Wednesday, 14 September 2011

The David Ashton Scholarship winner announced

Citra Jewson-Brown was recently awarded the David Ashton Scholarship. Congratulations!
The award recognises the most outstanding new Honours students undertaking research in the field of plant ecology in the Department of Botany at La Trobe University. It is named after Dr David Ashton, a Victorian plant ecologist who spent his entire working life trying to understand the regeneration and succesional dynamics of Mountain Ash forests. He also worked with students in the alpine regions of Victoria, so would be chuffed to know that Citra intends to focus her thesis on high mountain ecology.
Citra will work with Dr John Morgan on insect herbivory in high altitude populations of Snow Gum (Eucalyptus pauciflora). In particular, she is keen to quantify how herbivory varies within and between populations of Snow Gum. This will likely involve an interaction between environment (altitude) and "provenance".