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Subproject 4.2.2 Student update, December 2011

Tanya Bailey (PhD student, UTAS) is researching eucalypt restoration in the Midlands area of Tasmania.  She recently had a paper accepted by Forest Ecology and Management on her seedling micro-site work (read abstract) and will submit her thesis in February. In October Tanya and her team planted 35,000 seedlings at a site in Bothwell (Tasmania) for a Greening Australia/ARC project and in November they planted part of a third site at Meadowbank that will be completed in autumn next year.

Mayumi Knight (PhD student, UMelb) for the last 3 years has been studying the influence that surrounding forestry plantations have on bird and bat biodiversity within remnant vegetation patches in south-eastern South Australia and south-western Victoria. She is about to finish her last field data collection trip, during which she will be completing vegetation surveys for all her sites. This will allow her to finish ongoing data analyses and to write her thesis (aiming for a submission in late 2012). Over the next few months Mayumi will submit papers to scientific journals relating to her work on birds and bats in remnants in the “Green Triangle”.

Himlal Baral (PhD student, UMelb) uses geographic information system (GIS) technology as a tool for mapping biodiversity and associated ecosystem services in forestry plantation landscapes in the Green Triangle region.  He recently submitted papers to Forest Ecology and Management and Biodiversity and Conservation and is awaiting feedback from the reviewers.  These papers, together with two manuscripts that will be written next year, will form the core of Himlal’s thesis which he plans to submit by the end of 2012.

Katarzyna (Kasia) Bialkowski (Murdoch University) is studying microbial activities in the soil for the purpose of managing biodiversity in native forest remnants within blue gum plantations in south west Western Australia.  She is currently writing her thesis.