Kimberly McCallum

Kimberly McCallum

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.

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.


  • 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
  • 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: Scientific Project Officer
  • Phone: 83137140
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  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Benham, floor 1
  • Org Unit: Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network

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