|Contact Campus||Sandy Bay Campus|
|Building||Life Sciences Building|
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I am mainly interested in the evolution of vegetation and plant species, and work at both global and local levels. I combine different kinds of evidence - fossils, evolutionary trees based on DNA and the distribution and physiology of living species. Some important are: the remarkable things that comparing the structure of fossil and living leaves can tell us about how our vegetation and flora evolved; the importance of extinction in understanding evolution; and what the modern distribution of species tells us about their history.My work focusses mainly on the fabulous southern hemisphere family Proteaceae (banksias, proteas, grevilleas and many others) and on conifers.
I also work on forest ecology, looking at the impact of disturbance on biodiversity.
Authorised by the Head of School, Biological Sciences
13 February, 2015