Associates

Associates 2018-07-13T16:47:07+00:00

Christine Groom

Christine completed her undergraduate studies and honours project on the burrowing betting (2000) at Murdoch University before spending nearly 14 years working for the former Department of Parks and Wildlife (and its various predecessors). Christine worked on a variety of projects ranging from fauna translocations and conservation status reviews to analysing patterns in cetacean strandings and entanglements. Her PhD on the spatial ecology and resource use of Carnaby’s cockatoo in the urban landscape was completed in 2015.

She has a particular interest in the conservation of Carnaby’s cockatoo in the urban landscape of Perth and is currently working with local government and not-for-profit organisations on projects aimed at assisting the continued survival of Carnaby’s cockatoo in the urban landscapes.

She is undertaking projects to convert urban parks into cockatoo food gardens and revegetating degraded land with an emphasis on planting locally native plants that provide food for cockatoos. Christine also facilitates workshops for community members interested in creating cockatoo friendly spaces. More information…

Liz Kington

Liz is currently collaborating with the ERIE researchers to assist the Natural Resource Management (NRM) industry bridge the gap between ecological research outcomes and meeting the needs of NRM. Liz has 12 years’ experience working in NRM, alongside the traditional owners of the Noongar community and Wheatbelt farmers. She has applied resilience and systems analysis to environmental planning and developed both social and ecological thresholds of potential concern for the WA Wheatbelt region.

Liz has experience in environmental management and policy research. She is particularly interested in applying resilience theory and Adaptive Environmental Assessment and Management (AEAM) to get the best possible outcome for the environment and community.

Liz is currently working with the National Malleefowl Recovery Team on a large scale adaptive management predator control experiment. This project is part of a National Environment Science Program partnership with the University of Melbourne.

Melinda Moir

I was a postdoc with Richard 2012-2015 where I continued my work on coextinction and also had joint projects with Lori Lach (invasive ants and the Hemiptera that fuel their invasion) and Jodi Price (restoration and the multi-trophic interactions between biota using functional traits).

I left Richard’s lab to take up a senior Research Officer position at the Western Australian Department of Primary Industries and Resource Development (DPIRD). Here I run the DPIRD branch of the Chevron Barrow Island biosecurity project and I am a taxonomic specialist in Hemiptera.

The latter means that, amongst other things, I identify suspect bugs that could be new invasive species, have undertaken lab residentials with other specialists around the country, produced an internet key to the planthopper and leafhopper species of economic concern to Australia, and I was recently involved in running an Australia-New Zealand diagnostic workshop for Plant Health Australia. I also continue with my work in invertebrate conservation through being a member of the WA Threatened Species Scientific Committee member, a member of the Australian Entomological Societies Conservation Committee, and the conservation and biodiversity subject editor for the journal Austral Entomology. More information…..

Michael Smith

Mike currently works for the Australian Wildlife Conservancy as the Regional Ecologist for the organisation’s south west region. Mike manages a team of ecologists and oversees the ecology and research programs at four sanctuaries: Paruna, Karakamia, Faure Island, and Mt Gibson (http://www.australianwildlife.org/sanctuaries.aspx). In addition to comprehensive programs to monitor extant and reintroduced wildlife, Mike and his team have also embarked on a significant translocation program to reinstate 10 regionally extinct mammal species to Mt Gibson. Populations of Numbats, Woylies, Greater Bilbies, Greater Stick-nest Rats, Western Barred Bandicoots, Banded Hare-wallabies, Shark Bay Mice, and Red-tailed Phascogales are currently being established. Chuditch and Brushtail Possums are next on the list.

In previous incarnations, Mike worked as a conservation planning specialist at the then Department of Parks and Wildlife, as a Natural Resource Manager for Parks Australia, a Research Scientist for the Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research and previous to that in various Post-Doctoral Research positions.

Mike is also currently involved with the National Environmental Science Programme (http://www.nespthreatenedspecies.edu.au/projects/learning-from-translocations). Some of his current research projects include piloting scat-DNA monitoring to estimate the population size of Bilbies and Banded Hare-wallabies, developing monitoring approaches for tricky species, identifying the drivers of population change and then managing them. More information…

Mike Perring

Since leaving ERIE, Mike has been working at the Forest & Nature Lab, Ghent University in Belgium, aiming to understand interactions between land use legacies and contemporary change. These interactions are potentially important to understanding plant community change, and thus guiding restoration and management. This research reflects his major interest in understanding environmental change effects on terrestrial ecosystems. While in Belgium, he has maintained an active involvement in the Ridgefield Experiment which he helped design, and through the global network TreeDivNet, facilitated by his Adjunct Lecturer position at UWA. Ridgefield reflects his interest in ecosystem service delivery from restoration projects through the use of plant traits, and the philosophy and practice of restoration in the current era. As well as supervising a number of PhD students, Mike will be contributing to a course on ecological restoration in the high Andes of Ecuador in October 2018. More information…..

Rachel Standish

Since leaving ERIE, Rachel secured a tenured positon as Senior Lecturer at Murdoch University. At Murdoch, she co-leads the Terrestrial Ecology Research Group with Joe Fontaine. The group is sustained by a lively and productive team of PhD, Masters and Honours students.

Rachel’s current research focuses on plant community assembly, ecological impacts of climate change and application of the resilience concept to ecosystem management. She supervises PhD students working on a diversity of projects including oldfield restoration, urban impacts on native insect pollinators and facilitation among plants in community assembly.

Her long-time collaboration with friend and mentor Richard Hobbs remains active. They are currently scheming with Mike Perring to keep the Ridgefield Experiment funded into the future. More information…