ILWS - Charles Sturt University
ILWS - Charles Sturt University

Seed biology of grassy ecosystem species (2019-2022)

Funding

Director of National Parks, $46,363

Researchers/Investigators

Dr Jodi Price, Associate Professor Dale Nimmo and Joshua Hodges (PhD student)

Research Theme

Biodiversity Conservation

Description

Many grasslands and grassy woodlands in south-eastern Australia are endangered. Recruitment via seeds is important in the field for population persistence, and for ex situ conservation and restoration. Fire plays an important role in maintaining diversity in grasslands and grassy woodlands but the mechanisms are poorly undertstood.

This project, which supports the work of ILWS PhD student Joshua Hodges and an honours project (Michael Cleland), will examine the role of fire in seedling recruitment of grassy ecosystem species. The research aims to test direct factors contributing to recruitment and investigate the seed biology of common yet unstudied grassy ecosystem species.

Outcomes

This study will improve ecological and biological understanding of recruitment drivers with applied outcomes for restoration, conservation and management of threatened grassy ecosystems.

Contact

Dr Jodi Price email

Albury-Wodonga campus

July 2019