• Samantha Ward

    My PhD began in September 2016 at the University of Melbourne with Professor Ary Hoffmann, Dr Paul Umina and Dr Sarina Macfadyen at CSIRO acting as my supervisors. My research focusses on the largely unexplored area of parasitic Hymenoptera associated with aphids in grain crops in Australia. The project fits within a larger, national Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) project investigating beneficial species that can be used to control agricultural pests in grain crops.

  1. A cat-astrophe waiting to happen!!!

    Friend or foe? When you look at your fluffy pet cat curled up beside you on the sofa, do you see a cute companion or a …

    blogs.unimelb.edu.au/sciencecommunication/2018/10/18/a-cat-astrophe-waiting-to-happen

  2. Zoos – the good, the bad and the ugly

    Feeding the rhino at Zoo Berlin. Credit: Author’s own. “We’re going to the zoo, zoo, zoo. How about you, you, you…?” Perhaps you remember singing the …

    blogs.unimelb.edu.au/sciencecommunication/2018/10/02/zoos-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly

  3. The platypus: another impending extinction?

    The duck-billed platypus has always been something of an enigma. When the first pelt and sketch were sent back to Europe at the end of the …

    blogs.unimelb.edu.au/sciencecommunication/2018/09/11/the-platypus-another-impending-extinction

  4. In the ‘field’ of science…

    If I ask you what is involved in studying for a PhD, a Doctor of Philosophy, a higher or postgraduate degree in science, what do you …

    blogs.unimelb.edu.au/sciencecommunication/2018/08/12/in-the-field-of-science