People

Dr. Joslin Moore

I am a lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences at Monash University. I am also an associate of the Quantitative and Applied Ecology Group at the University of Melbourne.

I was previously employed as senior ecologist, Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology (ARCUE), Royal Botanic Gardens, Mbourne (2010-13) after a stint as a research fellow in Applied Environmental Decision Analysis (AEDA) at the University of Melbourne (2007-10) working on using decision theory to assist management of exotic species.

I completed a PhD on invasion processes in plant community ecology at Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London UK (2000) and then went on to do a two year post-doc on spatial conservation prioritisation jointly at the University of Cambridge, UK and University of Copenhagen, Denmark. I returned to Australia in mid 2002 and after some time at CSIRO Entomology (invasibility in complex networks) I took a break from research working for the Commonwealth Department of Education, Science and Training in Canberra before moving to Melbourne in 2007.

email: joslin.moore@monash.edu

 

Dr. Abbey Camaclang
Post-doctoral research fellow
KingsCanyonAbbey’s research focuses on the development and application of decision tools to help strengthen the links between science, policy, and management, particularly in the conservation of threatened species and ecological communities. She will be working on developing decision frameworks to help identify optimal strategies for managing multiple threats to threatened ecological communities in Australia, such as alpine peatlands in Victoria.

email: abbey.camaclang@monash.edu
Abbey’s website

Dr. Catherine (Cat) Mills
Post-doctoral research fellow

2016-02-14-16-53-02Cat’s research focuses on long-distance dispersal of seeds from the invasive grey sallow willow (Salix cinerea) in northern Victoria. Although most seeds released from the tree fall close by, a small fraction of them are lifted above the canopy by air turbulence in the canopy layer. Once above, they may get caught in fast-moving horizontal wind which may carry them very long distances, allowing new populations of willow to become established elsewhere. Cat’s aim is to develop a model that integrates fine-scale turblence in the canopy layer and large weather patterns above it, so predictions can be made of where these far-travelling seeds may land. Efforts to control the willow can then be concentrated in those areas.

email: cat.mills@monash.edu

Dr. Cindy Hauser
Research Fellow
esmallcindyhauser_0045_cropCindy is interested in how imperfect detection affects ecological surveys and conservation decisions. Her research with the Moore group regards how emerging technologies (such as detector dogs, unmanned aerial vehicles, and eDNA sampling) can best be integrated into existing monitoring programs. She is also associated with the CEBRA and QAECO research groups.
email: chauser@unimelb.edu.au
Cindy’s website
Twitter: @cindyeh

Emily De Stigter
PhD student

headshot2Emily’s PhD research is focused on the invasive Grey Sallow willow in northeastern Victoria. The broad focus of her thesis investigates the effects of weather variables on the spread of invasive species across space and time. Specifically, Emily is interested in the factors which initiate reproductive phenology in Grey Sallows and how plastic phenology might influence the fitness of invasive species.

email: emily.destigter@monash.edu

Emma Bennett
PhD student
me and sallyEmma’s research is centred around the use of conservation detector dogs to find rare and cryptic targets in the field.  Her thesis is looking at how dogs can support eradication efforts for invasive species to improve detection rates as well as assist ecologists to find evidence of rare and threatened native animals.  Specifically, Emma is interested in how integrated management of new and existing detection tools can assist land managers to optimise budget constraints for the best detection outcomes.

email: emma.bennett@monash.edu

Dr. Rowan Mott
Research Assistant
rowan-mott-1Rowan has joined Joslin Moore’s research group after recently completing his PhD on seabird movement and foraging ecology. He will be applying the skills he acquired during his past research to assist on a range of projects including NutNet, plant community ecology in the Western Grassland Reserves, and invasive species monitoring.

email: rowan.mott@monash.edu
Rowan’s website
Twitter: @roamingmoth

Emily Clow
Honours student
Emily ClowEmily is passionate about conservation and environmental management. Her honours project will be investigating Peatland condition in the Victorian Alps using key attributes such as native peatland species and exposed peat. This can help land managers determine the most effective management intervention to help preserve these threatened ecosystems.

email: eclo1@student.monash.edu

 

 

Jessica Connolly
Honours student
Jess ConnollyJess will be investigating the hydrology of peatlands during her honours project. This will involve surveying peatlands of varying condition across the main geographical regions of the Victorian Alps. Her research will evaluate how hydrological attributes vary with peatland condition and across the landscape. Jess is interested in conservation and water chemistry.

email: jecon6@student.monash.edu

 

Recent members:

Dr. Tara Zamin
Post-doctoral research fellow
Tara photoTara’s research focuses on using community and ecosystem ecology to inform conservation and management of landscapes in the context of global change. During her time in the Moore Lab, her work focused on determining viable restoration goals and techniques for the Western Grassland Reserve based on  scientific integrity, societal values and feasibility. Tara’s research was specifically interested in the abiotic and biotic limitations to re-establishment of sensitive native species in highly altered soils.

Tara’s website

Sam Mibus
Honours Student
Sam pic_compressedSam’s Honours research focused on developing potential grassland restoration applications for the Western Grassland Reserve in Victoria. Her work drew attention to how native and exotic forbs coexist within a community by investigating how soil fertility influenced coexistence. Her research also analysed the impacts of soil microbiota and mycorrhizal fungi on forb diversity. Sam is also interested in environmental science, botany, soil sciences and conservation of threatened communities.

Bianca Jewell
Honours student
Bianca picBianca’s areas of interest include restoration ecology, strategic decision making for conservation, freshwater ecology, agro-ecology and threaten species conservation. Her honours project investigated whether degraded basalt grasslands have crossed an abiotic threshold that may present a significant barrier to restoration of these areas. Specifically her project focused on looking at whether the state of the soil limited growth and germination of particular species of native grasses and forbs. This research contributed to the overall understanding of the Natural Temperate Grasslands ecosystem and can feed into the adaptive management strategy for the Western Grasslands Reserves.

Dr. Isaac Peterson
Post-doctoral research fellow
Willow picIsaac joined the group as a physicist with a keen interest in ecological modeling. His postdoctoral research focused on modeling willow seed dispersal in the alpine regions of southeastern Australia.

 

 

Alex Jolly
MSc student, University of Melbourne
Senecio picAlex’s masters work  focused on the role of propagule limitation and seed competition in determining the abundance of native herbs in degraded grassland sites. He conducted a seeding experiment in the Western Grassland Reserve to explore the controls on native forb germination and establishment at these highly altered landscapes.

 

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