I have diverse and varied interests in ecology.
In terms of taxa, I have worked on plants (rainforest dynamics, weeds, threatened plants, and sustainable development of plant industries in primary production), insects (grasshoppers, fruit flies, beetles, cicadas) and microorganisms (with respect to insect-plant interactions). I have also worked on direct anthropogenic impacts on natural resources (fuelwood removal and its implications, ecological effects of human induced noise). I have worked on tropical, temperate and arid zone systems. In addition to a research background in ecology, I also possess quantitative skills in biostatistics and ecological modeling.
Broad research themes that fascinate me (at present) include,
- Insect-plant interactions
- Invasion biology & invasive species management
- Theory and practice of biological control
- Chemical mediation of insect behaviour and insect-plant interactions
- Ecological risk assessment
- Sustainable agriculture
- Numerical ecology
- Development of theory for applied ecology, and
- Science education and communication
Herbivory has been the predominant context within which I have explored the above themes.