Primary research interest

  • Ecology of insect-plant interactions; professional development for Queensland senior biology teachers

Researcher biography

I teach:

  • BIOL1030 Biodiversity and the Environment
  • BIOL2010 Ecology (Coordinator)
  • BIOL2910 Advanced Ecology (Coordinator)
  • BIOL2204 Zoology
  • BIOL2904 Advanced Zoology
  • QBIO7007 Introduction to Big Data Biological Research

I guest-teach:

  • EDUC3251 Senior Biology
  • EDUC4631 Biology: Curriculum Studies
  • EDUC7631 Biology: Curriculum Studies

I am interested in how we optimise student learning, performance, and assessment, in undergraduate biology courses. I champion for biology in a key Faculty of Science initiative supporting Queensland senior teachers, science technicians, and teacher librarians through multi-modal Teacher Continuing Professional Development workshops to address the new suite of science and mathematics syllabuses. Specifically for biology, I develop and deliver content and pedagogy focussed on basic data analysis and interpretation, scientific literacy and writing, theoretical and applied ecology, evolution, and introductory genetics. I serve as the School of Biological Sciences' engagement lead with high schools in Queensland and key international university partners, and this includes outreach, recruitment, and science communication.

I completed my PhD and still dabble in research involving insect-plant interactions: understanding the intricate relationships between crop plants and their insect pests enable us to employ pest management strategies that ultimately reduce our reliance on insecticides. This research is typically undertaken using behavioural ecology and chemical ecology approaches.

I also hold an adjunct appointment with UCSI University, Malaysia.

Areas of research