Research aspirations

As evidence by my current projects, my aspirations for future research are diverse, ranging from plant bodies, to populations, communities, ecosystems and landscapes. The following are questions that i’d love to explore in the future. If any of these pique your interest, and you wish to discuss opportunities for collaboration, please get in touch!

FUNDAMENTAL

1. The role of plant-animal interactions, particularly pollinator systems, in recruitment and assembly dynamics of plant communities.

2. The role of mycorrhizal associations in structuring competition hierarchies and maintaining the diversity of plant communities.

3. Effects of landscape configuration and heterogeneity on multi-trophic interactions and ecosystem function.

4. Seed dispersal dynamics in coastal plant communities

IMPACT

5. Impacts of alien plant species on plant-animal interactions and mycorrhizal associations.

6. Facilitative effects of alien plants on animal communities in urban landscapes.

7. Impacts of landscape development, such as urbanisation and habitat fragmentation, on ecosystem processes, such as pollination, and plant-animal mutualisms.

8. Synergistic effects of extreme weather events and landscape development on plant-animal interactions, recruitment dynamics and community assembly.

RESTORE

9. Functional ecology of ‘restored’ plant communities.

10. Restoration of plant communities and ‘resilience’ to climate change.

11. ‘Sustainability’ of restored landscapes.

12. Differential effects of alien plant control on community and ecosystem recovery.

13. Functional species ‘redundancy’ and plant community restoration.

 

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