I’m a mathematically trained ecologist working broadly across several different fields, including population and community ecology, theoretical ecology, species distribution modelling, biosecurity and statistics. My main interest is linking ecological theory with real-world data to build predictive ecological models. My current work focuses on organism sizes and functional traits in models of ecological communities, which extends community ecology to encompass organism-level variation and the function of ecological communities. The main goal of this work is to develop ecological models that can be used for novel environmental conditions and that are transferable among biogeographic regions.
I’m currently a McKenzie Fellow working with Peter Vesk in the Quantitative & Applied Ecology Group at The University of Melbourne. I completed my PhD at Monash University in 2016, working with ecologists Ralph Mac Nally and Jim Thomson, physicist David Paganin and bioinformatician Jonathan Keith.