COMMUNITY ECOLOGY AND PLANT RESILIENCE
Our research at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment (HIE) is concerned with insect-plant ecology with a focus on understanding natural mechanisms for plant resistance to insect pests, including plant defence, mutualistic microbes and biological control.
A large component of this work focuses on silicon based defences in plants. Our research determines how these can be enhanced to protect plants from pests and diseases and make plants more resilient to environmental change.
In March 2023, Scott completed an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship which developed Australian research capacity in this field. We embrace partnerships with national and international collaborators to pursue our research goals and deliver meaningful outputs.