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Fi Freestone

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

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Biography

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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