My primary research interest is the early life history of fish. I am interested in larval dispersal and transport mechanisms and how they are influenced by nearshore hydrography. I spent three years with PISCO in California where I learned and developed a new tool for tracking the dispersal of larval fish. Otolith microchemistry uses the chemical fingerprint in the otolith (ear bone) of fish as a natural tag to help locate their natal origin. My research to date had focussed on marine species, but I am switching my focus to New Zealand’s freshwater galaxiids (whitebait) because their unique life history makes them ideal candidates for tracking with otolith microchemistry.