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    Physiological ecologist, School of BioSciences, Faculty of Science, University of Melbourne

  1. 19 January 2023 - Science Matters

    Lockdown ‘field trip’ reveals whereabouts of Australian grasshoppers

    Ecologists from the University of Melbourne used historical survey notes to map the location of hundreds of species of Australian grasshopper

  2. 3 June 2022 - Science Matters

    The Australian grasshopper that’s given up sex

    A unique grasshopper that's an all-female species that doesn’t have sex to reproduce gives new insights into evolution, say University of Melbourne experts.

  3. 8 November 2021 - Science Matters

    Mini-beast renaturing: A time for local action

    Globally, insect numbers are dwindling but University of Melbourne experts say we could help our ecosystem by renaturing mini-beasts in our own urban backyards.

  4. 20 August 2020 - Science Matters

    The grasshopper that was lost, then found, is now endangered

    After thought to be extinct, the Key’s Matchstick Grasshopper was found; but as its habitat shrinks, University of Melbourne research finds it’s now endangered.

  5. 19 September 2019 - Science Matters

    Rediscovering a ‘lost’ species

    A rare insect species, Key’s Matchstick Grasshopper, was thought to be extinct in Victoria but has now been rediscovered by University of Melbourne researchers.

  6. 5 August 2018 - Science Matters

    The sleepy lizard awakens new tools for climate change research

    University of Melbourne research into the impact of water shortages on Australia's sleepy lizard gives us insight into the effects of climate change on animals.

  7. 8 February 2018 - Science Matters

    Grasshoppers: The new poster bug for insect conservation

    University of Melbourne researchers have discovered Key's matchstick grasshopper is threatened, and are now looking into how it can be reintroduced in Victoria.