Caitlin is vegetation ecologist with a background in both plant and insect based research. In 2010 Caitlin graduated from the University of New England with a Ph.D. for her research into the effects of altered floodgate management on vegetation communities in coastal wetlands. She subsequently worked for the Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre, investigating linkages between environmental water management and wetland and floodplain vegetation dynamics.

From 2012 to 2016 Caitlin worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow based at the Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation (CMLR) in the Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) at the University of Queensland. This work focused has focused on assessing the linkages between land use, environmental factors (e.g. fire, groundwater depth, wetland water regime) and the composition, condition and resilience of plant communities in natural and reconstructed landscapes.

Research Interests

  • Design and implementation of effective environmental monitoring programs
  • Roles of seed banks, seed dispersal and habitat connectivity in the recovery of native plant communities after disturbance
  • Wetland plant ecology
  • Fire ecology
  • Invasive species