Recent graduates

lindaLinda Parker
NationalityAustralian
ThesisTopic: The ecology of Astelia australiana, Tall Astelia

Aim: To gain a greater understanding of the ecology of A. australiana to assist in its conservation

SupervisorsCraig Nitschke (Primary); Sabine Kasel; Cristina Aponte
Projected CompletionTBC
Skills/
Interests
PRIMER; Field methods; Ecology
Education2002
Bachelor Science (Conservation Ecology) Honours, Deakin University, Melbourne
2001
Bachelor Conservation Ecology, Deakin University, Melbourne
Awards 2014
University of Melbourne – Melbourne Abroad Travelling Scholarship
2013
Ecological Society of Australia (ESA) student travel grant
University of Melbourne – S. F. Pond Travelling Scholarship
Contact informationlmparker@student.unimelb.edu.au
Tel: +61 0425883447

tomThomas A. Fairman
NationalityAustralian
ThesisTopic: Too much, Too Young? The effect of short-interval wildfire on the structure and demography of temperate Eucalyptus forests.

Aim: To examine wildfires of short interval and their effect on temperate Eucalyptus forests.

SupervisorsCraig Nitschke (primary); Lauren Bennett
Projected CompletionTBC
Skills/
Interests
Skills: ArcGIS; Forest carbon measurement & monitoring; Forest inventory & assessment; Fire & forest ecology; Urban forest management

Interests: I am particularly interested in the relationship between vegetation composition in forests and exogenous disturbances, specifically wildfire. My research focuses on how the theories of ecological resilience and alternative stable states can explain forest pattern across temperate Eucalyptus forests, and identifying the role of fire in driving these patterns. Tangentially to this, I am interested in how forest management can be informed by these patterns and adaptively respond to them.

Education2014
Specialist Certificate in Graduate Research Teaching
2010
Master of Forest Ecosystem Science, The University of Melbourne
2007
Bachelor of Science, The University of Melbourne
Awards  Australian Postgraduate Award
Bill Borthwick Student Scholarship
Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment Fund
PublicationsFairman, T. A., Bennett, L. T., Tupper, S. and Nitschke, C. R. (2017), Frequent wildfires erode tree persistence and alter stand structure and initial composition of a fire-tolerant sub-alpine forest. J Veg Sci (online early: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jvs.12575/full)

Fairman T. A., Nitschke C. R., Bennett L. T. (2016) Too much, too soon? A review of the effects of increasing wildfire frequency on tree mortality and regeneration in temperate eucalypt forests. International Journal of Wildland Fire 25, pp. 831-848.

Bi, H., Murphy, S., Volkova, L., Weston, C., Fairman, T. Li, Y., Law, R., Norris, J., Lei, X., & Caccamo, G. (2015) Additive biomass equations based on complete weighing of sample trees for open eucalypt forest species in south-eastern Australia, Forest Ecology & Management, 349, pp. 106-121

Volkova, L., Meyer, C.P., Murphy, S., Fairman, T., Reisen, F., Weston, C., (2014) Fuel reduction burning mitigates wildfire impacts on forest carbon and greenhouse gas emission, International Journal of Wildland Fire, 23 (6), pp. 771-780

Norris, J., Arnold, S. & Fairman, T. (2010) An indicative estimate of carbon stocks on Victoria’s publicly managed land using the FullCAM carbon accounting model, Australian Forestry, 73 (4), pp. 209-219

Contact informationthomas.fairman@gmail.com
tfairman@student.unimelb.edu.au
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Recently Graduated PhD Students

HelenHelen Vickers
NationalityAustralian
ThesisTopic:  Dynamics of woody vegetation in fire prone temperate forests of south-eastern Australia

Aim: To better inform management decision making by enhancing the understanding of woody understorey composition, structure and function in the face of a changing climate.

SupervisorsCraig Nitschke (primary); Sabine Kasel; Thomas Duff
Projected CompletionCompleted September 2017
Skills/
Interests
ArcGIS; R/PRIMER; Shrub ecology; Forest ecology; Stand dynamics; Hemispherical photography; Dendroecology; Climate change; Fire
Education2004
BSc (Hons), University of Queensland, QLD, Australia (The autecology and response to disturbance of Melaleuca irbyana)
2003
BSc (Ecology)/BA (Psychology), University of Queensland, QLD, Australia
Awards 2014
University of Melbourne – Melbourne Abroad Travelling Scholarship
University of Melbourne – Samuel Francis Pond Collaboration Scholarship
2013
Ecological Society of Australia (ESA) student research award
2012 – 2015
Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)
Department of Primary Industries (DEPI) Top Up Scholarship
PublicationsVickers, H., Gillespie, M. and Gravina, A. (2012) Assessing the development of rehabilitated grasslands on post-mined landforms in north west Queensland, Australia. Agriculture Ecosystems and Environment, 163 72-84
Contact informationhvickers@gmail.com
h.vickers2@student.unimelb.edu.au
mattMatthew Chick
NationalityAustralian
ThesisTopic: Interactions between prescribed fire regimes and understory species dynamics in heathy-woodland.

Aim: To assess the possible impacts of current prescribed burning regimes on the diversity of shrubby understorey species in heathy-woodland

SupervisorsA/Prof Alan York (primary); Dr Craig Nitschke; Dr Janet Cohn
Skills/
Interests
ArcGIS; R/PRIMER; Relationships between landscape scale wildfire management regimes and plant diversity; Landscape scale fire scenario modelling (LANDIS – II); Ecosystem process predictive modelling in relation to fire regimes; Seed ecology in relation to fire regimes; Landscape scale native ecosystem fire ecology; Field methods
Education2009
BScH Environmental Science, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia
2012-2011
Masters in Forest Ecosystem Science, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
2013
Graduate Certificate in Advanced Learning and Leadership (GCALL)
Awards  2014
University of Melbourne – Melbourne Abroad Travelling Scholarship
University of Melbourne – Samuel Francis Pond Travelling Scholarship
2013
Ecological Society of Australia (ESA) student travel grant
University of Melbourne – Graduate Certificate in Advanced Learning and Leadership (GCALL) scholarship
2012-2015
Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment – Research and operation funding
Contact informationmchick@student.unimelb.edu.au
Tel: (+61) 0405 217 653
MelMelissa Fedrigo
NationalityCanadian, Italian
ThesisTopic: Where is the forest carbon? A multidisciplinary approach to quantifying the amount, distribution, and extent of forest carbon in south-eastern Australian temperate forests.

Aim: To bridge a knowledge gap between ecology and remote sensing to better predict the distribution of species and carbon in Australian temperate forests.

SupervisorsCraig Nitschke (primary); Sabine Kasel; Lauren Bennett; Stephen Roxburgh (CSIRO)
Skills/
Interests
ArcGIS; ENVI/FUSION; R/PRIMER; Field methods; Radiocarbon dating lab methods; Hemispherical photography; Remote Sensing: Light detection and ranging (lidar) – airborne and terrestrial/hyperspectral/optical/radar; Rainforest ecology; Tree ferns; Predictive ecosystem mapping
Education2009
MSc, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (Geographical Information Science)
2008
BScH, Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada (Geographic Information Science and Physical Geography)
Awards &
Scholarships
2015
Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) Research Award
2014
University of Melbourne – Melbourne Abroad Travelling Scholarship
Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) Research Award
University of Melbourne – Melbourne Abroad Travelling Scholarship
2013
Graduate Student of the Year – Highly commended
University of Melbourne – Overseas Research Experience Scholarship
Ecological Society of Australia (ESA) student travel grant
University of Melbourne – Samuel Francis Pond Travelling Scholarship2011 – 2015
University of Melbourne – Melbourne International Research Scholarship
CSIRO Land and Water Flagship postgraduate scholarship
PublicationsFedrigo, M., Kasel, S., Bennett, L.T., Roxburgh, S.H., & Nitschke, C.R. (2014). Consistent carbon stocks among stands of varying structure and edaphic conditions in temperate forests of south-eastern Australia. Forest Ecology and Management, 334, pp. 129-143.

Fedrigo, M., Meir, P., Sheil, D., van Heist, M., Woodhouse, I. H., & Mitchard, E. T. (2013). Fusing radar and optical remote sensing for biomass prediction in mountainous tropical forests. In Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 2013 IEEE International (pp. 975-978). IEEE

Contact informationmel.fed@gmail.com
mfedrigo@student.unimelb.edu.au
Tel: +61 3 8344 2078

School of Ecosystem & Forest Sciences, The University of Melbourne, Australia

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