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.
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.
|2014||PhD Candidate||The University of Adelaide|
|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||—||—||—|
|—||The University of Adelaide||Australia||Bachelor of Science (Honours)|
|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..|
|2011||McCallum, K. P. (2011). An integrated approach to evaluating species vulnerability and conservation strategies in a changing climate (Honours Thesis).|
|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
|2014 - ongoing||Board Member||Biology Society of South Australia||—||—|
|2015 - ongoing||Member||Ecological Society of South Australia||—|
|2014 - ongoing||Member||Biology Society of South Australia||—|
|2014 - ongoing||Member||Australian Wildlife Society||—|