I am a research fellow working on an ARC Linkage project, Spatial Solutions for Fire Ecology. The project is a collaboration between the University of Melbourne (Mick McCarthy and Luke Kelly), La Trobe University (Andrew Bennett and Mike Clarke) and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. We will be developing a suite of spatially explicit models and tools to enhance capacity to design and evaluate alternative fire management strategies for biodiversity in real-world landscapes; specifically focusing on the mallee woodlands and foothills forests.
In June 2016 I submitted my PhD thesis which explored the problem of managing fire for biodiversity conservation. This work, undertaken with the Quantitative and Applied Ecology group at the Uni Melb, ranged from community modelling, to detailed single species and population-level approaches. A particular aim of the work was to improve biodiversity management and decision making in disturbance-prone ecosystems.
I’m basically a plant ecologist, who has a particular interest in conservation and the impact of disturbances on communities and populations. If you have an interest in any of my research or in collaborating please contact me.
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