I am a community ecologist based at the University of New England, Australia. I work on a range of problems and systems to understand the links between ecological patterns and ecosystem services in multifunctional landscapes; these landscapes occur globally where nature, agriculture, and people interact. I use traditional biodiversity metrics, multivariate statistics and network approaches to understand how ecological interactions contribute to ecosystem function and associated services.
Most of my research focuses on insects, particularly how they interact with other organisms and their environment. Insects are critical to ecosystem function and are the most abundant and diverse group of animals on Earth. Yet only about 30% of the world’s insect species are known to science, and there is very little information available about most of these species.
I am passionate about natural history and interdisciplinary research, both of which are fundamental to ecological science and conservation. I am a professional science communicator and support a #scicomm-friendly lab.
Find my blog and social media links at the top right of this page.
I co-founded Wild Pollinator Count in 2014, Australia’s first national citizen science project focused on raising awareness about wild pollinators.
Dynamic Lagoons is a collaborative project funded by the NSW Government through a partnership between the Saving Our Species and the Environmental Trust.