Prospective students

I am available to supervise Honours, Masters and PhD students. I am happy to any discuss potential projects ideas with prospective students, particularly when students bring their own ideas – please get in touch. Here are a few potential project themes relating to my current work:

Making rivers great again! Assessing the potential of environmental flows to restore native riparian plant communities

In partnership with the Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research, we are seeking student/s to investigate the potential for environmental flows to restore native riparian vegetation. Many of Australia’s rivers are degraded due to water extraction, flow regulation and other anthropogenic pressures. Increasingly, water is being returned to rivers as ‘environmental flows’ to improve their health, including the restoration of native vegetation. Better knowledge of the relationships between river flows and riparian vegetation dynamics is required to best target environmental flows. We are seeking student/s for a range of projects investigating vegetation flow-ecology relationships via a combination of nursery and field-based experiments, and/or interrogation of a large existing dataset. These projects would be jointly supported by the Arthur Rylah Institute and The University of Melbourne. Please contact Joe Greet to discuss: greetj@unimelb.edu.au

No eye deer? Developing vegetation restoration techniques to outsmart introduced deer in Australia.

Populations of introduced deer in Australia are increasing. Deer cause considerable damage to vegetation, particularly along our waterways, through browsing, trampling, rubbing and thrashing. Additionally, revegetation efforts are often hampered by deer, and excluding them through fencing can be cost-prohibitive. Land managers are keen improve the science of restoration in the presence of deer. This project provides an opportunity to work with land managers such as Parks Victoria and Greening Australia to smarten the way we protect and restore vegetation impacted by deer. Please contact Joe Greet to discuss: greetj@unimelb.edu.au

Determining the long-term impacts of deer on our native forests

Populations of feral deer in Australia are increasing and deer cause considerable damage to our native vegetation. However, the long-term impacts of deer on vegetation structure and composition are not well known. In Australia in particular, these impacts are often difficult to distinguish from that of sympatric native herbivores such as wallabies. Through vegetation surveys, this project will use long-established exclusion plots (both total and partial – the latter permitting macropod movement) within the Yarra Ranges National Park to determine the long-term impacts of deer on our native forests and inform strategies for their recovery. This project will be co-supervised by Drs Ami Bennett and Joe Greet and be based within the Waterway Ecosystem Research Group, a supportive and collegiate research group. Please contact Joe Greet to discuss: greetj@unimelb.edu.au