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Dr Martin Breed

Martin Breed
Beacon Fellow
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Sciences

Genomics, conservation, and restoration of degraded land

*see Teaching tab for postdoc, PhD and honours opportunities*

I lead the Future of Restoration group, which aims to better understand restoration science by tackling emerging and pressing issues of how people repair, manage, use and interact with their environment, for the betterment of people and nature.

Employing a broad multidisciplinary approach has enabled me to work across many fields. Specifically, I use evolutionary biology, population genetics, and public health approaches, coupled with modern genomics and statistics. Most of my work is fundamentally applied in nature, providing many opportunities to work closely with a diverse suite of collaborators, including public and community NGOs, commercial enterprises, primary industry, and government.

My research achievements include the award of two research fellowships (one from the Australian Research Council 2014-2017; one from the University of Adelaide 2018-current), a Young Tall Poppy Award from the Australian Institute of Policy & Science (2015), and the South Australian Science Excellence Award for PhD Research Excellence (2013). I have attracted >$7 million in research funds since completing my PhD in 2013, published >40 research articles that have been cited >1000 times since 2011, and have supervised/am supervising >11 Honours/Masters/PhD students.

Research highlights include pioneering the integration of genomics into restoration science, redefining the study of gene flow and mating systems of plants in fragmented landscapes, and leading to global revision of seed sourcing strategies under global change. I serve on numerous boards, including the editorial board for Restoration Ecology, the IUCN Species Survival Commission – Conservation Genetics Specialist Group, the Technical Advisory Committee for Trees For Life (an SA environmental NGO), and the executive advisory committee for the Australian Smart Cities Consortium.

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Dr Martin Breed

Genomics, conservation, and restoration of degraded land

*see Teaching tab for postdoc, PhD and honours opportunities*

I lead the Future of Restoration group, which aims to better understand restoration science by tackling emerging and pressing issues of how people repair, manage, use and interact with their environment, for the betterment of people and nature.

Employing a broad multidisciplinary approach has enabled me to work across many fields. Specifically, I use evolutionary biology, population genetics, and public health approaches, coupled with modern genomics and statistics. Most of my work is fundamentally applied in nature, providing many opportunities to work closely with a diverse suite of collaborators, including public and community NGOs, commercial enterprises, primary industry, and government.

My research achievements include the award of two research fellowships (one from the Australian Research Council 2014-2017; one from the University of Adelaide 2018-current), a Young Tall Poppy Award from the Australian Institute of Policy & Science (2015), and the South Australian Science Excellence Award for PhD Research Excellence (2013). I have attracted >$7 million in research funds since completing my PhD in 2013, published >40 research articles that have been cited >1000 times since 2011, and have supervised/am supervising >11 Honours/Masters/PhD students.

Research highlights include pioneering the integration of genomics into restoration science, redefining the study of gene flow and mating systems of plants in fragmented landscapes, and leading to global revision of seed sourcing strategies under global change. I serve on numerous boards, including the editorial board for Restoration Ecology, the IUCN Species Survival Commission – Conservation Genetics Specialist Group, the Technical Advisory Committee for Trees For Life (an SA environmental NGO), and the executive advisory committee for the Australian Smart Cities Consortium.

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD — email supervisor to discuss availability.

Active projects include:

I am always open to discuss opportunities for research collaborations (incl. postdocs), plus PhD and Honours projects. Please contact me to discuss ideas and funding options, and check out the details above
 

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2018 Beacon Fellow University of Adelaide
2015 - 2017 DECRA Fellow University of Adelaide
2014 - 2015 Postdoc University of Adelaide
2013 - 2014 Postdoc Uppsala University

Awards and Achievements

Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
2018 Fellowship University Beacon Fellowship University of Adelaide
2016 Award Outstanding Early Career Alumnus: James Cook University, College of Science and Engineering James Cook University Australia
2015 Award SA Young Tall Poppy Award Australian Institute of Policy & Science
2015 Fellowship ARC DECRA Fellowship Australian Research Council Australia $355,000
2015 Award Molecular Ecology Reviewer of the Year John Wiley & Sons
2014 Award Molecular Ecology Reviewer of the Year John Wiley & Sons
2013 Award SA Science Excellence Award South Australian Department of State Development
2013 Award Executive Dean's Order of Merit University of Adelaide
2013 Award Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence University of Adelaide

Language Competencies

Language Competency
English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
Swedish Can read, write, speak and understand spoken

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
2009 - 2013 University of Adelaide Australia PhD
2006 - 2008 Uppsala University Sweden MSc
2004 - 2006 James Cook University Australia BAppSci

Research Interests

Journals

Year Citation
2018 Baruch, Z., Jones, A., Hill, K., McInerney, F., Blyth, C., Caddy-Retalic, S., . . . Breed, M. (2018). Functional acclimation across microgeographic scales in Dodonaea viscosa. AoB Plants, 10(3), ply029-1-ply029-15.
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2018 Breed, M. F., Harrison, P. A., Bischoff, A., Durruty, P., Gellie, N. J., Gonzales, E. K., . . . Bucharova, A. (2018). Priority Actions to Improve Provenance Decision-Making. BioScience.
DOI
2018 Yan, D., Mills, J., Gellie, N., Bissett, A., Lowe, A., & Breed, M. (2018). High-throughput eDNA monitoring of fungi to track functional recovery in ecological restoration. Biological Conservation, 217, 113-120.
DOI Scopus1
2018 Gellie, N., Breed, M., Mortimer, P., Harrison, R., Xu, J., & Lowe, A. (2018). Networked and embedded scientific experiments will improve restoration outcomes. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 16(5), 288-294.
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2018 Lowe, A., Breed, M., Caron, H., Colpaert, N., Dick, C., Finegan, B., . . . Cavers, S. (2018). Standardised genetic diversity-life history correlates for improved genetic resource management of Neotropical trees. Diversity and Distributions, 24(6), 730-741.
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2018 Urbina, H., Breed, M., Zhao, W., Lakshmig, K., Andersson, S., Ågren, J., . . . Rosling, A. (2018). Specificity in Arabidopsis thaliana recruitment of root fungal communities from soil and rhizosphere. Fungal Biology, 122(4), 231-240.
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2018 Liddicoat, C., Bi, P., Waycott, M., Glover, J., Breed, M., & Weinstein, P. (2018). Ambient soil cation exchange capacity inversely associates with infectious and parasitic disease risk in regional Australia. Science of the Total Environment, 626, 117-125.
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2018 Breed, M. F., Harrison, P., Bischoff, A., Gellie, N., Gonzales, E., Havens, K., . . . Bucharova, A. (2018). Priority actions to improve provenance decision making. Bioscience.
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.
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2018 Zhang, S., Isermann, M., Gan, W., & Breed, M. (2018). Invasive Rosa rugosa populations outperform native populations, but some populations have greater invasive potential than others. Scientific Reports, 8(1), 8 pages.
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2017 Bissett, A., Fitzgerald, A., Court, L., Meintjes, T., Mele, P., Reith, F., . . . Young, A. (2017). Erratum: Introducing BASE: The Biomes of Australian Soil Environments soil microbial diversity database [GigaScience. 5, 1, (2016) (1-11)] DOI: 10.1186/s13742-016-0126-5. GigaScience, 6(5), 1.
DOI WoS1 Europe PMC1
2017 Mills, J., Weinstein, P., Gellie, N., Weyrich, L., Lowe, A., & Breed, M. (2017). Urban habitat restoration provides a human health benefit through microbiome rewilding: the Microbiome Rewilding Hypothesis. Restoration Ecology, 25(6), 866-872.
DOI Scopus3 WoS1
2017 Bickerton, D., Russell, V. J., Breed, M. F., Wake, R., Davis, N., Hancock, N., . . . Ellis, M. (2017). Best practice provenance for a changing climate: a workshop summary. Australian Plant Conservation, 26(1), 4-6.
2017 Martín-Forés, I., Avilés, M., Acosta-Gallo, B., Breed, M., del Pozo, A., de Miguel, J., . . . Casado, M. (2017). Ecotypic differentiation and phenotypic plasticity combine to enhance the invasiveness of the most widespread daisy in Chile, Leontodon saxatilis. Scientific Reports, 7(1), 1-10.
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2017 Caddy-Retalic, S., Andersen, A., Aspinwall, M., Breed, M., Byrne, M., Christmas, M., . . . Lowe, A. (2017). Bioclimatic transect networks: powerful observatories of ecological change. Ecology and Evolution, 7(13), 4607-4619.
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2017 Broadhurst, L., Breed, M., Lowe, A., Bragg, J., Catullo, R., Coates, D., . . . Byrne, M. (2017). Genetic diversity and structure of the Australian flora. Diversity and Distributions: a journal of conservation biogeography, 23(1), 41-52.
DOI Scopus5 WoS4
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 Scopus3 WoS3
2017 Breed, W., Leigh, C., & Breed, M. (2017). Changes in abundance and reproductive activity of small arid zone murid rodents on an active cattle station in central Australia. Wildlife Research, 44(1), 22-27.
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2017 Gellie, N., Mills, J., Breed, M., & Lowe, A. (2017). Revegetation rewilds the soil bacterial microbiome of an old field. Molecular Ecology, 26(11), 2895-2904.
DOI Scopus8 WoS6
2017 Christmas, M., Biffin, E., Breed, M., & Lowe, A. (2017). Targeted capture to assess neutral genomic variation in the narrow-leaf hopbush across a continental biodiversity refugium. Scientific Reports, 7, 41367-1-41367-10.
DOI Scopus2
2016 Christmas, M., Breed, M., & Lowe, A. (2016). Constraints to and conservation implications for climate change adaptation in plants. Conservation Genetics, 17(2), 305-320.
DOI Scopus21 WoS13 Europe PMC3
2016 Breed, M., Gellie, N., & Lowe, A. (2016). Height differences in two eucalypt provenances with contrasting levels of aridity. Restoration Ecology, 24(4), 471-478.
DOI Scopus1 WoS1
2016 Costion, C., Lowe, A., Rossetto, M., Kooyman, R., Breed, M., Ford, A., & Crayn, D. (2016). Building a plant DNA barcode reference library for a diverse tropical flora: an example from Queensland, Australia. Diversity, 8(1), 1-9.
DOI Scopus3
2016 Bissett, A., Fitzgerald, A., Meintjes, T., Mele, P., Reith, F., Dennis, P., . . . Ferrari, B. (2016). Introducing BASE: the Biomes of Australian Soil Environments soil microbial diversity database. GigaScience, 5(1), 1-11.
DOI Scopus20 WoS21 Europe PMC11
2016 Breed, M., Mortimer, P., & Lowe, A. (2016). Restoration: 'Garden of Eden' unrealistic. Nature, 533(7604), 469.
DOI Scopus6 WoS7
2016 Christmas, M., Biffin, E., Breed, M., & Lowe, A. (2016). Finding needles in a genomic haystack: targeted capture identifies clear signatures of selection in a non-model plant species. Molecular Ecology, 25(17), 4216-4233.
DOI Scopus6 WoS5 Europe PMC4
2016 Gellie, N., Breed, M., Thurgate, N., Kennedy, S., & Lowe, A. (2016). Local maladaptation in a foundation tree species: implications for restoration. Biological Conservation, 203, 226-232.
DOI Scopus6 WoS5 Europe PMC1
2016 Lowe, A., Cavers, S., Boshier, D., Breed, M., & Hollingsworth, P. (2016). Erratum: The resilience of forest fragmentation genetics-no longer a paradox-we were just looking in the wrong place (Heredity (2015) 115 (97-99) DOI: 10.1038/hdy.2015.40). Heredity, 116(3), 348.
DOI Scopus1 WoS1
2015 Lowe, A., Cavers, S., Boshier, D., Breed, M., & Hollingsworth, P. (2015). The resilience of forest fragmentation genetics-no longer a paradox-we were just looking in the wrong place. Heredity, 115(2), 97-99.
DOI Scopus23 WoS23 Europe PMC4
2015 Breed, M., Ottewell, K., Gardner, M., Marklund, M., Dormontt, E., & Lowe, A. (2015). Mating patterns and pollinator mobility are critical traits in forest fragmentation genetics. Heredity, In Press(2), 1-7.
DOI Scopus31 WoS28 Europe PMC9
2015 Davies, S., Cavers, S., Finegan, B., White, A., Breed, M., & Lowe, A. (2015). Pollen flow in fragmented landscapes maintains genetic diversity following stand-replacing disturbance in a neotropical pioneer tree, Vochysia ferruginea Mart. Heredity, In Press(2), 1-5.
DOI Scopus8 WoS9 Europe PMC3
2015 Breed, M., Ottewell, K., Gardner, M., Marklund, M., Stead, M., Harris, J., & Lowe, A. (2015). Mating system and early viability resistance to habitat fragmentation in a bird-pollinated eucalypt. Heredity, In Press(2), 1-8.
DOI Scopus16 WoS16 Europe PMC7
2014 Breed, M., Christmas, M., & Lowe, A. (2014). Higher levels of multiple paternities increase seedling survival in the long-lived tree eucalyptus gracilis. PLoS One, 9(2), e90478-1-e90478-9.
DOI Scopus10 WoS10 Europe PMC8
2014 Dormontt, E., Gardner, M., Breed, M., Rodger, J., Prentis, P., & Lowe, A. (2014). Genetic bottlenecks in time and space: reconstructing invasions from contemporary and historical collections. PLoS One, 9(9), e106874-1-e106874-11.
DOI Scopus6 WoS6 Europe PMC3
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 WoS9 Europe PMC4
2014 Guerin, G., Martín-Forés, I., Biffin, E., Baruch, Z., Breed, M., Christmas, M., . . . Lowe, A. (2014). Global change community ecology beyond species-sorting: a quantitative framework based on mediterranean-biome examples. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 23(10), 1062-1072.
DOI Scopus3 WoS3
2013 Breed, M., Stead, M., Ottewell, K., Gardner, M., & Lowe, A. (2013). Which provenance and where? Seed sourcing strategies for revegetation in a changing environment. Conservation Genetics, 14(1), 1-10.
DOI Scopus110 WoS84 Europe PMC27
2013 Rudh, A., Breed, M., & Qvarnstrom, A. (2013). Does aggression and explorative behaviour decrease with lost warning colouration?. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 108(1), 116-126.
DOI Scopus18 WoS20
2012 Breed, M., Marklund, M., Ottewell, K., Gardner, M., Harris, J., & Lowe, A. (2012). Pollen diversity matters: revealing the neglected effect of pollen diversity on fitness in fragmented landscapes. Molecular Ecology, 21(24), 5955-5968.
DOI Scopus31 WoS32 Europe PMC17
2012 Murphy, N., Breed, M., Guzik, M., Cooper, S., & Austin, A. (2012). Trapped in desert springs: phylogeography of Australian desert spring snails. Journal of Biogeography, 39(9), 1573-1582.
DOI Scopus22 WoS20
2012 Breed, M., Gardner, M., Ottewell, K., Navarro, C., & Lowe, A. (2012). Shifts in reproductive assurance strategies and inbreeding costs associated with habitat fragmentation in Central American mahogany. Ecology Letters, 15(5), 444-452.
DOI Scopus34 WoS39 Europe PMC19
2011 Breed, A., Breed, M., Meers, J., & Field, H. (2011). Evidence of endemic Hendra Virus infection in flying-foxes (Pteropus conspicillatus) - implications for disease risk management. PLoS One, 6(12), 1-7.
DOI Scopus31 WoS22 Europe PMC20
2011 Weeks, A., Sgro, C., Young, A., Frankham, R., Mitchell, N., Miller, K., . . . Hoffmann, A. (2011). Assessing the benefits and risks of translocations in changing environments: a genetic perspective. Evolutionary Applications (print), 4(6), 709-725.
DOI Scopus276 WoS257 Europe PMC127
2011 Breed, M., Ottewell, K., Gardner, M., & Lowe, A. (2011). Clarifying climate change adaptation responses for scattered trees in modified landscapes. Journal of Applied Ecology, 48(3), 637-641.
DOI Scopus17 WoS17 Europe PMC7

Conference Items

Year Citation
2018 Broadhurst, L., Prober, S., Boggs, G., Bush, D., Lynch, J., & Breed, M. F. (2018). Guidelines for establishing experimental plantings in restoration projects. Poster session presented at the meeting of NRM Science Conference. Adelaide, SA.
2017 Mills, J. G., Weinstein., Gellie., Weyrich., Lowe., & Breed. (2017). Restoration of urban green spaces rewilds the environmental microbiome with associated shifts in the human microbiome.. Poster session presented at the meeting of Society for Ecological Restoration. Foz do Iguacu, Brazil.
2017 Breed, M. F., Gellie, N., & Lowe, A. J. (2017). Alternative provenancing strategies, theory and empirical evidence. Poster session presented at the meeting of Using non-local plants for restoration – fallacy or fundamental?. Iguassu, Brazil.
2017 Lowe, A. J., Gellie, N., Mills, J., & Breed, M. F. (2017). Future challenges in restoration plantings, and their potential solutions. Poster session presented at the meeting of Using non-local plants for restoration – fallacy or fundamental?. Iguassu, Brazil.
2017 Breed, M. F., Gellie, N., Mills J., & Lowe, A. J. (2017). Revegetation rewilds the soil bacterial microbiome of an old field. Poster session presented at the meeting of Harnessing new genetic approaches to improve restoration success. Shenzhen, China.
2016 Gellie, N., Breed, M. F., & Lowe, A. J. (2016). Laboratories for restoration science - developing the evidence base for resilient landscape restoration. Poster session presented at the meeting of Conservation genetics. Hamilton, NZ.
2016 Mills, J., Breed, M. F., Gellie, N., & Lowe, A. (2016). Revegetation rewilds the bacterial microbiome of an old field. Poster session presented at the meeting of Conservation genetics. Hamilton, NZ.
2016 Breed, M. F., Gellie, N., & Lowe, A. (2016). How can restoration avoid genetic ghettos, adapt to climate change, and effectively monitor success?. Poster session presented at the meeting of Conservation genetics. Hamilton, NZ.
2016 Breed, M. F., Gellie, N., & Lowe, A. (2016). How can restoration avoid genetic ghettos, adapt to climate change, and effectively monitor success?. Poster session presented at the meeting of Holistic conservation. Melbourne, Aus.
2016 Lowe, A. J., Breed, M., Gellie, N., Guerin, G. R., Mills, J., & Christmas, M. (2016). Restoring South Australia's native vegetation. Poster session presented at the meeting of ''Botany 2016 – Past, Present and Future' Symposium. South Australian NRM Science Conference.. The University of Adelaide.
2015 Gellie, N., Breed, M., & Lowe, A. (2015). That big tree’s not from around here – provenance decision –making during uncertain times. Poster session presented at the meeting of Synthesising restoration outcomes in agricultural and mined landscapes. Adelaide, Aus.
2015 Breed, M., & Lowe, A. (2015). Seed quality shifts and managing plant genetic resources in fragmented landscapes. Poster session presented at the meeting of Restoration genetics. Manchester, UK.
2015 Gellie, N., Breed, M., & Lowe, A. (2015). Laboratories for restoration science - developing the evidence base for cost-effective and resilient landscape restoration. Poster session presented at the meeting of Restoration resilience. Manchester, UK.
2015 Christmas, M., Breed, M., Biffin, E., & Lowe, A. (2015). Signatures of selection across the landscape: Using genomic tools to inform restoration and conservation practice. Poster session presented at the meeting of Future direction for conservation. Manchester, UK.

Datasets

Year Citation
2017 Gellie, N., Mills, J. G., Breed, M. F., & Lowe, A. J. (2017). Revegetation rewilds the soil bacterial microbiome of an old field. Part 2: Soil chemistry.
DOI
2017 Gellie, N., Mills, J., Breed, M., & Lowe, A. (2017). Revegetation rewilds the soil bacterial microbiome of an old field. Part 1: OTU raw data matrix.
DOI
2016 Gellie, N. J. C., Breed, M. F., Thurgate, N., Kennedy, S. A., & Lowe, A. (2016). Local maladaptation in a foundation tree species: implications for restoration. Part 1; survival.
DOI
2016 Gellie, N., Breed, M., Thurgate, N., Kennedy, S. A., & Lowe, A. J. (2016). Local maladaptation in a foundation tree species: implications for restoration. Part 2 growth.
DOI
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.
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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
2015 Breed, M. F., & Lowe, A. J. (2015). Higher Levels of Multiple Paternities Increase Seedling Survival in the Long-Lived Tree Eucalyptus gracilis.
DOI
2014 Breed, M. F., & Lowe, A. J. (2014). Mating system and early viability resistance to habitat fragmentation in a bird-pollinated eucalypt.
DOI
2013 Breed, M. F., & Lowe, A. J. (2013). Mating patterns and pollinator mobility are critical traits in forest fragmentation genetics.
DOI
2012 Breed, M. F., & Lowe, A. J. (2012). Pollen diversity matters: revealing the neglected effect of pollen diversity on fitness in fragmented landscapes.
DOI

Category 1 and Major Research Grants

Kendrick G, Breed MF, Krauss S, Stephen J (2018-2020). Seagrass adaptation and acclimation responses to extreme climatic events. ARC Discovery DP180100668 ($525k)

CIs: Lowe AJ, Dall D, Rader R, Cunningham S. PIs: Hogendoorn K, Breed MF, Thurgate N, Guerin G, O'Connor P, Olderoyd B, Latty T and 15 industry partners (2016-2020) Securing Pollination for More Productive Agriculture: guidelines for effective pollinator management and stakeholder adoption. Commonwealth Dept Ag & Rural R&D For Profit Fund ($4.5M from Dept Ag + $2.7M partner cash)

Connor J, Cavagnaro T, Lowe AJ, Breed MF, O’Connor P. (2017-2019) Assessing South Australian carbon offset supply and policy for co-beneficial offsets. Goyder Institute CA-17-02 ($250k)

Breed MF (2015-2018). Understanding adaptation of plants along environmental clines. ARC DECRA DE150100542 ($355k)

Lowe AJ, Breed MF, Byrne M, Lascoux M, Stephen J, Vendramin GG (2015-2018). Understanding adaptation to improve conservation of Australian flora. ARC Discovery DP150103414 ($373k)

 

Other Research Grants

Breed MF (2017-2020). Optimizing today’s restoration for tomorrow’s challenges. University of Adelaide Beacon Fellowship (ca. $330k, includes 3 years full salary plus research support)

Breed MF (2016-2017). Adaptive potential in Dodonaea viscosa as a model for plant climate change adaptation. Thomas Davies Research Fund ($10k)

Breed MF, Lowe AJ (2015-2016). Metabarcoding to demonstrate re-gain of soil function after ecological restoration. BioPlatforms Australia (ca. $50k)

 

Contract research

2018-2019 Acacia Whibleyana Conservation Genetics Project. DEWNR. ($20k)

2017-2019 Maireana sedifolia rehabilitation efficiency and success. Iluka Resources Ltd. ($106k)

2016-2017 Rehabilitation of soil function. Iluka Resources Ltd. ($17k)

2016-2017 Maireana sedifolia seed collection and production. Iluka Resources Ltd. ($65k)

OPPORTUNTIES

I am always open to discuss opportunities for research collaborations (incl. postdocs), plus PhD and Honours projects – contact me!

Postdocs: The Australian Research Council funds salary and project costs for basic and applied research for excellent applicants up to 5 years post-PhD (http://www.arc.gov.au/discovery-early-career-researcher-award). There are also competitive domestic (e.g. UofA Beacon Fellowships, UofA Ramsay Fellowships) and several international postdoc schemes.

PhDs: A 3-year research program on exciting, novel and often interdisciplinary projects. I place strong emphasis on student training and mentoring, including how to design and undertake excellent research, how to publish in international journals, how to communicate your work to a broad audience, and how to submit competitive grant applications. International and domestic candidates can receive scholarships for living expenses and pay no tuition fees (more info: https://www.adelaide.edu.au/graduatecentre/scholarships/). Intake is twice per year. Get in touch with me if you’re interested!

Honours degree: Similar to a PhD, but just a year (https://sciences.adelaide.edu.au/study/honours). Intake is twice per year. See here for some example honours projects with me

 

Teaching experience

Having only held research-only fellowships and research grant funded postdoc positions, I have had little opportunity to be involved with undergraduate teaching. Accordingly, my career focus has been on research. However, despite this research focus, I have still been the supervisor of 17 undergraduate research students at the University of Adelaide since 2014 (6-10 week projects). These students have largely been summer research scholarship students or BSc Advanced Practice and Principles of Research III interns.

Further to these undergraduate research students, I have had ad hoc undergraduate teaching responsibilities at the University of Adelaide. I led the conservation genetics tutorial for Conservation and Restoration Level III in 2014 (ENV BIOL 3008), tutored this same practical in 2016, have been an examiner of Honours Research Hypothesis and Experimental Proposal in 2016 and 2017 (SCIENCE 4100A/B), and a tutor of BSc Advanced Principles and Practice in Research II and III in 2014, 2015 and 2016 (SCIENCE 3100, SCIENCE 2300). At Uppsala University, Sweden, I was tutor of the Evolutionary Processes postgraduate course in 2013. 

Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
2018 Principal Supervisor Pollination and Ecosystem Services Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Dona Kireta
2018 Principal Supervisor Rewilding urban greenspace microbiomes Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jacob Geoffrey Mills
2018 Co-Supervisor The influence of the gastrointestinal microbiome on the development and severity of ulcerative colitis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Karmen Diane Telfer
2017 Co-Supervisor Looking for Microbiotic Treatment for Crohn's Disease in the Natural Environment Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Harrison Radclife Sydnor
2017 Principal Supervisor Studies of Adaptation to Inform Seed Selection for Restoration Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Colette Blyth
2014 Co-Supervisor Investigation of Revegetation Patterns and Resilience and Viability of Revegetated Areas Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Kimberly Peta McCallum

Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
2014 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Best Practice Restoration: Building The Evidence-Base for Restoring Eucalypt Woodlands of Southern Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Nick Gellie

Other Supervision Activities

Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
2016 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Developing operational indicators of ecological restoration success University of Adelaide Postdoctorate Dongfeng Yan
2016 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Next-generation urban green space restoration University of Adelaide Honours Jacob Mills
2015 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Chemical signatures of adaptation in Dodonaea viscosa University of Adelaide Honours Ellyse Bunney
2015 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Population genetic structure of 3 Goodenia species in South Australia University of Adelaide Honours Dona Kireta

Committee Memberships

Date Role Committee Institution Country
2017 - ongoing Advisory Board Member Australian Smart Cities Consortium University of Adelaide Australia
2016 - ongoing Member IUCN Species Survival Commission - Conservation Genetics Specialist Group IUCN Germany
2016 - ongoing Member Securing pollination for more productive agriculture University of Adelaide Australia
2016 - ongoing Advisory Board Member Trees For Life Technical Advisory Committee Australia

Memberships

Date Role Membership Country
2018 - ongoing Member The Australian Society for Microbiology Australia
2017 - ongoing Member The Genetics Society United Kingdom
2017 - ongoing Member The Royal Society of South Australia Australia
2016 - ongoing Member Australian Network for Plant Conservation Australia
2015 - ongoing Member International Network for Seed-Based Restoration United States
2015 - ongoing Member The Royal Institution of Australia Inc. Australia
2014 - ongoing Member Genetics Society of Australasia Australia
2014 - ongoing Member Australian Transect Network Australia
2011 - ongoing Member British Ecological Society United Kingdom
2009 - ongoing Member Society for Ecological Restoration United States
2008 - ongoing Member Society for Conservation Biology United States
2008 - ongoing Member Ecology Society of Australia Australia

Editorial Boards

Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
2018 - ongoing Editor EcoHealth EcoHealth Alliance United States
2016 - ongoing Editor Restoration Ecology Society for Ecological Restoration United States
Position
Beacon Fellow
Phone
83131706
Campus
North Terrace
Building
The Braggs Building, floor 2
Room Number
2 43
Org Unit
School of Biological Sciences

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