Alison O'Donnell

Dr, BSc PhD W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M090), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Biography

I have a broad research interest in biogeography and landscape ecology in relation to climate variability and fire regimes. I am particularly interested in utilising dendrochronology (tree ring) techniques to understand past climates and fire regimes of arid and semi-arid regions in Western Australia. I also have an ongoing interest in improving understanding of the interactions between climate and fire and vegetation, topography and ecosystem processes.

Funding overview

2015 A drought atlas for Western Australia from tree rings, Research Collaboration Award, The University of Western Australia

2014 ITRAX measurements of tree ring density and chemistry to reconstruct past rainfall patterns in NW Australia, Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) research award

Current projects

My current research is focused on reconstructing past rainfall variability of the Pilbara region in north-west Australia and the wheatbelt region of southwest Australia using the width and stable isotope composition of growth rings of Callitris columellaris trees.

Industrial relevance

Fire ecology and management
Sustainable management of semi-arid landscapes

Research

Fire ecology – temporal and spatial patterns of wildfires
Semi-arid landscape ecology
Dendrochronology and paleoclimate research

Languages

English

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Research expertise keywords

  • Dendroclimatology and tree ring studies
  • Fire ecology
  • Landscape ecology

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