I was born in Oregon and raised in Hawaii, Colorado and New Zealand. I went to Matamata College in the Waikato and worked in Tongariro, Wellington, Galapagos (Ecuador), Hawaii and Florida. I have a deep interest in human interactions with the natural world especially the plants.

Interests: Seed systems, biosecurity issues, herbicide resistance, rapid weed risk assessment, network epidemiology, global change, invasive species impacts and management, phylogenetics and evolution.


  • Masters, Biology, The University of Auckland, 1995
  • Doctorate, Biology, Florida State University, 2016


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