Abigail Parker

PhD Candidate 

Abi’s PhD research is investigating factors affecting reproductive success in turtles. Abi is conducting research on PFAS exposure in Victorian freshwater turtles and its impacts on their reproductive success, and will also go on to investigate PFAS exposure in sea turtles. Specifically, Abi is investigating if maternal transfer of PFAS occurs from female to eggs to hatchlings, and if so, the effects on hatching success and hatchling fitness.

An additional component of Abi’s research is investigating if there is intraspecific variation in reproductive success in sea turtle species. This has already been discovered for leatherback sea turtles and Abi is investigating if this is also the case in green turtle populations.

Co-supervised by Professor Roger Evans, Monash University