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Lecturer in Ecology, University of New England

Manu is an ecologist with expertise in ecosystem services, insect ecology, agroecology and science communication.


  • 2020–present
    Lecturer, University of New England
  • 2017–2020
    Postdoctoral research fellow, University of New England
  • 2014–2016
    Postdoctoral fellow, Institute for Land Water & Society, Charles Sturt Uni


  • 2014 
    Charles Sturt University, Doctor of Philosophy, Ecology
  • 2008 
    University of Queensland, B Env Sc (Hons)
  • 2001 
    University of Queensland, B A (English, Journalism)


  • 2018
    Insect pollinators collect pollen from wind-pollinated plants: implications for pollination ecology and sustainable agriculture, Insect Conservation & Diversity
  • 2017
    Bringing ecology blogging into the scientific fold: measuring reach and impact of science community blogs, Royal Society Open Science
  • 2017
    Ecosystem services in agriculture: understanding the multifunctional role of invertebrates, Agricultural & Forest Entomology
  • 2016
    Combining costs and benefits of animal activities to assess net yield outcomes in apple orchards., PLOS One
  • 2016
    Limitations of the ecosystem services versus disservices dichotomy, Conservation Biology
  • 2016
    Resource connectivity for beneficial insects in landscapes dominated by monoculture tree crop plantations, International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability 14:82-99
  • 2016
    Pollinators, pests, and predators: Recognizing ecological trade-offs in agroecosystems., AMBIO 45:4-14
  • 2013
    Almond orchards with living ground cover host more wild insect pollinators, Journal of Insect Conservation 17:1011-1025

Professional Memberships

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

Research Areas

  • Ecosystem Function (050102)
  • Landscape Ecology (050104)
  • Conservation And Biodiversity (050202)
  • Environmental Sciences (05)
  • Agricultural Land Management (070101)