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 DELWP’s Arthur Rylah Institute, we are seeking student/s to investigate the potential of environmental flows to restore native riparian vegetation. Flow regime is the primary driver of riparian vegetation dynamics. Many of Australia’s rivers are degraded due to water extraction, flow regulation and other anthropogenic pressures. Increasingly, water is being returned to rivers via environmental flows to improve their health, including the restoration of native riparian vegetation. Better knowledge of the relationships between river flows and riparian vegetation dynamics is required to best target environmental flows. To inform Victoria’s Environmental Flows Monitoring and Assessment Program, 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. A student proficient in R and GLMMs is preferred but not essential. This project would be jointly supported by ARI and the SEFS at 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.