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The Monitor - Issue 5 - Farewell to Paul Drake

Dr Paul Drake has been employed as a postdoctoral research fellow at Murdoch University for the past two-and-a-half years working with Project 1.2.1. Paul’s work has been largely completed and he is now moving on to his next challenge.Paul Drake in field

Project 1.2.2 aims to provide options on how to best sustain plantation site productivity and resources through multiple Eucalyptus globulus rotations. Paul’s research, a collaborative study with scientists from CSIRO and Murdoch University, contrasted the physiological traits of coppice and second-generation seedlings in a multiple rotation framework.  So far, research has added to our understanding of the mechanics of: (a) the allocation of resources during early development of coppice (paper in press), and (b) the constraints on stomatal conductance imposed by the scaling of stomatal size and density (paper under review).

The results of this physiological work offer a more complete understanding of the physiological plant processes involved in coppicing.  More immediately, the results have allowed the parameratisation of the physiological growth model, CABALA, for these specific growth forms.

Paul finished in the position on 13 February, and thanked everyone in the project, in particular mention of Dr Daniel Mendham, Dr Don White and Prof. Bernie Dell. Before leaving, he said “I am grateful for the opportunity provided by the CRC for Forestry and I wholeheartedly endorse the training afforded by the graduate and postdoctoral program”.

Paul Drake in fieldPaul now moves on to work for the Western Australian state government in the area of biodiversity conservation. He intends to maintain his collaboration with the CRC project team to ensure the completion of the work on second-rotation water balance and carbohydrate mobilisation in coppice.

On behalf of the program and the broader CRC community, I congratulate Paul on his work over the past few years and wish him well in his new endeavour.

Dr Mark Hunt

Program Manager
Tel: 07 54565760