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I am a chemical ecologist/natural products chemist and throughout my career have worked exploring the chemistry of natural systems. From the marine environment of the Southern Ocean to the rainforests of New Guinea, chemistry abounds. My work has, seen drug candidates identified from blue-green algae developed for the treatment of cancer, explored the traditional use of fungi by indigenous communities in Papua New Guinea where we looked for new antibiotics and, studied the role volatile chemicals play in attracting pollinators. Currently I am involved in studying the role dung beetles play in the delivery of ecosystem services to livestock producers, cycling waste material to become a valuable agricultural input. Work is varied and involves examining the volatile molecules in dung that attracts beetles, devising monitoring programs to assess diversity and abundance and working with stakeholders to deliver outreach and extension so they can acquire knowledge and adopt management practices that encourage dung beetles in grazing ecosystems.

As a passionate science communicator, I have co-authored the popular textbook, Chemistry in the Marketplace, published widely and delivered lectures and workshops throughout Australia and around the world, speaking on six of the seven continents.


Research Interests

  • chemical ecology
  • natural product chemistry
  • carbon in grazing ecosystems
  • ecosystem services provided by dung beetles
  • ethnomycology

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Education, MPET, Open and distance education, Deakin University

Award Date: 30 Nov 1999

Organic Chemistry, PhD, Natural products chemistry from southern Australian marine organisms, The University of Melbourne

Award Date: 20 Sept 1995

Organic Chemistry, BSc(Hons), Novel secondary metabolites from the brown alga, Notheia anomala, The University of Melbourne

Award Date: 06 Dec 1989


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