Our people

Our people

Centre structure

Research Contexts:
  • Aquatic
  • Terrestrial
Research Themes (cross-context): 
  • Pests and Pathogens
  • Global Change
  • Society and Policy

Prof Phil Taylor
Centre Director

Biological Sciences

Biology and management of tephritid fruit flies
Contact and find Phil at MQ

Prof Michael Gillings
Deputy Director

Biological Sciences

Exploration of genetic diversity and its use to detect, identify and track organisms
Contact and find Michael at MQ

Prof David Raftos
Head Aquatic Research Context

Biological Sciences

Disease in aquaculture industries, particularly oyster farming
Contact and find David at MQ

Prof Michelle Leishman
Head Terrestrial Research Context

Biological Sciences

Plant and vegetation responses to climate change, invasive plants, plant conservation and restoration ecology
Contact and find Michelle at MQ

A/Prof Anwar Sunna
Pests and Pathogens Theme Head

Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences

Capture/concentration and molecular techniques for rapid detection of environmental pathogens
Contact and find Anwar at MQ

A/Prof Melanie Bishop
Global Change Theme Head

Biological Sciences

Natural and human-mediated processes that control coastal biodiversity and its important ecosystem functions
Contact and find Melanie at MQ

Prof Shawkat Alam
Society and Policy Theme Head

Macquarie Law School

International environmental law and trade related aspects of biosecurity law and policy
Contact and find Shawkat at MQ

Dr Marianne Peso
Centre Administrator/ Postdoctoral Researcher

Biological Sciences

Insect biosecurity and behaviour
Contact and find Marianne at MQ

Academic Staff

Associate Professor Andrew Barron

Honey bee colony function, memory, reinforcement and stress
Emeritus Professor Andrew J Beattie

Emeritus Professor Andrew J Beattie

Plant-insect interactions, insect-microbial interactions, the discovery and measurement of biodiversity

Dr Linda Beaumont

Using models to explore shifts in the timing of species life cycles and distributions

Dr Russell Connally

Novel instrumentation that is able to selectively capture phosphorescence for field analysis of target biological organisms

Dr Rachael Dudaniec

How rapid and dynamic changes in the landscape and environment affect the persistence and adaptability of invasive and pest species

Dr Alana Grech

Interdisciplinary research focused on informing environmental management through spatial information science and conservation planning

Associate Professor Simon Griffith

Evolutionary approaches to understanding how introduced birds become established and adapt to new environments and climates

Professor Lesley Hughes

Ecological invesitagation of the impacts of climate change on species and ecosystems

Dr David Inglis

Microfluidics and lab-on-a-chip rapid diagnostic devices using environmental samples/bodily fluids to detect dangerous micro-organisms

Dr Ian Jamie

Atmospheric and environmental chemsitry of volatile organic chemicals

Associate Professor Joanne Jamie

Bioorganic/medicinal chemistry of bioactive natural products and small molecular inhibitors for therapeutic use

Associate Professor Dayong Jin

Nanoscale biophotonics exploring strategies to unlock the restraints of sensitivity and throughput issues for advanced cell imaging and molecular sensing

Dr Yiqing Lu

High-throughput methods and instrumentation for biological as well as photonic applications

Professor Helena Nevalainen

Filamentous fungi some of which are important plant pathogens and biological control agents to combat pathogens

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

Dr Ram Ranjan

Resource economics of the management of natural resources threatened by endogenous and exogenous risks from invasive species

Dr Anwar Sunna

Capture/concentration and molecular techniques for rapid detection of environmental pathogens

Mr George Tomossy

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


Associate Professor Karen Vickery

How bacterial biofilms impact human health and promote transmission of infection particularly within healthcare settings

Postdoctoral Researchers


Dr Soo Jean Park

Chemical ecology, synthetic chemistry and physical chemistry focusing on the development of attractants for tephritid fruit flies


Dr Jeanneth PĂ©rez

Biosecurity applications of chemical ecology and behaviour of insects

Dr Fleur Ponton 

Larval nutrition of Queensland fruit flies, with a focus on establishing the role of specific micro and macronutrients in development and the role of gut symbionts

Dr Polychronis 'Chronis' Rempoulakis

Insect reproductive behaviour and nutrition in the context of pest species management
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