I am a crop scientist with a keen interest in the production of healthy food while addressing issues of sustainability and a changing climate.
My research aims at identifying traits in crops that are more resilient to environmental stresses such as drought and heat and make better use of resources including water and nutrients (e.g. nitrogen and CO2).
My research interest also includes unravelling the mechanisms underpinning grain quality, particularly nitrogen uptake and nitrogen translocation into the grain.
I apply agronomic, physiological, biochemical and molecular tools on crops grown in the field and in controlled environments.
Crop ecophysiology (photosynthesis, nitrogen, water)
Free Air CO2 Enrichment (FACE)
Abiotic stresses (drought, heat)
2016: Teaching Certificate, University of Melbourne, Australia
2008: PhD, University of Graz, Austria
2003: MSci, University of Graz, Austria
2019 continuing: Senior Lecturer - Agriculture, CQUniversity, Australia
2017-2018: Lecturer in Plant Responses to Environmental Change, Univeristy of Birmingham, UK
2012-2017: William Farrer Lecturer in Agronomy, University of Melbourne, Australia
2009-2012: Research Fellow in Crop Physiology, University of Melbourne, Australia
Member of the Expert Working Group "Nutrient Use Efficiency in Wheat", Wheat Initiative
I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:
At the level of Principal Supervisor