As part of the Knowledge Transfer group, Monica facilitates connections between the University’s researchers, in-country partners (NGOs, government departments and communities) and regional agencies, together with current and prospective students, and graduates.
After initially working in Information Technology for 15 years in a variety of roles, including programming, systems, business and marketing analysis, project management and team leadership, Monica enrolled in Ecology at Victoria where she became hooked on research.
After completing her PhD in 2012, Monica spent six years as a postdoctoral research fellow at the School of Biological Sciences, in the research areas of ecology, evolution, genetics, genomics, statistics and bioinformatics. She has been the Principal Investigator on one Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden funded project, and Associate Investigator on two others.
Monica’s PhD research led her to the Pacific, which resulted in the formation of Viclink’s not-for-profit entity Pacific Biosecurity, of which she is co-founder and director. While the success of Pacific Biosecurity led her to join Viclink’s permanent staff in 2018, she continues to retain her research connections.