Cassava & Sorghum
Ros is a plant biologist who studies the effect of climate change on food security, with a focus on plants that make cyanide as a herbivore defence, examining the issues from the molecular through to the ecosystem, and even global scales.
Her research has led to a series of projects that aim to reduce the amount of cyanide in human and animal diets, and has led to several industry-sponsored and collaborative projects with health and agricultural scientists in Africa, Fiji and Vanuatu.
Ros coordinates the core undergraduate science program at Monash University and is a pioneer in the use of new technology in higher education. She is also a passionate advocate for effective science communication.