I am an early career researcher with a focus on global environmental change. I am interested in the interactions between drivers of environmental change. I am passionate about the preservation of alpine ecosystems and plant species, which have always fascinated me.
In 2013 I completed my Master's Degree in Applied Ecology. My thesis investigated links between population genetics, phylogeography and ecological niche in an alpine plant. The work was supervised by Andreas Tribsch at the Paris Londron Univeristy in Salzburg, Austria. This Erasmus Mundus programme was funded by the European Union, and took me to study at five different universities in European countries.
I began my PhD in 2015. My work focuses on the interactive effects of climate change and invasive species pressure on alpine plant communities. Working with Julie Deslippe, at Victoria University of Wellington, and Aimée Classen, at the University of Vermont, my ecological studies take place in the unique landscape of Tongariro National Park in New Zealand. This alpine ecosystem, like many others, is under immense pressure from both climate warming and invasive species. My studies probe how aspects of this ecosystem will behave in the future: What will changing interactions with invaders mean for indigenous species' distributions under future climates? How will climate change augment the impact of invasive species on native plant-pollinator interactions? What do synergisms between climate change and plant invasions mean for plant species richness across spatial scales? Take a look at what I've been up to most recently on the twitter feed, or read about the projects I am currently running on the research tab of this website.
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