My PhD research focuses on linking functional traits of rainforest trees with their survival and growth. I first conducted research based on an experimental restoration planting in Malaysian Borneo, and am now working to analyse a long-term dataset from the Australian Wet Tropics, testing for changes in forest dynamics over time.
I am interested in using physiological, structural and morphometric traits to understand the potential resilience and sensitivities of trees to different elements of the environment – soil moisture, nutrient availability, light and neighbourhood interactions.
My Honours research involved developing the first reconstruction of fossilised plant communities from a Cretaceous (ca. 97 may) polar forest (Chatham Islands, New Zealand), which required sedimentary geology, fossil preparation and the appropriation of sampling methods from modern ecology to fossil assemblages. I have also previously worked on testing the reliability of species accumulation functions to estimate biodiversity in the context of conservation decision-making.