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In 2001 completed a BSc in Resource an Environmental Management at the Australian National University that included an honours project that investigated the carbon dynamics of the tall eucalypt forests of the NSW South Coast (with the CRC Greenhouse Accounting). I spent the next four years as a researcher for Forests NSW working throughout the State on a range of projects related to carbon accounting, mine-site rehabilitation and tree water use.
In 2011 I completed a PhD (UTAS) that investigated the efficacy of the Alternative Stables States paradigm for the vegetation communities of southwest Tasmania. This landscape ecology project used novel historical ecology techniques such as dendro-ecology, stable carbon isotopes, repeat aerial photography and geospatial statistics to shed light on the vegetation dynamics of moorland-eucalypt-rainforest mosaics.
I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Environmental Change Biology lab at the University of Tasmania. I am coordinating the design and implementation of a forest monitoring plot network (Ausplots-Forests) under the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN). I am also working on an ARC funded project that is using tree rings from Tasmanian endemic conifers (King Billy Pine and Pencil Pine) to characterise past fire regimes in Tasmania.
As a landscape ecologist I am interested in combining historical data with spatial data to untangle the complex interactions between fire, vegetation and soils that shape Australian vegetation communities. I am acutely aware of the need for temporal proxies to help ecologists understand the impact of environmental change on forest ecosystems. Therefore I am particularly interested in establishing long-term monitoring systems and developing dendo-ecological techniques to better understand past fire regimes.
Authorised by the Head of School, Plant Science
26 November, 2012