Meet Your 2017 Committee

Dr Scott Johnson, Chair 

Dr Scott Johnson is a community ecologist at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment at Western Sydney University. His group investigates insect-plant interactions with a view to enhancing ecosystem vitality. This ranges from more sustainable pest management to promotion of ecosystem services. His research purview encompasses global climate change, plant defences and aboveground-belowground interactions.

Rose Andrew

Dr Rose Andrew is a molecular ecologist who tries to understand connectivity, adaptation and speciation, and how they interact. Her group studies organisms ranging from Eucalyptus to ants and feral mammals. 


Dr Chris Bycroft

Dr Chris Bycroft is a Senior Ecologist and Botanist for Wildland Consultants based in Rotorua.  Chris is the current Treasurer and Immediate Past President of the New Zealand Ecological Society.  Chris works in a broad range of terrestrial and wetland habitats, undertaking botanical and avifauna surveys.  In his early career he specialised in tussock grasslands in southern New Zealand, since moving to Rotorua he has taken a special interest in geothermal ecosystems.

Dr Cate Macinnis-Ng

Dr Cate Macinnis-Ng is Vice President of the New Zealand Ecological Society. She is a Senior Lecturer and Rutherford Discovery Fellow in the School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland. Cate’s research specialty is plant ecophysiology. She is particularly interested in the impacts of a changing climate on forest ecosystems.


Dr Ben Moore

Dr Ben Moore is a chemical and nutritional ecologist broadly interested in plant-herbivore interactions, particularly the interaction of eucalypts with marsupials and the koala gastrointestinal microbiome.

 Jonathan Finch

Jonathan Finch is a PhD student at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment Western Sydney University. His research relates to pollination mutualisms and plant-insect co-evolution



Jane DeGabriel

Dr Jane DeGabriel is a Program Manager with the Office of Environment and Heritage’s Saving our Species program. She is interested in using science to inform conservation policy and on-ground management of threatened species. Her research interests broadly include plant-herbivore interactions and mammal ecology.


Dr Brad Murray

Dr Brad Murray is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney and has research interests in ecology, evolution and biodiversity conservation. He works on the comparative ecology of plant flammability, particularly in the context of wildfires, and on plant-animal interactions in relation to the ecological impacts of exotic plants on native fauna.