Sophia is currently undertaking a PhD within the School of Molecular and Life Sciences at Curtin University. Through a bachelor and honours degree from Loughborough University, Sophia has developed research experience in conservation biology, biogeography and biodiversity assessment. Sophia undertook the data collection for her honours in the South-West Australian Floristic Region whilst studying abroad at Curtin University in 2016. This study investigated the multi-scale biogeographic controls over plant species diversity on granite outcrops. She is currently researching the “enigmatic” ecological impacts of mineral exploration activities on geologically unique Banded Ironstone Formations(BIFs) is Western Australia’s Midwest region and her methods primarily include DNA metabarcoding and spatial analysis.