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I use novel, collaborative, cross-disciplinary approaches to develop innovative research that tackles species declines associated with the twin problems of invasive species and disturbed ecosystems.

I specialise in harnessing collaborative efforts to develop novel approaches to old problems. For example, I combine behavioural, chemical, and microbial ecology approaches to understanding the role of introduced predators such as cats and foxes in Australian ecosystems.

Research interests

I research how invasive species disturb trophic interactions such as predation and herbivory, with a view to conserving native species and addressing the current biodiversity crisis.

I view herbivores as plant predators, and apply what I have learnt about mammalian predators to my research on mammalian herbivores making foraging decisions in invaded vegetation communities.

My ability to see the broadest perspective on any research question has allowed me to collaborate with plant ecologists, chemists, microbiologists, and molecular ecologists.

Education/Academic qualification

Ecology, PhD, Naivete, novelty, and native status: mismatched ecological interactions in the Australian environment, University of Sydney

Award Date: 8 Nov 2013

Ecology, Bachelor of Science (Honours Class I), Spatial Gradients in Prey Cues and the Foraging Success of an Olfactory Predator, The University of New South Wales

Award Date: 1 Jul 2007

History, Bachelor of Arts, The University of New South Wales

Award Date: 30 Jun 2007


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