School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Sciences
I am based at the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium of South Australia and focus on developing the use of living and preserved plant collections to enhance biodiversity conservation and enable new science. My own research combines biomolecular techniques (stable isotopes, DNA metabarcoding) with traditional ecological survey methods (vegetation metrics, invertebrate trapping) to integrate species change from a population to biome level. My field sites span a strong climate gradient from the south coast of South Australia through the Mt Lofty Ranges, Flinders Ranges, Gammon Ranges and Stony Plains to investigate changes within species, communities and biomes to better understand the interrelationships and drivers of this change.
My role at the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium also includes managing the education and interpretation programs, including the Australian Centre for Horticultural Excellence.
Prior to embarking on my PhD, I worked in environmental policy for the Commonwealth government and managed science projects for the University of Adelaide and Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN). My primary interest is in conducting research to address real world problems and bridging the gap between ecological theory and the current needs of land managers.
Date Institution name Country Title 2014 - 2017 University of Adelaide Australia PhD 2007 - 2008 Flinders University Australia Honours (1st Class) 2003 - 2006 Flinders University Australia Bachelor of Innovation & Enterprise 2003 - 2006 Flinders University Australia Bachelor of Science
Year Citation 2017 Caddy-Retalic, S., Hoffmann, B., Guerin, G. R., Andersen, A., Wardle, G., McInerney, F., & Lowe, A. (2017). The potential decoupling of plant and ant communities with climate change. Poster session presented at the meeting of Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting. Portland, USA. 2016 Guerin, G. R., Caddy-Retalic, S., Christmas, M., & Lowe, A. J. (2016). Projected climate change implications for the South Australian flora. Poster session presented at the meeting of 'Botany 2016 – Past, Present and Future' Symposium. South Australian NRM Science Conference.. The University of Adelaide. 2015 Lowe, A. J., Guerin, G. R., caddy-retalic., & Christmas. (2015). Species and gene turnover along environmental gradients - windows into the future. Poster session presented at the meeting of Interconnectedness. Ecological Society of Australia Annual Conference 2015. The Hilton Hotel, Adelaide. 2015 Baruch, Z., Guerin, G. R., Leitch, E., Tokmakoff, A., Caddy-Retalic, S., Sparrow, B., & Lowe, A. J. (2015). Continental analysis of Australian rangeland vegetation: floristic and structural diversity. Poster session presented at the meeting of Interconnectedness. Ecological Society of Australia Annual Conference 2015. The Hilton Hotel, Adelaide. 2013 Lowe, A. J., Caddy-Retalic, S., Guerin, G. R., Andersen, A., Rossetto, M., van Leeuwen, S., & Sweeney, S. (2013). TREND and the Australian Transect Network: windows to our future environment. Poster session presented at the meeting of TREND Human Dimensions Symposium. Adelaide, SA.
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Year Citation 2015 Guerin, G. R., Sweeney, S. M., Pisanu, P., Caddy-Retalic, S., & Lowe, A. J. (2015). Establishment of an ecosystem transect to address climate change policy questions for natural resource management.
Year Citation 2008 Caddy-Retalic, S. (2008). Thermoregulatory ability in the temperate intertidal gastropod Nerita atramentosa. (Flinders University).
Year Citation 2014 Lowe, A. J., & Caddy-Retalic. (2014). Will the climate debate end up being fought in court?. The Conversation. 2012 lowe., & Caddy-retalic. (2012). Genetically linked, a continent apart: the rise of DNA barcoding. The Conversation. 2012 Caddy-Retalic, S., Caddy-Retalic, S., & Lowe, A. J. (2012). DNA barcoding: a better way to discover species. The Conversation.
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.
Caddy-Retalic, S. & McInerney, F.A. TERN Australian Transect Network (2016) $25K
Caddy-Retalic, S. AW Howard Memorial Trust (2016) $3.5K
Caddy-Retalic, S. & McInerney, F. A. TERN eMast (2015) $4.7K
Caddy-Retalic, S. & McInerney F. A. State Herbarium of South Australia (2015) $1K
Caddy-Retalic, S. Ludwig Leichardt Postgraduate Sciences Fellowship (2014) 3 year stipend
Caddy-Retalic, S. Australian Postgraduate Award (Australian Research Council) (2014) 3 year stipend
Clancy, T., Phinn, S., Lowe, A., Saunders, M., Thurgate, N., Walker, C., Sparrow, B. & Caddy-Retalic, S. (2013) Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (NCRIS, Department of Education) $1.6M
Caddy-Retalic, S. & Benkendorff, K. Flinders University Equipment Grant (2008) $5K
Caddy-Retalic, S. Playford Memorial Trust Honours Scholarship (Marine Biology) (2008) $1K
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