Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Charles Sturt University

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).


  • 2017–present
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Charles Sturt University


  • 2017 
    Western Sydney University, PhD
  • 2012 
    University of St Andrews, BSc (Honours)

Professional Memberships

  • British Ecological Society
  • Ecological Society of Australia
  • Royal Entomological Society