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 Samantha Andres is a Research Fellow in the Institute. She is currently investigating the utility of drone-facilitated restoration strategies to restore biodiversity within the Ecosystem Function & Integration research theme.
Samantha Andres
Dr Travis Britton is a Research Fellow in the Institute. He is currently part of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Plant Success in Nature and Agriculture, working with Distinguished Professor Ian Wright. He is currently researching adaptation to water and heat stress in Eucalyptus, as part of a larger project in the CoE within the Plants, Animals and Interactions theme.
Dr Travis Britton
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 Jamil Chowdhury is a Research Fellow in the Institute. He is investigating pine root microbiomes, specifically how their diversity is altered by different fertilizer and fungicide application practices in nurseries across Australia within the Soil Biology & Genomics research theme.
Jamil Chowdhury
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 Assaf Inbar is a Research Fellow in the Institute. His currently working with Professor Belinda Medlyn on her Laureate project aimed to develop a community Dynamic Vegetation Model for Australia within the Ecosystem Function & Integration research theme.
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Dr Vin Jacob is a Research Fellow in the Institute. He is currently part of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Plant Success in Nature and Agriculture, working with Distinguished Professor Ian Wright. His research is aimed at better understanding physiological adaptations to heat and water stress in target clades of Australian Andropogoneae grasses with a primary focus on water relations and gas exchange within the Plants, Animals and Interactions theme.
Dr Vinod Jacob
Dr Alihan Katlav is a Research Fellow in the Institute. He currently is a member of a team led by Prof. Markus Riegler working on a Hort Innovation funded project entitled, 'Entomopathogenic nematodes as biological control agents of important honey bee pests in Australia' within the Plants, Animals and Interactions theme.
Alihan Katlav
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 Tess McBride is a Research Fellow in the Institute. She is researching the role of small secreted proteins in the host range of ectomycorrhizal fungi within the Soil Biology & Genomics research theme.
Tess McBride
Dr Kazi Mehnaz is a Research Fellow in the Institute. She is currently working on an ARC Discovery Project entitled 'Feast or famine: how Australian plants stay productive under low phosphorus' with Professor David Ellsworth within the Ecosystem Function & Integration research theme.
Dr Kazi Mehnaz
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 Emma Sumner is a Research Fellow in the Institute. She is working within the ARC Centre of Excellence for Plant Success in Nature and Agriculture. Emma is working with Distinguished Professor Ian Wright on adaptations to heat and water stress in Andropogoneae grasses within the Plants, Animals and Interactions theme.
Dr Emma Sumner
Dr Laura Williams is a Research Fellow in the Institute. She is currently working with Distinguished Professor Belinda Medlyn on developing DAVE – a dynamic vegetation model for Australia within the Ecosystem Function & Integration research theme.
Laura Williams
Dr Nicholas Wu is a Research Fellow within the Institute. His current research is an ARC Linkage project under the supervision of Dr Christopher Turbill and A/Professor Justin Welbergen. The project aims to develop predictive models of vulnerability to white-nose syndrome (WNS) for populations of Australian bats by gaining critical information about their risk of exposure and sensitivity to mortality from developing WNS within the Plants, Animals and Interactions theme.
Doctor Nicholas Wu
Dr Zhen-Zhen Yan is a Research Fellow within the Institute. Her current research relates to soil biodiversity and ecosystem functions under the supervision of Professor Brajesh Singh within the Soil Biology and Genomics theme.
Zhen-Zhen Yan
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