Completed a BSc Hons in Entomology at Rhodes University, South Africa in 1994; joined the research staff of the Weeds Division, Plant Protection Research Institute in South Africa, investigating the biocontrol options using natural enemies on several target species including Lantana camara. Completed a PhD at Rhodes University with Prof. Pat Hulley and Prof. Martin Hill. After several postdoctoral fellowships at UCD I joined the academic staff in 2008. My research interests are quite broad but mostly related to invertebrate ecology. I am particularly interested in invasion biology and how best to manage alien invasive species in natural aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. My interests also lie in using alternative methods to control economic and environmental pests, specialising in classical biological control. My interest also lies in aquatic inveretbrate ecology spanning several taxonomic groups. My lectures are largely based on ecology, invasion biology, pest control, and field sampling and monitoring techniques.
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