• The University of Western Australia (M087), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Fiona (Fi) has worked in freshwater plant ecology for 10+ years, undertaking vegetation surveys in remote locations across Australia (VIC, NSW, WA, NT). She has a Masters in Environmental Science and is currently a Research Associate, providing support across numerous projects within the National Environmental Science Program (NESP) Resilient Landscapes Hub.

Previous projects with the NESP Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub include;

  • water needs of riparian and wetland vegetation along the lower Fitzroy River, WA
  • effect of magnesium sulfate on riparian trees impacted by mine site contamination
  • assessment of tools for monitoring savanna riparian vegetation

Fi specialises in semi-arid wetland vegetation and has a great love of understorey plants that can survive in harsh conditions. In particular, she is interested in plant resilience mechanisms and how plant communities respond to disturbance such as flooding or fire.

Current projects

Fi works across a diverse range of projects within the NESP Resilient Landscapes Hub. Current projects include;

  • Ecological and Indigenous values of south-western Australian rivers
  • Enhancing the resilience of urban rivers: informing the regional restoration of the Djarlgaroo Beeliar (Canning River), Perth

For further information, please see https://nesplandscapes.edu.au/about/people/fi-freestone/ 

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 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Science, Masters, environmental science and sustainability, Monash University (Australia)

Education, Bachelor, adult learning and development, Monash University (Australia)

Industry keywords

  • Environmental

Research expertise keywords

  • Arid floodplain and wetland vegetation
  • Riparian vegetation
  • Understorey plants


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