally get excited about vegetation and community engagement, especially with farmers. After years of running the logistics for monitoring projects at Euston Lakes and on the Great Darling Anabranch, I’ve started to actually ask some questions of my own relating to ‘Golden perch recruitment during the 2010 flood’ where hundreds of young of year golden perch were recorded flooding the breaking banks of the Darling Anabranch. I also started to dive into the world of acoustic tracking and otolith aging. At which point I had a baby girl, named her after a Northern Australia freshwater fish, Saratoga, and have just returned to work. Questions still unanswered and with no time to answer them.