About

Hi! I'm Ryan and I'm a plant and fungal systematics/taxonomy PhD student with the Linde Group at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra. My PhD project aims to investigate the systematics and taxonomy of Pterostylis (Orchidaceae) and their mycorrhizal symbionts (Ceratobasidium, Ceratobasidiaceae).

More broadly, my research interests focus on using integrative taxonomic methods to resolve species boundaries in taxonomically challenging groups. I recently completed a Master of Scientific Studies (Biodiversity Science) as a Vice-Chancellor's Scholar at the University of New England (UNE), where I was also awarded the N.C.W. Beadle Scholarship in Botany to complete my Masters research project on the taxonomy, systematics and conservation of Prostanthera (Lamiaceae).

Prior to becoming a systematist, I worked as an opera singer, voice actor, film maker, and writer. I have performed and had my films screened nationally and internationally, and I have won multiple prizes and scholarships for my work.

Rather than shy away from my unconventional career trajectory, I've decided to embrace it and acknowledge the diversity of experiences and skills that I have. I've had a rich and varied career so far and I'm grateful for the ways that these experiences have shaped my current work.

I still occasionally work as a voice actor and singer, and you can learn more about that here.