I am a behavioural ecologist with a passion for natural history and the hidden wonders of our world. My research covers a range of questions such as how praying mantises deceive other animals with elaborate and colourful dispays; how ants shape ecosystems by dispersing plant seeds and stick insect eggs, and how citizen scientists can help study animal behaviour across Australia. A full list of my scientific publications can be found here and a more detailed academic CV is available here if you’re into that kinda thing.
I completed my PhD at Macquarie University in Sydney, and have completed postdoctoral fellowships at the National University of Singapore and the University of New England in Armidale. I am currently coordinating the Tiny Gardeners Project, a nationwide citizen science project uncovering how ants are planting seeds across Australia. Schools and community groups that take part are provided with free materials and lesson plans to conduct an experiment in their school grounds, to find out more and get involved visit the Tiny Gardeners Project website.