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RESEARCH FELLOW – PLANT ECOLOGICAL MODELLING

So our position for Eucalypt traits is now advertised: RESEARCH FELLOW – PLANT ECOLOGICAL MODELLING

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Eucalypt Futures

With colleagues, we have two grants supporting our work over the coming 3 years. Both concern eucalypt trees and the traits that govern performance: distribution along environmental gradients in one grant; and maximum attainable height in the other. Our plan is to … Continue reading

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Recent work

Now, I am pretty terrible at keeping this up to date. But one thing that I’d like to highlight is my Eucalyptus trait project. This project is serving several aims. One is to test the generality of trait-based multi-species distribution … Continue reading

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Science in fiction

I love reading fiction, and I love science. Occasionally these two meet when I read a  science fiction novel. And just occasionally I read a book set in contemporary society where a scientist is one of the protagonists and issues … Continue reading

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What good is science for the national interest?

Last night I sat with my youngest daughter, learning how to convert between decimals and fractions. It lead me to the role of maths and science in our society . And the future ability of my daughter to engage with … Continue reading

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Land use change effects on trait distributions in forests

We have a new paper appearing in a special issue of American Journal of Botany, led by Margie Mayfield from U. Queensland. You can find a preprint here, and the publication version here. Land use is expected to affect species … Continue reading

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revisiting less-than-optimal historical data

As a society, we need to know whether our conservation management is effective. Assessing the effectiveness of vegetation restoration is often hampered by insensitive baseline data. The data used to justify investing in restoration are rarely suitable for conducting sensitive … Continue reading

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