IMG_1484I’m interested in a range of ecology and conservation topics–usually involving plants in natural settings.

I am currently a postdoc in Grenoble, France working with Wilfried Thuiller for the ERC TEEMBIO project ‘Towards Eco-Evolutionary Models of Biodiversity’ and Marie Curie project CLEF ‘Conserving the Legacy of Evolution into the Future’.

Before the move to France, I was a postdoc in the School of Botany at the University of Melbourne as part of the National Environmental Research Program (NERP Environmental Decisions Hub) working with Mick McCarthy and Mike Bayly to establish methods for incorporating phylogenetic diversity in conservation reserve planning.

For my PhD (supervised by Pete Vesk), I studied the ecology and evolution of eucalypts. One of the highlights of the evolution study was a picture of the genetic structure of a rare eucalypt species across the ranges that they occupy. Ecological questions included local co-occurrence and distribution of eucalypt species.

For my Masters, I documented vegetation change in the US northern Gulf of Mexico coastline with Loretta Battaglia, and before that, worked at the Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station in Wyoming for Kate Dwire studying effects of fire and grazing on high elevation riparian areas.

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