Researcher biography

Alistair is interested in the evolution, diversity, systematics and identification of fungi, especially rust and smut fungi. He is investigating why rust fungi are effective pathogens, how host jumps have played a role in their evolution, and whether there is plasticity in their life cycles. Alistair completed post-docs on molecular barcoding, phylogenetics and phylogenomics of rust fungi at the University of Pretoria (South Africa), Louisiana State University (USA), and the University of Queensland. He is experienced in plant and fungal systematics, plant disease surveys, molecular biology and bioinformatics. Alistair worked as a science and maths teacher in the Australian state and private education systems.