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 Collin Ahrens is a Research Fellow within the Institute. His current interests lie in understanding the capacity of species in natural populations to respond to changing environmental conditions within the Plants, Animals and Interactions theme.
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Dr Mike Aspinwall is a Research Fellow in the Institute. His research centres on leaf-level carbon dynamics, biochemistry, and water relations, and he is interested in forest genetics, gene expression – physiology linkages within the Ecosystem Function and Integration research theme.
Mike Aspinwall
Dr Chris Blackman is a Research Fellow within the Institute. His research in plant eco-physiology aims to better understand the coordination between water transport and carbon dynamics in plants, both under optimal conditions and in response to environmental stress, especially drought within the Plants, Animals and Interactions theme.
Chris Blackman
Dr Michaela Blyton is a Research Fellow in the Institute. Her research is focused on how the Koala's gastrointestinal microbiome influences diet selection and nutrition within the Plants, Animals and Interactions theme.
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Court Campany is a Research Fellow in the Institute. He is currently part of a team evaluating the new Australian standard for assessing tree stock in production nurseries within the Ecosystem Function and Integration research theme.
Court Campany
Dr Kristine Crous is a Research Fellow in the Institute. She is a ARC Discovery Early Career Award (DECRA) recipient investigating how rainforest species will cope with climate warming within the Ecosystem Function and Integration research theme.
Kristine Crous
Dr Suzanne Donn is a Research Fellow in the Institute. Her research aims to identify plant and fungal traits that predict how mycorrhizal plants benefit in the presence of environmental stressors such as drought and pathogen infection within the Soil Biology & Genomics research theme
Suzanne Donn
Dr John Drake is a Research Fellow in the Institute. His research centres on biogeochemisty and ecophysiology, and he is interested in the interactions between soil nutrient cycling and plant physiological responses to climate change within the Ecosystem Function and Integration research theme.
Dr John Drake
Ms 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 Soil Biology and Genomics research theme.
Anne Griebel
Dr Kelly Hamonts is a Research Fellow in the Institute. Her research centres on Sugar Research Australia grant entitled "A novel polyphasic framework to resolve Yellow Canopy Syndrome paradox", within the Soil Biology and Genomics theme.
Kelly Hamonts
Dr Clémence Henry is a Research Fellow working on a project funded by the 'ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis' together with Dr Oula Ghannoum within the Plants, Animals and Interactions research theme.
Clem Henry
Dr Sebastian Horn is a Research Fellow in the Institute. His research is linked to the Australian Research Council (ARC) grant of Dr Uffe Nielsen, 'The legacy of rainfall patterns in dryland ecosystems', within the Soil Biology and Genomics theme.
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Dr Sara Hortal Botifoll is a Research Fellow in the institute. Her research interests centre on the ecology of soil microorganisms, particularly ectomycorrhizal fungi which live in symbiotic association with plants, within the Soil Biology and Genomics research theme.
Dr Sara Hortal Botifoll
Dr Thomas Jeffries is a microbial ecologist with a wide range of expertise in molecular microbiology, bioinformatics and microbial biogeography. His current work will focus on a CRC-CARE funded project to apply next-generation 'omics' tools and a systems-biology approach to understand the microbial bioremediation of organophosphorus and aromatic hydrocarbon contaminants within the Soil Biology and Genomics theme.
Tom Jeffries
Dr Mingkai Jiang is a Research Fellow within the Institute. His research interests are concerned with the assessment of multi-factorial impacts to plant ecophysiology and the associated ecosystem services in a changing world within the Ecosystem Function and Integration research theme.
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Dr Kashif Mahmud is a Research Fellow in the Institute. His research centres on an ARC Discovery grant ‘Modelling Optimal Plant Behaviour, or Do Plants Hedge Their Bets?’ within the Ecosystem Function and Integration research theme.
Kashif Mahmud
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 Loïc Nazaries is a Research Fellow in the Institute. His research interests centre within the Soil Biology & Genomics research theme.
Loic Nazaries
Dr Markus Nolf is a Research Fellow in the Institute. His research focus lies in the water transport system of terrestrial plants and its vulnerability to environmental stresses such as drought or freezing within the Plants, Animals and Interactions theme.
Markus Nolf
Dr Krista Plett is a Research Fellow in the institute. Her research focuses on the molecular and genetic basis for the establishment of symbiosis between plant roots and beneficial soil borne microbes, such as ectomycorrhizal fungi, within the Soil Biology and Genomics research theme.
Krista Plett
Dr Shannon Smith is a Research Fellow within the Institute. Her research relates to the exploration of insect, microbe and host-tree interactions among the economically important wood boring ambrosia beetles within the Plants, Animals and Interactions theme
Shannon Smith
Dr Alex Watson-Lazowski is a Research Fellow working on a project funded by the 'ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis' together with Dr Oula Ghannoum within the Plants, Animals and Interactions research theme.
Alex Watson Lazowski
Dr Agnieszka Wujeska-Klause is a Research Fellow in the Institute. Her research is linked to a project investigating photosynthetic responses of Eucalyptus tereticornis trees under elevated CO2 within the Ecosystem Function and Integration theme.
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Recent Successes

Research Excellence

Outstanding ERA3 Results for HIE

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) gauges research quality at Australian universities.

Excellence In Research Australia Rankings 2012 (ERA2)

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