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I am a neuroethologist interested in understanding the neural basis of behaviour in arthropods. Most of my research focusses on insects, especially ants, bees, wasps and spiders. The miniature brain of arthropods processes and intergrates a range of information, some generated by the animal itself and some available in the environment. Their brain is small enough to map the neural ciruitry and identify the visual pathways involved in learning and memory, which are essential abilities for survivial.

A second aspect of my research aims to promote pollination using native insect pollinators and to develop methods and techniques to control pests and diseases in native insects.

Academic Positions:

  • 2015-2018: ARC Future Fellow, Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie Univeristy, Sydney
  • 2012-2014: ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) Fellow, Research School of Biological Sciences, Australian National Univeristy, Canberra
  • 2009-2011: ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellow (APD), Research School of Biological Sciences, Australian National Univeristy, Canberra


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