Current students

Postgraduate students

Vanja Kitanovic

My project investigates the flooding tolerances of various native and exotic riparian grasses. I will be conducting flooding experiments on juvenile and mature individuals with the goal of finding an optimal flooding duration that gives a competitive advantage to native species. This project is in partnership with the Arthur Rylah Institute, and aims to better inform the release of environmental flows in the Campaspe River.


Luke Westerland

Luke is studying the habitat of the critically endangered Leadbeater’s Possum at Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve. His research aims to identify associations between vegetation structure and the presence and health of possum populations, and drivers such as flooding or forest succession. This research will inform the management of vegetation and hydrology at Yellingbo, as well as inform potential translocation of the possums to other lowland swamp areas.

Luke with tree

Rob Dabal

Rob is a doing a Masters of Science (Ecosystem Sciences). As part of his masters he will doing a research project investigating the ecology of the invasive wetland grass species Phalaris arundinacea in order to develop means for its control and to rehabilitate wetland areas currently infested with the invasive grass.


Liz Martin

Liz likes using statistical models and simulations to better understand the environment and inform ecosystem management. Her PhD is focussed on decision science for managing forest landscapes through space and time to conserve biodiversity.

Former students

Sarah Moser

Sarah studied the effect of environmental determinants on the success of revegetated woody plants in wetland forests. In particular, she examined factors that influence the persistence of plants planted in canopy gaps (infill planting) and within the perimeter of sedges (cryptic planting) with the aim to improve our understanding of the effectiveness of these revegetation methods. Sarah’s research is published here.

Alice Duong

My masters project investigated the potential use of managed flooding to restore wetland vegetation. In particular, the potential use of flooding to promote the success of revegetation and natural regeneration, and suppress terrestrial weeds. We found that reinstating more natural flooding regimes can promote native wetland plant communities, while concurrently suppressing terrestrial exotic species. Alice’s research is published here.

Georgina Zacks

My research explored the flooding tolerance of two ecologically important woody riparian shrubs. I looked at how depth and duration of flooding can affect Melaleuca squarrosa and Leptospermum lanigerum at their important life history stages. My research provides further evidence that water regime acts as an important ecological filter in wetlands forests.

Georgie in field_cropped