Scientific Project Officer
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology
I am currently working as Scientific Officer with TERN (Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network). My role is focused on testing and standardizing ecological field survey methods for monitoring natural resource management projects and undertaking environmental impact assessments.
I completed my PhD with the Paton and Lowe research groups at the University of Adelaide in 2018. The aim of my research was to determine how planting arrangements influence pollination and seed production in a revegetated system and how we can manipulate revegetation plantings to re-create more natural arrangements of plants.
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.
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.
Date Position Institution name 2021 - ongoing TERN Ecosystem Surveillance Scientific Officer The University of Adelaide 2014 - 2018 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 - - -
Date Institution name Country Title 2014 - 2018 The University of Adelaide Australia PhD 2008 - 2011 The University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Year Citation 2021 McCallum, K., Laws, M., Bignall, J., O'Neill, S., & Sparrow, B. (2021). The value of standardised field survey methods for researchers. In A. Gackle (Ed.), Proceedings of the TERN Science Symposium 2021 (pp. 16-20). Brisbane, Australia: The University of Queensland.
2018 McCallum, K. (2018). Re-creating more natural plant arrangements can improve seed production in revegetated woodlands. In Proceedings of Restore, Regenerate, Revegetate: A conference on Restoring Ecological Processes, Ecosystems and Landscapes in a Changing World (pp. 53-54). online: UNE.
Year Citation 2017 McCallum, K., & Paton, D. (2017). Is planting arrangement important?. Poster session presented at the meeting of Restore, Regenerate, Revegetate: A Conference on Restoring Ecological Processes, Ecosystems and Landscapes in a Changing World. Armidale, NSW. 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..
Year Citation 2018 McCallum, K. P. (2018). Clumped planting arrangements can improve the ecological function of revegetated eucalypt woodlands. (PhD Thesis). 2011 McCallum, K. P. (2011). An integrated approach to evaluating species vulnerability and conservation strategies in a changing climate (Honours Thesis).
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.
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.
- Australian Wildlife Society - $1000
- Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment - $6000
- Nature Foundation of South Australia - $2500
- Field Naturalists Society of South Australia - $2580
- Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment - $6500
- BioR - $6000
- Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment - $2500
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2014 - ongoing Board Member Biology Society of South Australia - -
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 -
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