Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Murdoch University

George is an affiliate of the Centre of Excellence for Climate Change Woodland and Forest Health at Murdoch University.

My research career started at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry as an undergraduate student (2002-2006) working on the Beach Bark Disease insect-pathogen complex affecting areas of the Eastern United States. My post-graduate work (2006-2010) focused on the pathogenicity and deleterious effects of root-inhabiting bark beetle-associated ophiostomatoid fungi found in Pinus species throughout the South-Eastern U.S. In addition to researching host-pathogen interactions, I was involved in insect population research, root disease surveys (USDA) and tree disease diagnostics. During my post-graduate research I worked as a forest manager (U.S. Army), responsible for formulation of timber management prescriptions, application of prescribed fire, and other land management techniques.

Experience

  • –present
    Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Murdoch University

Education

  • 2010 
    Auburn University, Alabama, USA, PhD Forestry (Forest Pathology/Entomology)