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Kimberly McCallum

Kimberly McCallum
Higher Degree by Research Candidate
PhD Candidate
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Sciences

I am a PhD Candidate working with the Paton and Lowe research groups at the University of Adelaide. The aim of my research is to determine how planting arrangements influence pollination and seed production in a revegetated system and if more natural plant arrangements should be re-created during revegetation.

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Kimberly McCallum

I am a PhD Candidate working with the Paton and Lowe research groups at the University of Adelaide. The aim of my research is to determine how planting arrangements influence pollination and seed production in a revegetated system and if more natural plant arrangements should be re-created during revegetation.

Background

I studied a Bachelor of Science with majors in Ecology and Wildlife at the University of Adelaide, before completing honours in 2011. During honours I undertook a research project as part of TREND (Transect for Environmental Monitoring and Decision Making), assessing how a species of shrub endemic to South Australia may be affected by climate change. After completing honours I worked as an environmental consultant in GIS and ecology before returning to the University of Adelaide in 2014 to start my PhD in my main area of interest, revegetation. My research is looking into the role of planting arrangement on pollination and seed production in a revegetated area.  I am supervised by Associate Professor David Paton, Professor Andy Lowe and Dr Martin Breed.

Research Topic

In general, little thought is given to the fine-scale arrangement of plants during revegetation and this may limit the success of plantings. Planting arrangement may influence plant growth, ecological processes (pollination, competition), and habitat value. However, despite this, the role of planting layout remains poorly understood. My research is working to close that gap by determining if ecological processes are influenced by planting arrangement. Specifically, eucalypt seed production, germination, pollination, inbreeding and gene flow are being examined as a function of population density, nearest neighbour distance and level of aggregation. Additionally, I have also undertaken detailed surveys of Eucalyptus leucoxylon dominated woodlands in the Mt Lofty and Southern Flinders Ranges to get a better understanding of the natural arrangements of species within this region and to determine ways to incorporate this information in revegetation design.

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2014 PhD Candidate The University of Adelaide

Awards and Achievements

Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
2014 Scholarship The Noel and Vivian Lothian Scholarship
2011 Research Award The John Bagot Medal for the best Honours Thesis in Botany
2011 Scholarship Bert and Eileen Kollosche Scholarship for preservation of Australian flora.
2010 Award Outstanding academic achievement award for Level III Ecology, Evolution and Landscape Science.
2010 Award Faculty of Sciences Outstanding Academic Achievement Award
2010 Scholarship SA Water Undergraduate Scholarship in Environmental Sciences
2009 Award Faculty of Sciences Outstanding Academic Achievement Award

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
The University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science (Honours)

Research Interests

Journals

Year Citation
2018 McCallum, K., Lowe, A., Breed, M., & Paton, D. (2018). Spatially designed revegetation - why the spatial arrangement of plants should be as important to revegetation as they are to natural systems. Restoration Ecology, 26(3), 446-455.
DOI
2018 McCallum, K., Breed, M. F., Paton, D., & Lowe, A. (2018). Clumped planting arrangements improve seed production in a revegetated eucalypt woodland. Restoration Ecology.
2017 Baruch, Z., Christmas, M., Breed, M., Guerin, G., Caddy-Retalic, S., McDonald, J., . . . Lowe, A. (2017). Leaf trait associations with environmental variation in the wide-ranging shrub Dodonaea viscosa subsp. angustissima (Sapindaceae). Austral Ecology, 42(5), 553-561.
DOI Scopus5 WoS5
2014 McCallum, K., Guerin, G., Breed, M., & Lowe, A. (2014). Combining population genetics, species distribution modelling and field assessments to understand a species vulnerability to climate change. Austral Ecology, 39(1), 17-28.
DOI Scopus11 WoS10 Europe PMC5
2013 McCallum, K., McDougall, F., & Seymour, R. (2013). A review of the energetics of pollination biology. Journal of Comparative Physiology B-Biochemical Systemic and Environmental Physiology, 183(7), 867-876.
DOI Scopus17 WoS15 Europe PMC8

Conference Items

Year Citation
2016 McCallum, K. P. (2016). McCallum K, Paton D, Lowe A and Breed M, 2016. Is planting arrangement important? The role of population density and aggregation on seed production in a revegetated woodland.. Poster session presented at the meeting of NRM Science Conference, Adelaide, South Australia..

Theses

Year Citation
2011 McCallum, K. P. (2011). An integrated approach to evaluating species vulnerability and conservation strategies in a changing climate (Honours Thesis).

Datasets

Year Citation
2016 Baruch, Z., Christmas, M., Breed, M. F., Guerin, G. R., Caddy-Retalic, S., McDonald, J., . . . Lowe, A. J. (2016). Leaf trait associations with environmental variation in the wide-ranging shrub Dodonaea viscosa subsp. angustissima (Sapindaceae) Part 1: Latitude.
DOI
2016 Baruch, Z., Christmas, M., Breed, M. F., Guerin, G. R., Caddy-Retalic, S., McDonald, J. T., . . . Lowe, A. J. (2016). Leaf trait associations with environmental variation in the wide-ranging shrub Dodonaea viscosa subsp. angustissima (Sapindaceae) Part 2: Elevation.
DOI

2014

  • Australian Wildlife Society - $1000
  • Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment - $6000
  • Nature Foundation of South Australia - $2500

2015

  • Field Naturalists Society of South Australia - $2580
  • Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment - $6500
  • BioR - $6000

2016

  • Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment - $2500

Committee Memberships

Date Role Committee Institution Country
2014 - ongoing Board Member Biology Society of South Australia

Memberships

Date Role Membership Country
2015 - ongoing Member Ecological Society of South Australia
2014 - ongoing Member Biology Society of South Australia
2014 - ongoing Member Australian Wildlife Society
Position
PhD Candidate
Phone
83137140
Campus
North Terrace
Building
Benham Laboratories, floor 1
Room Number
1 18
Org Unit
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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