Tag Archives: Jane Catford

PhD on ecosystem restoration & plant-soil feedbacks

Applications are now open for a fully funded PhD position at the University of Southampton, UK starting in the 2018/2019 academic year under the supervision of Bjorn Robroek, Robert Griffiths and me. The project will examine the potential for plant-soil interactions … Continue reading

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Moving to the University of Southampton

In July, I will be shifting my office some 17,107 km to the University of Southampton. I’ll be starting a lectureship (equivalent of Assistant Professor) in Community Ecology in the Centre for Biological Sciences where I’ll be part of the Environmental Biosciences research group. … Continue reading

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Weed or feed? New pasture plants intensify invasive species risk

To meet increasing demands for livestock production, agribusinesses around the world are breeding new varieties of pasture plants. Unfortunately, many of the plant characteristics promoted for use in pasture – higher growth rates, greater resistance to disease, higher tolerance of environmental … Continue reading

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Flow regulation and drought drive riparian plant invasion

Ecologists, like epidemiologists, are often confronted with the challenge of trying to determine causality by piecing together bits of information observed in nature. When the presence or absence of a species at a site is affected by the characteristics of … Continue reading

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A fabulous surprise! Australian Society for Limnology award

While perusing my emails recently, I had a delightful surprise: an email notifying me that I have been awarded the 2015 Australian Society for Limnology Early Career Excellence Award. The award is given to limnologists based on the contributions they … Continue reading

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Bringing resilience back to its ecological roots

Resilience, along with its sister term, resistance, is among the first ecological concepts taught to ecology undergraduates and remains central to conceiving how ecosystems cope – or do not – with environmental change. Despite its potential importance to conservation decisions … Continue reading

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The divine glory of our nation’s capital

It may come as a shock to some people, but I am delighted to say that Canberra is now my home. For those who aren’t so familiar with Australian snobbery, Canberra (along with our South Australian sister, (R)Adelaide) tends to … Continue reading

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