Centre members

Centre members

  Member Research themes Research interests
Associate Professor Phil Taylor
Associate Professor Phil Taylor

Biology and management of tephritid fruit flies

  • Reproductive biology and ecological performance of tephritid fruit flies
  • Environmentally benign insect pest management practises, especially Sterile Insect Technique
Dr Shawkat Alam
International environmental law and trade related aspects of biosecurity law and policy
  • Market issues involving biosecurity and trade nexus
Associate Professor Andrew Barron
Behavioural systems such as colony function, memory, reinforcement and stress
  • Impact of stressors on bee colonies
  • Honey bee colony collapse
  • Honey bee neurobiology
Emeritus Professor Andrew J Beattie
Emeritus Professor Andrew J Beattie
Plant-insect interactions, insect-microbial interactions, the discovery and measurement of biodiversity
  • Economic importance of microbial and invertebrate biodiversity
Dr Linda Beaumont
Using models to explore shifts in the timing of species life cycles and distributions
  • Conservation in an era of rapid climate and environmental change
  • Understanding invasion of exotic species
  • Changes to bird migration timing
  • Improving the predictive power of species distribution models
Associate Professor Melanie Bishop
Investigating natural and human-mediated processes that control coastal biodiversity and its important ecosystem functions
  • Impacts of biological invasions on estuarine and coastal ecosystems
  • Impacts of disease on aquaculture and on biodiversity
  • Management of marine diseases and invasive pests
Dr Russell Connally
Novel instrumentation that is able to selectively capture phosphorescence for field analysis of target biological organisms
  • Novel lanthanide chelates and bioconjugates
  • Ultrasensitive instrumentation, handheld microcontroller based instruments
  • Mechatronics
Dr Rachael Dudaniec
How rapid and dynamic changes in the landscape and environment affect the persistence and adaptability of invasive and pest species
  • Using landscape genomic/genetic methods to inform conservation management
  • Using these methods to manage agricultural pests
  • Long-term impacts and molecular ecology of an invasive parasitic fly
Professor Michael Gillings
Exploration of genetic diversity and its use to detect, identify and track organisms
  • Genetic diversity of microorganisms
  • Molecular evolution
  • Molecular diagnostics of exotic plant diseases
  • Antibiotic resistance and discovery
Dr Alana Grech
Interdisciplinary research focused on informing environmental management through spatial information science and conservation planning
  • Spatial predictions of coastal and marine features
  • Cumulative impact and risk assessments in geographical information systems (GIS)
Associate Professor Simon Griffith
Evolutionary approaches to understanding how introduced birds become established and adapt to new environments and climates
  • Physiological adaptation to climate
  • Plasticity in reproductive behaviour and life-history
  • Interactions between introduced and native species
  • Genetics of invasive species
Professor Lesley Hughes
Ecological invesitagation of the impacts of climate change on species and ecosystems
  • Climate change invasive weeds and insect pests
  • Introduction of invasive species and the risks in relation to biosecurity
Dr David Inglis
Microfluidics and lab-on-a-chip rapid diagnostic devices using environmental samples/bodily fluids to detect dangerous micro-organisms
  • Microfabrication
  • Controlling particle paths in micro-scale fluid flow
  • Micro devices for biomolecular separation, concentration and detection of organisms including viruses, bacterian and parasites
Dr Ian Jamie
Atmospheric and environmental chemsitry of volatile organic chemicals
  • The emission, transport and transformation of chemicals in the environment
  • Identification of attractants for detection, monitoring and control of insect pests
Associate Professor Joanne Jamie
Bioorganic/medicinal chemistry of bioactive natural products and small molecular inhibitors for therapeutic use
  • Human medicinal enzymes and developing inhibitors
  • Indigenous community partnerships to discover bioactive compounds from traditional bush foods and medicines
  • Isolation and synthesis of fruit fly attractants
Associate Professor Dayong Jin
Nanoscale biophotonics exploring strategies to unlock the restraints of sensitivity and throughput issues for advanced cell imaging and molecular sensing
  • Early in vitro diagnostics
  • Rapid pathogen detection
  • Biomedical imaging
  • Luminescent molecular probes
Professor Michelle Leishman 
Professor Michelle Leishman
Plant ecological research examining plant and vegetation responses to climate change, invasive plants, plant conservation and restoration ecology
  • Understanding invasive plant success
  • Interactions between climate change and other threatening processes
  • Ecological impacts of Myrtle Rust
  • Development of restoration guidelines for vegetation
Dr Yiqing Lu
High-throughput methods and instrumentation for biological as well as photonic applications
  • Rapid screening of pathogens in environmental and clinical samples
  • Multiplexing methods towards high-throughput biomolecular profiling
  • Automation techniques
Dr Renata Morelli
Agricultural entomology, integrated pest management and plant health protection
  • Area-wide integrated pest management
  • Monitoring insect pests and risk mitigation of exotic species incursion
  • Plant health protection
  • Quarantine measures and procedures
Professor Helena Nevalainen
Filamentous fungi some of which are important plant pathogens and biological control agents to combat pathogens
  • Identify fungi using visual and molecular means (monitoring)
  • Develop strategies for combating pathogens (fungi) and their effects
  • Advance understanding the host-pathogen interactions at molecular level
Dr Soo Jean Park
Chemical ecology, synthetic chemistry and physical chemistry focusing on the development of attractants for tephritid fruit flies
  • Design and synthesis of attractants for the monitoring and management of insect pests
  • Investigation of the relationship between lure structure and activity
Dr Jeanneth PĂ©rez
Biosecurity applications of chemical ecology and behaviour of insects
  • Biological control using chemical ecology of insects
  • Development of pheromone-based lures for mass trapping, detection and monitoring invasions and outbreaks
Dr Michelle Power
Parasitology utilising symbiotic interactions as a tool for monitoring impacts in fragile environments and emerging disease risks that present a biosecurity threat
  • Host parasite interactions and emerging disease at the human: domestic animal: wildlife boundary
  • Drivers of emerging disease
  • Molecular diagnostics for parasitic disease
Professor David Raftos
Disease in aquaculture industries, particularly oyster farming
  • Mechanisms of disease resistance in oysters
  • How environmental and ecological factors alter the virulence of endemic and introduced diseases
  • The discovery of novel disease-causing pathogens in oysters
Dr Ram Ranjan
Resource economics of the management of natural resources threatened by endogenous and exogenous risks from invasive species
  • Management of natural resources threatened by invasive species invasion
  • Bio-economic models
  • Pest invasion
Dr Anwar Sunna
Capture/concentration and molecular techniques for rapid detection of environmental pathogens
  • Pathogen capture and detection
  • Smart binding peptides, protein/enzyme immobilisation
  • Biofunctionalisation of nanomaterials
  • Gene prospecting and application of industrially-relevant enzymes
  • Cell-free synthetic biology
Mr George Tomossy

Impact of naturally and artificially occurring biological agents on public health and the environment

  • Biosecurity law and policy
  • Capacity building for trade, environment and development of nations
  • Challenges posed to international health governance and national legal systems
Associate Professor Karen Vickery
How bacterial biofilms impact human health and promote transmission of infection particularly within healthcare settings
  • Bacterial biofilms
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