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Associate Professor, Faculty of Science, University of Technology Sydney

I am a plant ecologist with a particular interest in plants growing in environments. My current emphasis is on how plants function and survive under temperature extremes, which are increasing in frequency, intensity and duration. I am especially fascinated with plants living in the harsh conditions of arid regions, namely high temperatures coupled with low, irregular rainfall. To validate theory, I am a strong believer in field research, where I use a range of physiological methodologies to measure plant responses to environmental extremes.


  • 2016–present
    Associate professor, School of Life Sciences, University of Technology Sydney
  • 2019–2021
    Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning, Faculty of Science, University of Technology Sydney
  • 2017–2019
    Head of School, School of Life Sciences, Univeristy of Technology Sydney
  • 2009–2015
    Senior lecturer, School of the Environment, University of Technology Sydney
  • 2007–2009
    Lecturer, Department of Environmental Science, University of Technology Sydney
  • 1999–2005
    Associate Lecturer, Australian National University


  • 2008 
    Australian National University, PhD
  • 2001 
    Australian National University, BSc Honours
  • 1991 
    Canberra Institute of the Arts, ANU, BA (visual)

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    Living on the edge: how do Australian plants cope with extreme temperature?
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council Linkage Project

Professional Memberships

  • Ecological Society of Australia
  • Australian Rangelands Society


Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy