Higher Degree by Research Candidate
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Sciences
Monique Smith is a PhD candidate studying restoration ecology with a particular focus on restoring abandoned farmland (old-fields) back into native grasslands or grassy woodlands.
I am interested in combining applied and mechanistic understanding of restoration techniques to provide information to guide restoration practises. In particular, my PhD uses both glasshouse and field trials to dig a bit deeper into common practices for restoring abandoned farmland back into native grasslands.
My broad questions are:
What are the best techniques for preparing a site for planting that can change environmental conditions to favour native grasses over invasive grasses?
What role does soil microbial communities play in restoration?
How can we plant native grasses so that they are resilient to future weed invasions?
|2016||Council of Australasian Weed Societies Travel Grant||$2,000|
|2016||Australian Wildlife Society University Research Grant||$1,500|
|2015||Australian Flora Foundation Research Grant||$12,500|
|2015||Native Grasses Resource Group Fund||$2,800|
|2015||Nature Foundation SA Project Grant||$6,000|
|2015||Equity Trustees Foundation Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment||$7,200|
|2015||Field Naturalists Society of SA Lirabenda Endowment Fund||$3,000|
|2014||Equity Trustees Foundation Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment||$6,000|
|2014||Nature Foundation SA Scholarship Grant||$2,700|
|2016||Tutor for ITAS||Ecophysiology of Plants III|
|2016||Tutor for ITAS||Conservation and Restoration III|
|2016||Tutor for ITAS||Soil and Water Resources II|
|2016||Tutor for ITAS||Research Methods in Ecology III|
|2014-2016||Demonstrator||Concepts in Ecology III|
|2014-2015||Demonstrator||Ecological Issues I|
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2015 - 2016 Member Postgraduate Symposium Committee The University of Adelaide —
Date Role Membership Country 2016 - ongoing — British Ecological Society — 2015 - ongoing — Society for Ecological Restoration — 2014 - ongoing — Australian Wildlife Society — 2014 - ongoing — Ecological Society of Australia —
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