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.
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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 Fellow within the Institute. He is working on the project 'Which Plant Where' which is funded by the Hort Frontiers Green Cities Fund. The project will find out where current favourites are unlikely to thrive under the more extreme climates that Australian cities face, learn from past successes, and stress-test major landscape species to find opportunities for new species and varieties to be planted within the Plants, Animals and Interactions 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 Fellow within the Institute. She is an ecologist with research interests in pollination ecology, global change biology, behavioural and invasion ecology and agroecology within the Ecosystem Function and Integration research theme.
Amy Gilpin
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 Fellow within the Institute. He is a landscape and community ecologist with research interests in pollination ecology, global change biology, behavioural ecology and agroecology. His current work involves examining the behavior and pollination efficiency of stingless bees in the production of glasshouse vegetables within the Plants, Animals and Interactions theme.
Mark Hall
Dr Mingkai Jiang is a lecturer and a DECRA Fellow. He studies the interaction of carbon and nutrient cycles in terrestrial ecosystems under climate change. He is part of the Ecosystem Function and Integration research theme
Mingkai Jiang
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 Rachael Nolan is a Research Fellow within the Institute. Her research is focused on developing models of forest flammability due to dynamics in fuel loads and moisture content, and quantifying fire effects on carbon storage and sequestration in forests and woodlands within the Ecosystem Function and Integration theme.
Rachael Nolan
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 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 Jun-Tao Wang is a Research Fellow within the Institute. He is currently working on a CRDC project which aims to develop biological based products to improve cotton productions and predict soil health within the Soil Biology & Genomics theme.
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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