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Fi Freestone


  • The University of Western Australia (M004), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 3 Citations
  • 1 h-Index

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Personal profile


Fiona has 8 years of experience as a senior research technician, undertaking vegetation surveys in remote locations across Australia (Victoria, south eastern NSW, the Kimberley region in WA and Kakadu in the NT). She has worked in a diverse range of habitats (semi arid floodplain and wetlands, arid and tropical riparian zones, tropical and semi arid savanna, central highlands, coastal regions and cool temperate rainforests) and has a great love of understorey plants that can survive in harsh conditions. In particular, Fiona is interested in plant resilience mechanisms and how plant communities respond to disturbance such as fire or flooding.

Current projects

Projects that Fiona is currently working on include;

* Undertaking glasshouse experiments to determine the effect of magnesium sulphate as a mine pollutant on tropical riparian trees

* Field vegetation and plant physiology surveys to research environmental water needs of plants on the Fitzroy River (WA)

* Field work and data analysis to investigate the impacts of burning on riparian vegetation in Kakadu (NT)

* Data analysis of a seedbank germination trial to determine the impact of an invasive weed (gamba grass) on native seed bank composition

* Field surveys to measure fuel loads of an invasive weed (gamba grass) in the NT

Education/Academic qualification

Science, Masters, Monash University

Education, Bachelor, Monash University

Research expertise keywords

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

Industry keywords

  • Environmental

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Research Output

  • 3 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
  • 2 Article
  • 1 Conference presentation/ephemera

Effect of elevated magnesium sulfate on two riparian tree species impacted by mine site contamination

Canham, C. A., Cavalieri, O. Y., Setterfield, S. A., Freestone, F. L. & Hutley, L. B., 1 Dec 2020, In : Scientific Reports. 10, 1, 2880.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • Predicting the occurrence of riparian tree species to inform environmental water planning

    Canham, C., Freestone, F., Loomes, R., Douglas, M., Beesley, L., Gwinn, D. & Setterfield, S., 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference presentation/ephemera

  • Return of the lignum dead: Resilience of an arid floodplain shrub to drought

    Freestone, F. L., Brown, P., Campbell, C. J., Wood, D. B., Nielsen, D. L. & Henderson, M. W., Mar 2017, In : Journal of Arid Environments. 138, p. 9-17 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)


    Effect of elevated magnesium sulfate on two riparian tree species potentially impacted by mine site contamination

    Canham, C. (Creator), Cavalieri, O. Y. (Creator), Setterfield, S. (Creator), Freestone, F. (Creator), Hutley, L. B. (Creator), The University of Western Australia, 19 Feb 2020