I'm an environmental microbiologist, passionate about sustainability in the mining and agriculture sectors.My strengths are in understanding and harnessing microbial processes for improved productivity and sustainability, and in translating research to real-world scale.
I completed my PhD at The University of Queensland in rumen microbiology in 2010, before undertaking postdoctoral research at the University of Regensburg, Germany, investigating subsurface archaea (2010-2012).
Since 2013 my research at The University of Queensland has been in geomicrobiology, focusing on harnessing microbiological processes for the re-formation of surface crusts at iron ore mine sites. That research culminated in a pilot-scale demonstration for industry, on site in Brazil (2016-2018)!
Since 2018 I have been leading research to understand the microbiological processes that underpin soil formation from coal mine spoils, in order to overcome topsoil deficits during rehabilitation.
I also work collaboratively on a number of projects relating to microorganisms and minerals, including microbial colonisation of meteorites, bacterial degradation of anhydrite, microbial methane production from coal, microbial diversity of sulfur rich environments and formation of iron-manganese crusts from the Tasmantid Seamounts.