My PhD has been greatly enhanced by the generous Capital Region Landkeepers Trust scholarship. Funds help with field work, conference attendance and resourcing, while the board members provide insightful feedback and mentoring support. Following the PhD, I plan to apply my research skills to assist public and private land managers in gathering local knowledge and histories of their places, so as to help inform all aspects of restoration work through times of change.
The scholarship funding was a huge help in assessing the success of Greening Australia’s “Whole of Paddock Restoration” project. For the first time a census of eucalypt plantings was undertaken and stakeholders were interviewed to get a hands on assessment of the project. This meant that the research was both theoretically & practically grounded and benefited from input from both ecologists and landholders. The plantings were mapped and the success of plantings was used to assess different seeding practices. The funding allowed for a more thorough ecological assessment of the project to be undertaken.