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.
Collin Ahrens
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.
Michaela Blyton
Dr Laura Brettell is a Research Fellow within the Institute. She is a disease ecologist interested in understanding disease emergence and evolution in an ecological setting, with a particular interest in viruses which infect members of pollinator communities. She is working on a project looking at sustainable pollination in horticulture within the Plants, Animals and Interactions theme.
Laura Brettell
Scahin 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 Prof David Tissue within the Plants, Animals and Interactions theme.
Sachin Chavan
Dr Amy Churchill is a Research Fellow within the Institute. She is a plant ecologist interested in research at the interface of plant community and ecosystem ecology and how plants can affect ecosystem scale processes in response to global change factors. Her current research investigates the responses of pasture plant species of eastern Australia under manipulations of combined extreme temperature and drought through the PACE project within the Ecosystem Function and Integration Theme.
Amy Churchill
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 Eleonora Egidi is a research fellow within the Institute. She works with Prof Brajesh Singh on a CRC-CARE funded project looking at the role of plants and their associated microbial communities during the bioremediation of PHAs-contaminated soils within the Soil Biology and Genomics theme.
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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
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
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 Casey Hall is a Research Fellow within the Institute. She works with Dr Scott Johnson on an ARC funded project looking at how elevated CO2 alters silicon and carbon based defences in grass and the effect of these changes on herbivorous insects within the Plants, Animals and Interactions theme.
Casey Hall
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.
Sebastian Horn
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.
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 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 Catarina Martins is a Research Fellow in the Institute. She is currently working on a Discovery project funded by the ARC under the supervision of Prof Brajesh Singh, and in collaboration with Prof Peter Reich and Dr Manuel Delgado Baquerizo. The project aims to investigate how microbial and plant diversity interact to regulate ecosystems multifunctionality within the Soil Biology and Genomics theme.
Catarina Martins
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 Nam Jin Noh is a Research Fellow in the Institute. His research interests lie in understanding the ecological responses related to carbon and nitrogen cycles to climate changes and ecosystem managements. His current research focuses on improving predictive understanding of temperature sensitivity of soil respiration and its components in Australian temperate forests within the Soil Biology and Genomics theme.
Nam Jin Noh
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 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 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 Zhiguang (Galaxy) Qiu is a Research Fellow in the Institute. He is currently involved in a SRA project ‘A Novel Polyphasic Framework to resolve Yellow Canopy Syndrome Paradox’ investigating ‘yellow cane syndrome’ (YCS) on sugarcane, evaluating the effect of interactions between resident microbiome(s) and YCS on soil health and manipulating this information for YCS management.
Galaxy Qiu
Dr Simon Tierney is a Research Fellow within the Institute. He is an evolutionary ecologist interested in animal behaviour and ecological interactions and is currently involved in a multi-disciplinary project aimed at understanding and safeguarding the pollination services provided by Australian bees within the Plant, Animals and Interactions theme.
Simon Tierney
Dr Rebecca Vandegeer is a Research Fellow within the Institute. She is currently working with Dr Scott Johnson and others on the ARC Discovery project: 'Down to earth defence: unlocking silicon-derived defences for plant protection'. This project will investigate the role of silicon uptake in the resistance of grasses to drought and insect herbivory, and how these relate to changes in plant physiology and biochemistry within the Plants, Animals and Interactions theme.
Rebecca Vandegeer
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.
Agnieszka Wujeska Klause
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

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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