Postdoctoral researcher Dr Rebecca Jones with Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) setting up an experimental restoration planting of E. morrisbyi at the declining Calverts Hill site. The planting is one part of a collaborative project between UTAS, NRM South, Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service, DPIPWE, CVA/Understorey Network, Threatened Plants Tasmania and the Royal Botanical Gardens of Tasmania, which aims to help secure this critically endangered species.
National Eucalypt Day 2018
Telling stories about the early French collections of eucalypts beside the Tasmanian floral emblem, Eucalyptus globulus on National Eucalypt Day (23 March 2018). The authors of the popular eucalypt field guide “Eucaflip”, Professor Brad Potts and Dr Rob Wiltshire, conducted a tour of notable eucalypts growing in the gardens of the Sandy Bay campus.
Eucalypt leaves contain tannins and flavonoids that are released by heat to produce fixed dyes. Dr Gay McKinnon (artist and eucalypt geneticist) demonstrated eco-dyeing at the 2018 National Eucalypt Day morning tea. Our aim was to make a silk version of the popular field guide “Eucaflip”.
ARC Centre for Forest Value Postdoctoral fellow Dr Tanya Bailey and students Stuart MacDonald, Claire Ranyard, Nicolo’ Camarretta, Yolanda Hanusch and Akira Weller-Wong attended the “Restore Regenerate Revegetate” conference at the University of New England, Armidale NSW from 5th-9th of February 2017. Tanya gave an oral presentation “Is local best? Testing forest tree provenancing strategies using field trials embedded in restoration plantings in Tasmania” in the seed genetics and management symposium and Stuart presented his talk on “Recalcitrant soil C:N ratios, alternate states persist in woodland restoration” in the Soils and Restoration symposium. Posters by Claire, Nicolo’, Yolanda and Akira were well received. From left to right: Sebastian Burgess (Greening Australia), Yolanda Hanusch, Claire Ranyard, Akira Weller-Wong, Nicolo’ Camarretta, Tanya Bailey, Stuart MacDonald and Neal Davidson (Greening Australia).
Members of the group in 2006, after a day planting trees for Corey Hudson’s PhD
Mario Vega celebrating the awarding of his PhD (12/8/2016), with his supervisors Mathew Hamilton, Chris Harwood and Brad Potts.
Our National Eucalypt Day celebrations included a rare chance to taste the famous Eucalyptus liqueur made by the Trappist monks of the Tre Fontane Abbey in Rome (Eucalittino delle Tre Fontane). Our group’s DNA work tracked the origin of the trees growing at the Abbey to south east Tasmania (via France) (Photo: Rebecca Jones).
Peter Harrison presents his poster “Identifying seed provenances using climate analogues” at the 2016 Species on the Move International Conference. (Photo: D. Steane)
Christina Borzac and Adam McKiernan at their PhD graduation ceremony in December 2015 with their happy supervisors Julianne O’Reilly-Wapstra and Brad Potts.
Sampling E. globulus at Port Davey in Western Tasmania (Photo by Dot Steane)
Eucalypt research group 2011. Clockwise from top left: Adam McKiernan, Brad Potts, Rene Vaillancourt, Matthew Hamilton, Rebecca Jones, Jen Schweitzer, Natasha Wiggins, Jules Freeman, Guy Roussel, Peter Harrison, ???, Archana Gauli, Julianne O’Reilly-Wapstra, Dot Steane, Matt Larcombe, Joe Bailey, Paul Tilyard.