I lead the Big Ecology Lab, in the Evolution & Ecology Research Centre in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences. My primary research goal is to quantify the ecological strategies employed by plant species in different environments, and to better understand the selective processes underlying global patterns in ecological strategy.
I am also Director of the Evolution & Ecology Research Centre.
2021: Royal Society of New South Wales Poggendorff Lectureship.
2021: Nancy Millis Medal for Women in Science (from the Australian Academy of Science)
2020: UNSW Sydney Outstanding Research Supervisor Award (from the Arc Postgraduate Council)
2018: Australian Ecology Research Award (awarded by the Ecological Society of Australia)
2017: Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence - for contributions to student learning
2017: Shortlisted for the AFR Emerging Leader Award
2017: Became a fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales
2014: Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence - Postgraduate Research Supervision
2012: NSW science and engineering award for Excellence in Biological Sciences (Plant, Agriculture and Environment)
2011: Australian Museum Eureka Award for Outstanding Young Researcher
2011: Included in The (Sydney) Magazine list of the 100 most influential people in NSW
2010: Edgeworth David Medal, Royal Society of New South Wales (awarded to a scientist under the age of 35 for work contributing to the advancement of Australian science)
2009: JG Russell Award (awarded to one QEII fellow each year by the Australian Academy of Science)
2008: NSW Tall Poppy Award (awarded by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science for outstanding scientific research and communication)