Madeline Toomey completed her Bachelor of Science (Honours) at La Trobe University, Melbourne and she is passionate about using genetic techniques to investigate the natural world. Her Honours research investigated population structure and genetic diversity in the Near Threatened marsupial the Julia Creek dunnart, Sminthopsis douglasi. Her current research focus is investigating virus resistance in the Australian blacklip abalone, Haliotis rubra. This research will provide benefits the management of wild harvest and aquaculture fisheries nationally. Madeline’s additional research interests include climate adaptation in native flora and the utilisation of eDNA techniques to assist with native and non-native species monitoring and biodiversity assessments.