Presentation by 3 x 20 minute papers details below
Royal Society Room
Tuesday, 2nd October 2012 Commencing 8.00 pm until 10.00 pm
Three postgraduates from leading schools in the University of Tasmania
About the Speaker
1. Tanya Bailey. Tanya Bailey recently completed a PhD with School of Plant Science UTAS. Her undergraduate degree was a Bachelor of Horticultural Science at the University of Western Sydney. She is currently employed as a Restoration Ecologist on a combined project between the School of Plant Science at UTAS and Greening Australia setting up biodiverse carbon trials in the Midlands. 2. Scott McAdam. Scott completed both his PhD and undergraduate degree with honours, at the School of Plant Science at the University of Tasmania. He has presented results from his PhD thesis at two international conferences and has published six scientific papers in high impact journals including Science and Plant Cell. Scott plans to continue his research, taking up a post-doctoral position at the University of Tasmania. 3. Lisa Cawthen. Lisa grew up in Tasmania and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Tasmania. As an early career wildlife ecologist she has worked on a number of applied research and monitoring programs with the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program, Forest Practices Authority and as a consultant on wind farm projects. She is also involved in community and school education programs with The Bookend Trust, CSIRO Education and Hobart City Council bush adventures program.
Brief Abstract of the Talk
1. Title: Eucalypt regeneration, soil water repellency and ecological restoration in the Tasmanian Midlands. Tanya’s talk will focus on her PhD studies that have defined the regeneration niches needed to ensure regeneration of the dry forests of Tasmania. She will discuss the landscapes involved and how they have changed over the last 50 years. 2. Title: Stomatal evolution and the reason for your existence. About the talk: Stomata are the adjustable pores on the leaves of land plants with a 400 million year old evolutionary history. Research into seed plant stomata has revealed lots about the environmental conditions that trigger stomata to open and close. However not all stomata are the same as seed plant stomata. This talk will describe the evolution of stomatal behaviour over the past 400 million years of land plant evolution. 3. Title: From theory to practice: Are forest management strategies effective for bats? Lisa is currently finishing her PhD which investigated the effectiveness of Tasmania’s forest management strategies in dry sclerophyll forests at providing suitable habitat for bats. This talk will discuss the main findings of her PhD and their implications for our understanding of bats and forest management strategies.