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Donald is a physical/analytical chemist with a particular interest in characterising the physical chemistry of insect pheromones, attractants, repellents and toxicants, as well as other natural products that mediate insect behaviour, to enable improved formulation of lure, traps and other management tools. He uses his instrument expertise to identify, quantify and characterise molecules that are of biological significance to insect pests with the ultimate goal of bioprospecting for the starting points of novel and effective pest management tools


Donald was born and raised in Switzerland. After completing his high school certificate in 2008 he decided to pack his bags and commence his Bachelor of Science with a major in Chemistry at Macquarie University in 2009. As a very successful junior in swimming, he sought to chase his sporting ambitions in the country from which his role models originated from. Macquarie University gave him the flexibility to do well in his studies while pursuing these sporting ambitions. He eventually graduated from his Bachelor’s degree in 2012.

He then enrolled in the university's new Masters of Research degree and discovered his keen interest in scientific instrumentation and atmospheric chemistry. By the end of 2014 he submitted his Masters thesis titled "Method Development for PILS-IC for Large Volume Environmental Chamber Experiments on Amine-based Aerosol" and was offered a PhD scholarship.

From 2015 to 2019 he carefully worked on investigating chemicals important for Bactrocera fruit fly control. He further honed his skills on various analytical instruments and techniques and enjoyed applying his chemistry knowledge to biological problems. In 2019 he submitted his PhD thesis titled "Investigation into Deployment, Dispersal and Transformation of Chemicals Important to Fruit Fly Control".

As of 2019, he is a full-time staff member of the Phil Taylor group in Applied BioSciences and oversees instrument set-up, instrument maintenance, and sample preparation and analysis for GCMS and insect respirometry. He continuously seeks to broaden his technical knowledge on analytical techniques relevant for quantifying chemicals important for pest control.

Education/Academic qualification

Physical Chemistry/Chemical Ecology, PhD, Macquarie University

Apr 2015Apr 2019

Atmospheric Chemistry, Masters of Research (Biomolecular Sciences), Macquarie University

Feb 2013Dec 2014

Chemistry, Bachelor of Science (Chemistry Major), Macquarie University

Feb 2009Dec 2012


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