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Institute for Sugar Beet Research

Apr 2022 – Present Goettingen, Germany
Responsibilities included:

  • Developing a remote sensing program for the detection and monitoring of plant pests and pathogens.
  • Supervision and teaching at the University of Göttingen

Co-Lead - Remote Sensing of Plant Health Satellite Lab

University of Pretoria, Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI)

Sep 2020 – Present Pretoria, South Africa; Gent, Belgium
Responsibilities included:

  • Developing a remote sensing program for the detection and monitoring of plant pests and pathogens.
  • Fostering cross-disciplinary communication and knowledge transfer

Postdoctoral Researcher

Gent University

Apr 2020 – Apr 2022 Gent, Flanders, Belgium
Responsibilities included:

  • UAV sensor integration
  • SMAC (Simultaneous Measurements of Leaf Area and Chlorophyll)

Postdoctoral Researcher

The University of Florida

May 2019 – Mar 2020 Gainesville, FL, USA
Responsibilities included:

  • Research Coordination between the Center for Stress Resilient Agriculture and the Machine Learning and Sensing Lab
  • Thermal Imaging Systems
  • Hyperspectral UAV Imaging Systems



Jan 2017 – Jan 2018 Hamburg, Germany
Responsibilities included:

  • Research and Development of Plant Stress Detection Processes
  • R Code Development
  • Multispectral UAV Imaging

Research Assistant

Macquarie University - Department Environmental Sciences

Jan 2017 – Jan 2018 Sydney, Australia
Responsibilities included:

  • Classification of Hyperspectral Data
  • R Code Development

Research Assistant

Universität Hamburg - Biodiversity Evolution and Ecology of Plants Lab

Jan 2012 – Jan 2015 Hamburg, Germany
Responsibilities included:

  • Data Digitalisation
  • Event Management
  • Optical Microscopy


Universität Hamburg - Molecular Plant Pathology Lab

Jul 2011 – Jan 2012 Hamburg, Germany
Responsibilities included:

  • Agrobacterium-Mediated Plant Transformation
  • Laser Capture Microdissection
  • Fluorescence Microscopy


Facilities Engineering Hamburg

Jul 2009 – Sep 2009 Hamburg, Germany
Responsibilities included:

  • Fire Protection Installations
  • Heat Exchanger Installations
  • Air Conditioning Systems


Octapharma GmbH

Jan 2007 – Jan 2008 Springe, Germany
Responsibilities included:

  • Plasma Fractionation
  • Plasma Purification
  • Team Management


Doctoral Scholarship

The Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes – German Academic Scholarship Foundation – awards scholarships to outstanding students, irrespective of their political, ideological or religious convictions and affiliations. In line with its statutes, it supports the university education of young people who, on account of their exceptional academic or artistic talents and their personalities, can be expected to make an outstanding contribution to society as a whole.

International Conference Travel Funding

According to the motto -International doctorate studies in Hamburg-, the MIN Graduate School International started in January 2015. The target of this project is the improvement of overall conditions for enhancing career chances for doctoral researchers in the international competition.

Winner - Best Poster

Each year the BES calls a diverse group of judges to select winners for our Student Poster and Talk Prizes. In 2017, the Joint Annual Meeting: Ecology Across Borders, saw a record 320 entries for both talks and posters.

Barbara Rice Memorial Award

The Rice Memorial Fund was established by donations following the death of Barbara Rice in 2009. It honours her memory by encouraging field research. Distributions from the fund support two prizes, named Rice Memorial Field Research Award” and “Rice Memorial Field Research Proposal Award.

Travel Grant

The Ecological Society of Australia encourages student attendance at its annual conference by providing a number of student travel grants each year.

Tony Price Award for Plant Biology Research

This scheme is supported by a bequest to the Department of Biological Sciences by Greville Anthony (Tony) Price (1934-2010), who was a student at Macquarie in the 1980’s. The Tony Price Award supports any aspect of ecological research that involves plants

Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarships

Competitive funding scheme for the Doctor of Philosophy offered by the Macquarie University, Australia.

Erasmus Programme Funding

Funding to study a semester at the University of Valencia, Spain


Comparing multi-angular reflectance data with standard orthomosaics to predict levels of leaf area index and leaf chlorophyll content in corn (Zea mays).

Current processing software of aerial imagery removes the potential for multi-angular observations. Therefore, it is neither …

Close range and remote sensing of virus yellows in sugar beet

Developing a proof-of-concept for virus yellows detection using hyperspectral close-range and multispectral UAV sensors.

Multiscale Remote Sensing of Plant Pathogens

Developing a proof-of-concept for myrtle rust (Austropuccinia psidii) detection withing the scope of my PhD thesis.

The Effect of Epidermal Structures on Leaf Spectral Signatures of Ice Plants (Aizoaceae)

Epidermal structures (ES) of leaves are known to affect the functional properties and spectral responses. Spectral studies focused …

Recent & Upcoming Talks

Current research questions in remote sensing of biotic and abiotic stress.

Recent Publications

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Over the last 20 years, researchers in the field of digital plant pathology have chased the goal to implement sensors, machine learning …

In arid environments, plant primary productivity is generally low and highly variable both spatially and temporally. Resources are not …

Effective collaboration for generating solutions to complex theoretical or applied problems depends on an individual’s willingness to …

Disease management in agriculture often assumes that pathogens are spread homogeneously across crops. In practice, pathogens can …

Hundreds of species in one of Australia’s dominant plant families, the Myrtaceae, are at risk from the invasive pathogenic fungus …