For my postgraduate research, I will use a combination of field, captive and laboratory trials to assess the degree of genetic and environmental variation in defensive chemistry and resistance to mammal browsing in E. globulus. I will examine factors such as ontogeny, plant tolerance and the evolutionary relationships between E. globulus and its herbivores.
After completing my undergraduate degree majoring in Plant Science and Zoology at the University of Tasmania, I combined my passion for plants and animals and went on to research the relationship between alpine Tasmanian native fleshy-fruit producing plants and the Black Currawong (Strepera fuliginosa) for my Honours project in the UTas Geography & Environmental Studies department. My interest in plant-animal interactions has lead me to develop an interest in forest management, where I hope to broaden my skills and experiences and to contribute to the ever changing forest industry and ensure ongoing research in this important area of study.
Authorised by the Head of School, Biological Sciences
17 April, 2012