I am a molecular biologist, and my research interests lie broadly in vertebrate evolution, diversification and conservation. I am interested in the way in which species evolve and diversify over time and over geographical landscapes. I am an avid conservationist, and find fulfilment in generating information that can assist in the conservation of threatened species. My current research focuses on developing and advancing environmental DNA (eDNA) research, as an emerging approach to studying cryptic or endangered species, and as a broadly applicable approach to biodiversity assessment and biomonitoring. I am a highly inquisitive and enthusiastic person, and am driven to pursue novel ideas and innovative approaches to answering questions and solving problems. I believe that my eDNA research is at the forefront of conservation genetics research in South Africa, and has the potential to revolutionise conservation science and practice.