Student Projects 2016+
- What makes the cool temperate forests of New Zealand different to Australian analogues?
- Using ‘patterns’ to understand processes shaping the structure and dynamics of tall forests (Tas, Vic, WA, NSW & QLD):
- What is the functional role of Dicksonia (tree ferns) and how do they influence forest structure?
- What is the interplay between canopy and understory trees (use of canopy photos from across Australia)?
- Is the additive basal area phenomenon (multiple forest ‘layers’) true in Australian forests?
- Are eucalypts functionally analogous across Australia? Does species identity matter?
- Turnover and population dynamics in forest ecosystems (including both plant and animal communities):
- Nurse logs and light (What are the rates of germination of different forest species [e.g., eucalypts, Nothofagus] on coarse-woody debris? Do forest trees grow better on their own fallen logs?
- Decay of woody debris on the forest. Potential for glasshouse experiments mixed with field trials).
- Spatial structuring and change in forest ecosystems.
- Using mobile technology to improve ecology and restoration
- Impacts of climate and land-use change (agriculture, forestry, energy development) on forest biodiversity and conservation
Come and speak to me any time, and we can explore a variety of options!