Senior Lecturer, School of Life Sciences, University of Technology Sydney

I am a plant ecologist with a particular interest in arid environments, primarily in Australia but also other parts of the world. I am fascinated with plants living in the apparently harsh conditions of arid regions, namely extreme high temperatures coupled with low irregular rainfall. My current emphasis is on leaf function and survival at extreme high temperatures. High temperature extremes are predicted to increase in both intensity and frequency in the future. I am interested in learning how and which plants will survive these increased extremes.


  • 2016–present
    Associate professor, School of Life Sciences, University 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


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

Professional Memberships

  • Ecological Society of Australia


Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy