I’m an ecologist and entomologist with a keen interest in complex systems, urban environments, community science, and science communication. I’m passionate about nature photography, science fiction, gardening, bushwalking, and sailing. I’m a dad of a little monster and have the good fortune to be married to my favourite person in the world.
I’m fascinated by insects because I believe that, whether as individuals or aggregated into super-organisms, they are interesting, valuable and aesthetically pleasing life forms. I’m particularly impressed by their functional and phylogenetic diversity, and by the diverse array of ecological interactions by which the are linked with other living beings.
I truly enjoy discovering and learning from nature through photography! I’m convinced that capturing aesthetically pleasing images of living beings is one of the best ways to bring art and science together. Since 2008, I’ve been posting photos to my flick photostream.
I’m a researcher in the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences at the University of Melbourne. I’m currently working on a range of projects seeking to provide evidence of the (1) ecological and community engagement benefits of urban greening actions, (2) social and ecological benefits of wildlife gardening, (3) contributions of community science projects, from local urban biodiversity blitzes to global initiatives such as the City Nature Challenge.
I conducted my PhD research — Heteroptera ecology, biodiversity and conservation — in the Department of Animal Biology at the University of Barcelona, which included six months in Australia collaborating in the Australian Research Council Linkage Project Ecosystems services from large urban green spaces. During this time, I enjoyed the hospitality of Dr Amy Hahs at the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology (ARCUE).
I’m a general council member of the Entomological Society of Victoria.