Rod’s research interests include the spatial ecology of organisms, and the analysis and visualisation of spatial patterns. After completing his B.App.Sc in Environmental Science and Ecology in 2009, Rod is currently working towards obtaining his M.App.Sc by Research. His principle supervisor is Dr. Grant Hamilton and his associate supervisor is Dr. David Elmouttie.
His current research focuses on determining the distribution patterns of insect pests within grain storages, and how they vary in response to environmental conditions. By employing a novel technique that allows for intensive sampling of grain without disturbing the spatial location of pests, he has been able to collect detailed data on pest spatial distribution in 3 dimensions. Once analysed and described this information can be used to improve pest detection and treatment practices, with the aim of reducing management costs and improving grain quality.