Dr Jenny Shanks has an honours degree in horticultural science from Western Sydney University, investigating fruit fly behaviour and mineral oils. She completed a PhD in entomological sciences from Western Sydney University in 2015. Jenny’s postgraduate research was to investigate the different behaviours and antimicrobial activities in Australia’s native stingless bee colonies which limit brood disease development. A key outcome of her research was reporting the first bacterial brood disease in a stingless bee colony. Her research experience includes the fields of behaviour, microbiology, molecular biology and insect rearing.
Prior to working at PHA, she held both technical assistant and research officer positions at university and other government departments within the plant pest areas. At PHA she will be working with in the Horticulture Cropping team focusing on bee related matters and also other invertebrate-dependent industries.