Dr. Jennifer Firn Postdoctoral fellow CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems, Visiting Scholar at the University of Queensland
I am a restoration ecologist interested in finding better ways of conserving biodiversity in production landscapes. My research focuses on understanding how current disturbances and competitive interactions in plant communities can be manipulated to favour the establishment and persistence of desirable native species. I am also interested in finding ways of quantifying the role biodiversity plays in key ecosystem functions such as water and nutrient cycling. I use multiple tools to conduct my research including empirical studies (factorial field trials, glasshouse studies), mathematical modelling and decision theory analyses.
Firn, J., House, A. & Buckley, Y.M. In press. Alternative states models provide an effective framework for invasive species control and restoration of native communities. Journal of Applied Ecology.
Firn, J. (2009). African Lovegrass in Australia, valuable pasture species or embarrassing invader? Tropical Grasslands. Vol. 43, pg. 86-97.
Firn, J., Rout, T., Possingham, H. & Buckley,Y.M. (2008). Managing beyond the invader: manipulating disturbance of natives simplifies control efforts. Journal of Applied Ecology, vol. 45, pg. 1143-1151.
Firn, J., Erskine, P. & Lamb, D. (2007). Woody species diversity influences productivity and soil nutrient availability in tropical plantations. Oecologia. vol. 154(3), pg. 521-533.
Firn, J. (2007). Developing strategies and methods for rehabilitating degraded pastures using native grasses. Ecological Management and Restoration. vol.8(3), pg.183-187.
Firn, J. & Buckley, Y.M. (2007). Understanding the mechanism behind invasion of African Lovegrass. Tropical Grasslands. vol. 41, pg. 243-244.
Firn, J., Rout, T., Possingham,H. & Buckley,Y.M. (2008). Optimising weed control by considering disturbance to native plants. Proceedings of the 16th Australian Weed Conference, Cairns.
Firn, J. & Buckley, Y.M. (2008). Unravelling the mechanisms behind the invasion of an introduced and now undesirable grass species. Proceedings of the International Grasslands Congress, Hohoht, Inner Mongolia, China.