We work on community ecology and ecosystem function in a range of systems.
PhD candidate (with Rader Lab)
I received a B.S. in Entomology with distinction in research and a minor in fungal biology at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. At Cornell, I completed an honours project on the potential for Eristalis (Diptera: Syrphidae) flower flies to vector fecal-orally transmitted bee parasites. At UNE, I am researching the efficiency of fly pollinators in Australian horticultural crops.
General interests: Insect pollinators, pollinator health, disease ecology and fungal biology
I am a PhD student investigating the diversity of flower-visiting invertebrate and vertebrate species on berry crops and adjacent native bushland. I am interested in determining the quantity and quality of nectar resources that these species use to explore interactions between pollinators and plants both on-farm and off. My aim is to determine the benefits and trade-offs of these interactions that occur across the wider landscape context.
After doing a Bachelor of Environmental Science at The University of Queensland and completing Honours examining the effect of Chytrid Fungus on the physiology of Green Tree Frogs I decided I wanted to pursue a PhD. A project with a conservation aim was very important to me and I jumped at the chance to be a part of the team at The University of New England looking at managing the upland lagoons found in the region.