Born in South Africa and growing up in four different countries (South Africa, Iran, United Arab Emirates and Australia), Henriette completed a Bachelor of Environmental Science and an Honours in Applied Science at the University of Canberra. During her Bachelor studies she majored in four different areas – Water Science, Environmental Genetics, Applied Ecology and Integrated Environmental Management, respectively. Henriette’s
Honours project used a combination of lab-based and office-based technologies to compare the evolution of the Major Histocompatibility Complex gene region of the Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby against that of other Australian Marsupials.
Henriette joined the Institute for Applied Ecology’s EcoDNA team as a lab technician. She currently helps with various lab-based projects that use single-species molecular approaches to inform the presence or absence of native (Rakali) and invasive species (Khapra Beetle, Asian Gypsy Moth) from eDNA samples.
Apart from her exciting role as part of the EcoDNA team at UC, Henriette has an avid interest in wildlife, books, music, sport as well as training dogs and riding horses.