Lecturer in Natural History, La Trobe University
My major areas of research are the natural history of indigenous root parasitic trees, cross cultural understandings of natural environments, pedagogy of natural history, environmental history and the flora of Victoria. My teaching, particularly in the subjects I coordinate directly incorporates the results of this research. This research also has direct relevance to the practice of both staff and students in the department, and broader relevance to the professions of outdoor leadership, ecology and nature tourism.
People dont like parasites. But theres a local Aussie tree thats only a little bit parasitic: the native cherry, or cherry ballart. Its what we call hemiparasitic. It can photosynthesise, but gains extra nutrients by...