School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.
I am interested in promoting sustainable urban landscapes, including more resilient trees, in Australia. I am also interested in using living and preserved plant collections to enhance biodiversity conservation, improve quality of life and enable new science. My 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 fieldwork is conducted on a 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.
In addition to my scientific work, I have a strong interest in working with government and have worked in environmental policy and programs for the South Australian and Commonwealth governments. I have also 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 2021 Munroe, S., McInerney, F., Andrae, J., Welti, N., Guerin, G., Leitch, E., . . . Sparrow, B. (2021). Plants down under: defining and mapping the photosynthetic pathway of plants across Australia. Poster session presented at the meeting of TERN Science Symposium. 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.
Report for External Bodies
Year Citation 2022 Belder, R. L., Delaporte, K. D., & Caddy-Retalic, S. (2022). Urban tree protection in Australia: Review of regulatory matters. 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 2020 Munroe, S., McInerney, F., Andrae, J., Welti, N., Guerin, G., Emrys, L., . . . Sparrow, B. (2020). The Photosynthetic Pathways of Plant Species surveyed in TERN Ecosystem Surveillance Plots.
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
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2022 Co-Supervisor Retaining and improving the urban tree canopy and Waite Arboretum collection in Adelaide's changing climate: development of a dynamic predictive tool for key species survival and management recommendations Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Rikki Lee Belder
Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country 2022 - 2022 Attorney Generals Department, Government of South Australia Planning and Land Use Services, Department for Trade and Investment Legislative and political Australia
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