Tessa Smith




I work at the University of Tasmania as Research Assistant for both D.E.E.P and CABAH.

Outside of my work I enjoy participating in and facilitating science communication through my membership of the Science in the Pub Hobart organising committee, and as Co-organiser and MC of Pint of Science Hobart 2018.


Before D.E.E.P:

Before coming to Tasmania I completed my Honours at Deakin University studying ‘The consequences of marine-derived avian nutrient input into island ecosystems: Palaeoecological insights from Rimatara, French Polynesia” with Dr. Nicholas Porch.

Since completing honours I have worked in environmental consulting and at a Research Assistant at universities in Australia and Switzerland. This included working at the Interdisciplinary Conservation Science Research Group at RMIT University studying urban ecology of insects in the City of Melbourne in the project ‘The Little Things that Run the City’ and fieldwork with the University of Fribourg, Switzerland surveying the interactions between an invasive weed (Ambrosia artemisifolia) and its biocontrol agent (Ophraella communa).




Porch, N. & Smith, T. R. (2017). New Pycnomerus Erichson (Coleoptera: Zopheridae: Pycnomerini) from Rimatara, French Polynesia. Zootaxa 4327(1): 15. DOI:  http://dx.doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.344557


Mata L, Ives CD, Garrard GE, Gordon A, Backstrom A, Cranney K, Smith TR, Stark L,
Bickel DJ, Cunningham S, Hahs AK, Hochuli D, Malipatil M, Moir ML, Plein M, Porch N, Semeraro L, Standish R, Walker K, Vesk PA, Parris K, Bekessy SA (2015) The Little Things that Run the City – How do Melbourne’s green spaces support insect biodiversity and promote ecosystem health?  Report prepared for the City of Melbourne. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.18628.53120

Kirk H, Smith T, Backstrom A, Morán-Ordóñez A, Garrard GE, Gordon A, Ives CD, Bekessy SA, Mata L. (2017) Our City’s Little Gems – Butterfly diversity and flower-butterfly interactions in the City of Melbourne. Report prepared for the City of Melbourne. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.32050.30409