• Current PhD, University of Adelaide “Tail photoreception: investigating a novel sensory system in Australian sea snakes”
  • 2014 Ba of Science (First Class Honours), University of Adelaide “Scale sensillae: comparing mechanoreceptors in sea snakes and their terrestrial relatives”
  • 2011 Ba of Science (Evolution & Ecology), Australian National University


  • 2015 – present PhD candidate University of Adelaide 
  • 2013 Administrative assistant, Dot Design Group Sydney 
  • 2009 – 2012 Behavioural therapist, Aspire Early Intervention Sydney
  • 2010 Disability support worker, Tandem Inc. Canberra


  • Gregory Swartz travel grant, Australian-Fulbright Commission, SICB conference in New Orleans 2017
  • Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship 2016, Fulbright, 8-10 months exchange in the USA
  • Hermon-Slade Foundation, Tail photoreception: Discovering a novel sensory system in Australian sea snakes, awarded jointly with Dr Kate Sanders
  • Environmental Institute Seed Grant, Tail photoreception: Discovering a novel sensory system in Australian sea snakes, awarded jointly with Dr Kate Sanders
  •  Carl Gans Fund travel grant, World Congress of Herpetology, the 8th Conference in Hangzhou, China 2016
  • Australian Society of Herpetology travel grant, ASH conference, Tasmania 2016
  • Australian Postgraduate Award
  • University of Adelaide Summer scholarship, 6 weeks research project


Crowe-Riddell JM, Watson AP, Suh AK, Snelling EP, Partridge JC and Sanders KL (2016) The evolution of scale sensilla in the transition from land to sea in elapid snakes. Open Biology 6: 160054. DOI: 10.1098/rsob.160054

Langmore NE, Feeney WE, Crowe-Riddell JM, Luan H, Louwrens KM, Cockburn A (2012) Learned recognition of brood parasitic cuckoos in the superb fairy-wren Malurus cyaneus. Behavioral Ecology 23(4): 798-805. DOI : 10.1093/beheco/arso33

Field Experience

Most of my field work has been in the north west of Western Australia, particularly Broome and offshore reefs like Ashmore reef and Scott reef. I have animal handling experience including handling sea snakes, sea turtles and fairy wrens. This field work has contributed to my own projects at the University of Adelaide as well as to collaborative projects with the University of Western Australia and University of Queensland.


  • Presenter for prospective students at University of Adelaide Open Day Event
  • Student representative on the Open Day Committee in 2016
  • Science presenter for SACE Open Day in 2016
  • Volunteer at Night Lab South Australian Museum in 2016
  • Volunteer at WOMADelaide music festival in 2015
  • Supervisor for undergraduate student project 2015
  • Native plant restoration volunteer for Conservation Volunteers NSW in 2014
  • Undergraduate student representative for ANU SCUBA club in 2011


  • Venomous snake handling course
  • SSI Advanced open water
  • Senior first aid certificate
  • Tropical basic offshore safety induction & emergency training (TBOSIET)
  • Chancellors letter of commendation 2009
  • Certificate in Applied Behavioural Analysis therapy