My research specialisations are in the areas of restoration ecology, seed biology and commercialisation of native plants.
My restoration ecology investigations include assessing vegetation community development; determining indicators of successful ecological structure and functioning; establishment ecology; and seed biology and dormancy of Australian native plant species. I have been sponsored to carry out research into the establishment of native flora communities on disturbed lands by mining companies, government agencies and the Australian Research Council at sites in the Northern Territory, New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia.
Prior to March 2002, I was a research fellow at the Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation, The University of Queensland. I carried out research projects for mining company and industry body clients to solve issues with the rehabilitation of sustainable low maintenance native vegetation communities on mine-sites.
Other plant science areas include investigating the seed biology of threatened species and for the last several years I have investigated the commercialisation of Australian native rice species with Dr Penny Wurm.
Student project supervision
I also supervise student research projects at undergraduate, Honours, Masters of Environmental Science and PhD level. I usually have plant science, seed biology or mining rehabilitation projects available for undergraduate, Honours and masters research projects.
- See the "More info" tab for details on available Funded Honours and PhD projects.
* PhD PROJECT investigating rehabilitation of Utricularia after sand extraction - $10,000 pa top up scholarship offered.
Principal research areas include:
- seed biology, dormancy, viability and establishment ecology,
- mine site rehabilitation,
- weed biology and ecological control of weeds
- ecological success criteria for rehabilitation of disturbed lands.
- biology of threatened flora species,
- commercial utilisation of native species
PhD project available 2013 or 2014:
Rehabilitation of Utricularia sandsheet habitat after sand extraction in the Darwin rural area.
$10,000 pa top up scholarship offered.
Honours projects available 2014:
Biology of the carnivorous genus Utricularia
Restoration of gravel mined areas in the Darwin rural area
Seed biology of Australian native species.
Plasticity in Australian native rice species in response to water levels.
|Enock Menge||PhD Student||Assessing the Invasiveness of Rubber bush (Calotropis procera) on the Barkly Tablelands||Current|
|Evi Warintan Saragih||PhD Student||Role of Large Herbivores on Seed Dispersal in the Nature Conservation Area||Current|
|Jillianne Segura||PhD Student||Mine Restoration of Ecohydrological Function||Current|
|Muhammad Quddus||PhD Student||Biological Study of Weed Flora of Arable Crops and their Organic Control||Current|