Research Fellows

The Institute's research fellows are early career researchers who are successful in their chosen scientific field, and are well regarded by their supervisors and colleagues.

 

Dr Bruna Batista is a Research Fellow within the Institute. Her current research is working on a CRDC project under the supervision of Prof. Brajesh Singh. The project aims to develop biological-based products for improved cotton production within the Soil Biology and Genomics theme.
Bruna Batista
Dr Sachin Chavan is a Research Fellow in the Institute. He is currently working on the project entitled ‘Research and operations to trial innovation glass and photovoltaic technologies in protected cropping’ with Distinguished Prof David Tissue within the Plants, Animals and Interactions theme.
Sachin Chavan
Dr Lily Chen is a Research Fellow in the Institute. Her research relates to understanding the role C4 sensors and whether changing sensing can improve crop productivity with A/Prof Oula Ghannoum within the Plants, Animals and Interactions theme.
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Dr Eleonora Egidi is a soil microbial ecologist and an ARC DECRA Fellow (2021-2023). Her research focuses on investigating microbial biogeography, plant-soil-microbe interactions, and the mechanism underpinning microbial responses to environmental stressors within the Soil Biology and Genomics theme.
Eleonora Edigi
Dr Manuel Esperon is a Research Support Program Fellow. His research centres on the Urban Transformation and Climate Change within the Ecosystem Function & Integration theme.
Manuel Esperon Rodriguez
Dr Jon Finch is a Research Fellow within the Institute. His current interests lie in studying fly pollination within the Plants, Animals and Interactions theme.
Jonathan Finch
Doctor Amy-Marie Gilpin is a Research Support Program Fellow. Her research centres on Bushfire & Pollination within the Ecosystem Function and Integration research theme.
Amy Gilpin
Dr Christopher Gordon is a Research Fellow in the Institute. His research will concentrate on using remote sensing products and statistical techniques to determine how drought impacts wildfire occurrence and activity in wet forest types (e.g. rainforests) of eastern Australia within the Ecosystem Function & Integration research theme.
Chris Gordon
Dr Anne Griebel is a Research Fellow in the Institute. Her research is broadly interested in understanding the underlying processes that determine ecosystem properties and functioning, but also in assessing how ecosystems are affected by disturbances, management practices and changes in our climate, within the Ecosystem Function & Integration research theme.
Anne Griebel
Dr Mark Hall is a Research Support Program Fellow. His research centres on Protected Cropping and Stingless Bees within the Plants, Animals and Interactions theme.
Mark Hall
Dr Juergen Knauer is a Research Fellow within the Institute. His research focuses on vegetation modelling and model-data integration of ecophysiological processes and their responses to climate change. He is currently working on modelling Australian vegetation dynamics within Professor Belinda Medlyn’s ARC Laureate fellowship project within the Ecosystem Function and Integration research theme.
Juergen Knauer
Dr Hongwei Liu is a Research Fellow in the Institute. He is currently involved in a multi-disciplinary project 'Supporting Healthy Bees and Healthy Crops' that is aimed to better understand and protect Australian bees within the Soil Biology & Genomics research theme.
Dr Hongwei Liu
Dr James Makinson is a Research Fellow in the Institute. He is currently studying stingless bee biology and pollination services within the Plants, Animals and Interactions theme.
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Dr Jennifer Morrow is a Research Fellow within the Institute. She has a particular interest in pest insects and in applying molecular biology tools to understand their biology and ecology and ultimately improve pest management strategies.within the Plants, Animals and Interactions theme.
Jen Morrow
Dr Renée Marchin Prokopaviciusis a Research Fellow in the Institute. She currently works with Professor David Ellsworth on the Which Plant Where? project, researching how to create urban green spaces that are resilient to future heat waves and drought within the Ecosystem Function and Integration research theme.
Renee Marchin Prokopavicius
Dr Demi Sargent is a Research Fellow in the Institute. Her research aims to determine whether superior photosynthetic traits can be transferred to commercial cotton cultivars to improve cotton’s productivity and abiotic stress resilience under increasingly challenging climates within the Plants, Animals and Interactions theme.
Demi Sargent
Dr Eleanor Stalenberg is a Research Fellow in the Institute. Her research aims to understand the factors that drive the distribution and survival of mammalian folivores, with a particular focus on nutrition, physiology and biophysical modelling within the Plants, Animals and Interactions theme.
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Dr Clare Stephens is a Research Fellow within the Institute. Her current research involves working with Distinguished Professor Belinda Medlyn on her ARC Laureate Fellowship project ‘A unified dynamic vegetation model for Australia’ within the Ecosystem Function & Integration theme.
Clare Stephens
Dr Jun-Tao Wang is a Research Support Program Fellow. His research centres on Bushfire Research: Soil Biodiversity within the Soil Biology & Genomics theme.
Juntao Wang
Dr Jinyan (Jim) Yang is a Research Fellow within the Institute. He is an ecological modeller with broad interests on plant community and ecophysiological processes as well as their responses to climate change. His current research investigates the modelling of the responses of Australian grassland phenology to rainfall variability within the Ecosystem Function and Integration Theme.
Jim Yang
Dr Haiyang Zhang is a Research Fellow in the Institute. He is currently working on the PACE project, targeting plant symbiotic association. PACE aims to examine how will predicted climate scenarios affect the productivity, quality, and resilience of pasture systems in coming decades within the Soil Biology & Genomics research theme.
Haiyang Zhang