I am a Research Fellow at Charles Sturt University and a member of the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation. I investigate the ecology of soil-plant-insect interactions. I am interested in how soil factors can alter plant traits which drive insect herbivory. I have a particular interest in understanding how arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi alter plant-invertebrate interactions.
I obtained my PhD from the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment at Western Sydney University where I studied the impacts of silicon and mycorrhizal fungi on plant-insect interactions belowground.
Prior to this I completed my BSc (Honours) at the University of St Andrews in Scotland where I studied how silicon enhances barley resistance to insect herbivores.
I am currently an Associate Editor for Austral Ecology and for Pedobiologia (Journal of Soil Ecology).