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After finishing a forestry degree from Melbourne University, I initially worked as a research assistant on a forest pest management project before volunteering on seabird research projects in Antarctica and Macquarie Island. I then did Honours and PhD degrees at UTAS looking at the impacts of forest management practices on ground-active beetles. Since then I have been working with Forestry Tasmania investigating the biodiversity benefits of variable retention harvesting compared to clearfelling. I completed a one-year fellowship at the World Forest Institute in Portland, USA before returning to the University of Tasmania.
My research investigates the impacts of native forest logging practices on biodiversity. I am interested in understanding the spatial and temporal impacts of harvesting systems and conservation measures on plant and animal habitats and populations. Understanding how species respond to environmental gradients is relevant to developing management practices necessary for effective conservation. My current project investigates ‘forest influence’ - how proximity to a mature forest edge influences recolonisation by biodiversity following timber harvesting. This is relevant to the variable retention harvesting system where patches of uncut forest are retained to maintain mature-forest biodiversity within sites. Our research will investigate whether such retention can assist recolonisation by plants, birds and beetles.
Authorised by the Head of School, Plant Science
9 May, 2013