Past members of the lab

Scroll down to see some of the things we've done in the past. Most of the links to people's individual pages are as they were when they left... we take no responsibility for any character judgements you may wish to make based on hairstyles and dress sense. All are listed in alphabetical order.

Warrick Angus

Angus Warrick

Research: Habitat use and feeding ecology of the redback spider, Latrodectus hasselti (Co-supervised with Dr Mike Gray, Australian Museum).
Position: Honours Student, 1998
Profile: Click here


De-anne Attard

De-anne Attard

Research: Delving beneath the surface: thermal ecology of a fossorial skink, Saiphos equalis.
Position: Honours Student, 2011


Georgina Barron

Georgina Barron

Research: Do invasive plants in degraded urban ecosystems facilitate ecological interactions?
Position: Honours Student, 2016
Email: gbar9282@uni.sydney.edu.au


Sarah Beaumont

Fran van den Berg

Research: Diversity, function and invasion in a revegetated urban landscape
Position: Honours Student, 2013


Francesca van den Berg

Fran van den Berg

Research: Thermal ecology of Flat Rock Spiders Morebilus plagusius
Position: PhD Candidate, 2015

Research: Hot and hungry: thermal biology of sit-and-wait predator in a thermally extreme/nutrient poor environment.
Position: Honours Student, 2009

Email: fvan5323@uni.sydney.edu.au
Links: Profile

Robert Blackburn

Rob Blackburn

Research: Ecosystem degradation along an urban-rural gradient: linking diversity to ecosystem processes.
Position: Honours student, 2009


Sean Blamires

Sean Blamires

Research: The ecological and physiological costs of orb weaving spider foraging.
Position: PhD Student, 2007


Beatrice Brennan

Beatrice Brennan

Research: Habitat use by the Major Pancake spider (Hemicloea major).
Position: Honours Student, 2002


Susan Burrows

Susan Burrows

Research: Dieback of Eucalyptus botryoides in urban forest remnants in the Sydney Basin.
Position: MSc (Env) Student, 1999


Tony Chen

Tony Chen

Position: Honours Student
Research: Heat island effects and insect-plant interactions: trophic dynamics in hot and cold trees in urban environments
Email: tche2370@uni.sydney.edu.au


Evelyn Chia

Evelyn Chia

Research: Habitat use by koalas in a restored landscape (Co-supervised with Prof Ian Hume).
Position: Honours Student, 2001


Fiona Christie

Fiona Christie

Research: Urban bushland remnants in the Sydney region: biodiversity in Australia's biggest backyard (Co-supervised with Dr Gerry Cassis, Australian Museum, funded by an ARC SPIRT grant).
Position: PhD Student, 2004
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Madeleine De Montfort

Madeleine De Montfort


Research: Surviving the urban matrix: can small-scale replanting promote insect pollinator communities?Position: Honours Student, 2016

Email: mdem4184@uni.sydney.edu.au


Suzanne Dobbie

Suzanne Dobbie

Research: Ecological communities as a unit of conservation.
Position: MSc (Env) Student, 1999
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Elisha Duxbury

Elisha Duxbury

Research: Ecosystem services provided by urban exploiters.
Position: Honours Student, 2014


Heloise Gibb

Heloise Gibb

Research: The role of small mammals in regulating trophic relationships in leaf litter assemblages.
Position: MSc Student, 2001

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Sue Giles

Sue Giles

Research: The role of small mammals in regulating trophic relationships in leaf litter assemblages.
Position: MSc Student, 2001

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Claire Goldsbrough

Research: The ecology of rock-dwelling fauna of the Hawkesbury sandstone (Co-supervised with Prof Rick Shine).
Position: Honours Student, 1998

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Kristin Graham

Kristin Graham

Research: Faunal responses to hard and soft edges in Eucalypt forests (Co-supervised with Dr Grant Blackwell).
Position: Honours Student, 2003


Teresa Gustowski

Teresa Gustowski

Research: Impacts of urbanisation on plant-insect interactions.
Position: Honours Student, 2015


Matthew Hall

Matthew Hall

Research: Does repairing habitat restore ecological function? Ants and seed dispersal in an endangered ecological community

Position: Honours Student, 2016

Email: mhal6601@uni.sydney.edu.au


Jayne Hanford

Jayne Hanford

Research: Biodiversity Banking Surrogates: are they effective?
Position: Honours Student, 2011


Lisa Harvey

Lisa Harvey

Research: Habitat use by the Powerful Owl (Ninox strenua) in urban ecosystems
Position: Honours Student, 2016
Email: lhar2495@uni.sydney.edu.au


Matilda Hughes

Matilda Hughes


Research: Behavioural traits and dominance hierarchies of ants in urban environments

Position: Honours Student 2015

Email: mhug7486@uni.sydney.edu.au


Ryan Keith

Ryan Keith

Research: Wrack and Ruin: Impacts of coastal development on trophic interactions at the land-sea interface
Position: Honours Student, 2012
Email: rkei4830@usyd.edu.au


Scott Lassau

Scott Lassau

Research: The influence of natural barriers, habitat complexity and spatial proximity on arthropod assemblages in the Sydney sandstone area (Co-supervised with Dr Gerry Cassis, Australian Museum, funded by an ARC SPIRT grant).
Position: MSc Student, 1999

Research: Effects of road edges on distribution and abundance of ground dwelling invertebrates and small mammals in Sydney, New South Wales
Position: PhD Student, 2005
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Margot Law

Margot Law

Research: Urbanisation and the Ecology of Arthropod Plant Interactions: The Role of Spatial Scale and Species Identity
Position: Honours Student, 2014


Ryan Leonard

Ryan Leonard

Research: Blowing in the wind; the influence of wind energy and dust accumulation on leaf traits and consequences for leaf palatability and insect herbivore performance.
Position: Honours Student, 2013
Email: rleo8987@uni.sydney.edu.au


Boris Lomov

Boris Lomov

Research: Does ecological restoration work? Bush regeneration in western Sydney (Co-supervised with Dr David Keith, NSW NPWS, funded by an ARC linkage grant).
Position: PhD Student, 2006
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Petah Low

Petah Low

Project: The ecology and behavior of eucalypt-feeding caterpillars in relation to avoiding attack from natural enemies

Position: PhD Candidate


Project: Direct and indirect effects of host plant quality on insect herbivores.

Position: Honours Student, 2011


Email: petah.low@sydney.edu.au
Links: Profile


Elizabeth Lowe

Elizabeth Lowe

Research: The effect of urbanization on the diversity, abundance and condition of spiders
Position: PhD Candidate, 2015

Email: elizabeth.lowe@sydney.edu.au
Links: Profile


Claire MacAlpine

Claire MacAlpine

Research: The effects of exotic plants on the distribution and prey capture of Australian crab spiders (Thomisidae)
Position: Honours Student, 2013
Email: cmac7410@sydney.edu.au


Miguel Matias

Miguel Matias

Research: Effects of structure of habitat on diversity of benthic assemblages.
Position: PhD Student, 2010


David McElroy

David McElroy

Research: Historical contingencies in marine eco-toxicology.
Position: PhD Student, 2015


Lauren McIntosh

Laruen McIntosh

Research: Nutrient enrichment in urban bushland fragments of Sydney: Effects on the native Angophora costata and the native environmental weed Pittosporum undulatum
Position: Honours Student, 2003


Fiona Powell

Fiona Powell

Research: Co-extinction on endangered plants: threatened acacias and their affiliate communities (Co-supervised with Dr Gerry Cassis, Australian Museum).
Position: PhD Student, 2011


Adele Reid

Adele Reid

Research: Effect of grazing and nutrient inputs on the grassland arthropod diversity and the implications for sustainability (Co-supervised with Dr Gerry Cassis, Australian Museum, funded by Meat and Livestock Australia).
Position: PhD Student, 2004

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Lachlan Robinson

Lachlan Robinson

Research: The effect of Asparagus aethiopicus on ant assemblages and seed removal in urban dry sclerophyll fragments.
Position: Honours Student, 2007


Tom Reader

Tom Reader

Research: Gregariousness in larval lepidopterans (Royal Society Banks-Alecto Fellow).
Position: Visiting Scholar, 2002


Brendan Ryan

Brendan Ryan

Research: The influence of roads on small mammal ecology in the north-west of Sydney (Co-supervised with Dr Chris Dickman).
Position: MSc (Env) Student, 1999

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James Schlunke

James Schlunke

Research: Ant assemblages and their environment
Position: PhD Candidate 2015 

Research: Responses of ant assemblages to revegetation 
Position: Honours student, 2008.

Email: james.schlunke@sydney.edu.au

Michelle Sutherland

Michelle Sutherland

Research: The nutritional and behavioural ecology of Doratifera casta and Mnesampela privata
Position: Honours Student, 1999
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Bonita Siu

Bonita Siu

Research: Nutrient turnover in urban ecosystems: linking belowground biodiversity and plant decomposition in degraded landscapes
Position: Honours Student, 2016

Email: bsiu7652@uni.sydney.edu.au


Celia Symonds

Celia Symonds

Research: Cospeciation of Plantbugs and Native Cypress Pines (Co-supervised with Dr Gerry Cassis, Australian Museum, partially funded by an NSF Planetary Biodiversity initiative grant).
Position: Honours Student, 2005


Nik Tartanic

Nik Tartanic

Research: Systematics and Sexual Selection in the Phylinae and Orthotylinae (Co-supervised with Dr Gerry Cassis, Australian Museum, funded by an NSF Planetary Biodiversity initiative grant).
Position: 2008


Luke Tilly

Luke Tilly

Research: Should I stay or should I go? Foraging strategies of orb weaving spiders.
Position: Honours Student, 2010


Jun Tong

Jun Tong

Research: The evolution of Australian burrowing cockroaches
Position: Honours Student, 2013


Scott van Barneveld

Scot van Barneveld

Research: Ecology behaviour and physiology of the highly invasive lizard
Position: PhD Student, 2011


Amelie Vanderstock

Amelie Vanderstock

Research: Determining the Effects of Coal Dust Pollution on Insect Pollinators and Herbivores
Position: Honours Student, 2016

Email: avan8374@uni.sydney.edu.au


Dan Watts

Daniel Watts

Research: The effect of artificial night lighting on the ecology of nocturnal insects
Position: Honours student, 2013
Email: dwat3626@uni.sydney.edu.au