Claire goes to Western Australia again

Our associate PhD student, Claire Wainwright, is out in the York Gum woodland of Western Australia again. On this 6-month field trip, Claire is going to collect empirical data to investigate the processes that drive coexistence of native and exotic annuals in the woodland understorey. Since 2012 was drier than 2013, it would be interesting to compare the temporal difference between two years’ data.

This will be her final field trip in her PhD voyage. All the best Claire!

Germination pots at Kunjin Reserve, WA. Photo: Claire Wainwright.

New NutNet site at UQ’s brand new Terrestrial Ecology Research Facility

Author: Y. Buckley

Yvonne Buckley, Natalie Kerr and Rebecca Harris building fences - R. Salguero-Gomez

Yvonne Buckley, Natalie Kerr and Rebecca Harris building fences – R. Salguero-Gomez

With the help of NutNet founders Elizabeth Borer and Eric Seabloom, we marked out plots, built fences, determined species composition and collected soil and biomass samples for the important pre-treatment observational phase of the newest site in the global Nutrient Network (NutNet) initiative.  The plots are located at UQ’s brand new Terrestrial Ecology Research Facility (TERF), about 15km west of UQ.  Setting up and sampling the plots was truly a team effort so thanks to the lab members, volunteers and experts who helped out! Continue reading