RESEARCH BLOG

May 23, 2019

Really excited to have received a new grant from the Hermon Slade Foundation to investigate how increasing levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide will affect invertebrate communities in a Eucalypt woodland. 

We reported how declines of around 14% had already occurred at A...

May 12, 2018

A big welcome to Ximena Cibiils Stewart who started her PhD at HIE this last week. She joins us with her husband (Juan) and will be investigating how silicon defences against herbivores are potentially improved by mutualistic fungi (mycorrhizal fungi and endophytes). T...

September 18, 2017

A big welcome to Dr Casey Hall who has just started a postdoctoral research position with me at HIE as part of the ARC Future Fellowship. Casey will be exploring the role of silicon on herbivore defences, especially in the context of phytohormonal changes, under predic...

September 18, 2017

A big welcome to Dr Rebecca Vandegeer who takes up a postdoctoral research position with me at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment. She'll be working on our ARC Discovery project 'Down to earth defence: unlocking soil-derived defences for plant protection'. Th...

July 1, 2017

Official start day for my ARC Future Fellowship. Exciting times ahead and a fantastic opportunity to build new research collaborations in Australia and overseas. 

March 14, 2017

Every four years the Ecological Society of Australia and the New Zealand Ecological Society combine their annual meetings. This year I'm privileged to chair the organising committee for this meeting.

Exceptional science, diverse networking opportunities and a vibrant s...

January 19, 2017

Great to see our new book launched at the British Ecological Society meeting in December 2016. Thanks to all the many contributors. Hefin Jones (left) and Scott Johnson (right) pictured.

December 14, 2016

Thanks to the BES for choosing to host our thematic session 'Which little things will run the world? Invertebrates and global climate change'. The organisers, Scott Johnson (Western Sydney University), Hefin Jones (Cardiff University) and Will Hentley (University of Sh...

November 3, 2016

Thanks to ARC for awarding our grant to investigate how best to use silicon-based defences in grasses to augment protection from biotic and abiotic stress. A great opportunity for the research team: Scott Johnson, David Tissue and Sue Hartley.

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