I am particularly curious as to how differences between species shape competition and coexistence, and how these relationships upscale to structure communities and their associated ecosystem functions. My empirical research focuses on separate ant communities in subtropical Asia, including a landscape invaded by the Red Imported Fire Ant (Solenopsis invicta) and a mangrove ant community. In these unconventional model systems, I am applying trait-based approaches and developing original experiments to explore the causes and consequences of competition between species. Details will be provided as I complete the work – but if you would like to find out more at this stage, do get in touch.
Before starting my postgraduate research, I investigated phylogeography and ecology in an Australian funnel-web spider model (2013-2015), and later worked on the taxonomy, ecology and natural history of ants (2015-2017). To read summaries of the various projects, please click on the images below. Relevant publications are also listed here.