School Based Researchers
Complementary research capacity from across the University
Researchers based within Western Sydney University Schools support and enhance the Institute's ability to engage with industry, support complementary research efforts and to secure additional research expertise.
Dr Christa Beckmann studies predator-prey interactions to understand how predators shape prey behavior in the School of Science.
Associate Professor Brett M. Bennett is a Senior Lecturer in Modern History at the Institute of Culture and Society (ICS) at Western Sydney University. He is also a Senior Research Association at the University of Johannesburg and a former Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow (2011-2013). His research uses historical methods to investigate how the interaction of human actions and natural processes created contemporary ecosystems, scientific ideas, and conservation policies.
Dr Jay Bose is an ARC Future Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Intensive Food Production within the School of Science
Professor Zhonghua Chen is Associate Dean International at the School of Science and Education Leader of the National Vegetable Protected Cropping Centre at Western Sydney University. He has an internationally-recognized track record of research excellence in agriculture, plant science and evolutionary biology. He teaches into undergraduate and postgraduate units at WSU.
Dr. Thomas Jeffries is a microbial ecologist with a wide expertise in microbiology, microbial biogeography, computational biology and ecogenomics. His research seeks to determine the environmental factors and ecological principles which drive patterns in microbial diversity in habitats spanning the ocean, dryland soils, contaminated sites and the human microbiome.
Dr Chris Turbill is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Science. His research interests centre on physiological ecology and metabolism and energy expenditure.
Dr Kate Umbers' research focuses on a variety of topics, usually (but not always) related to understanding the mechanisms, functions and evolution of biological colouration. In addition to her fascination with animal colouraiton she loves investigating research questions on animal behaviour, genetics, thermoregulation and mating systems.