Senior Lecturer, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Sydney

I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Sydney. I am interested in understanding how simple organisms like ants, bees, and slime moulds, are able to solve problems by working together as a group. Amazingly, slime moulds can solve mazes, anticipate events and can make ‘clever’ dining decisions. Ant colonies can build efficient transportation networks and can rapidly adapt to changes in the environment. Understanding how these simple creature accomplish such astonishing feats may help us design better and smarter computer systems. I am also broadly interested in slime mould ecology and insect behaviour.

I am also interested in insect pollination and bee ecology, especially in urban and agricultural environments.

Experience

  • 2016–present
    Senior lecturer, University of Sydney
  • 2008–2014
    Postdoctoral fellow, University of Sydney

Education

  • 2008 
    University of Calgary, Canada, PhD, Insect Ecology

Research Areas

  • Behavioural Ecology (060201)
  • Ecological Applications Not Elsewhere Classified (050199)

Honours

NSW Tall Poppy award