Interactions between microbes & plants
Plants modify the soil microbial community in ways that may favour or hinder them. Invasive species may be able to obtain an advantage over native plants through this mechanism.
Research in this area can be particularly important to understand the success of invasive species and to increase our ability restore native vegetation.
Study terrestrial plant ecology
Our research focuses on applying ecological knowledge to address management and restoration of natural vegetation.
We focus our work on arid lands and Mediterranean-type environments; the last including woodlands, grasslands and wetlands in the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Our approach always includes a strong conceptual framework and rigorous experimental design to investigate ecological issues ranging from the theoretical to the applied.