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French, Kris O. Professor

Director, Janet Cosh Herbarium

  • Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health
  • Centre for Sustainable Ecosystem Solutions
  • School of Earth, Atmospheric and Life Sciences

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Kris French is a leading research ecologist, specialising in invasion ecology, urban ecology and conservation biology. 

Available as Research Supervisor

Available for Collaborative Projects

Selected Publications


Investigator On


Available as Research Supervisor

Potential Supervision Topics


  • Feral Deer in Threatened Ecological Communities
    • Feral deer are an emerging issue for the management of endangered ecological communities. There is a significant gap in our knowledge about the impacts of deer on Australian plant communities which limits the development of adequate management options for protecting threatened plant communities where deer invade. The PhD applicant will work with Prof. Kris French as part of a team with OEH, SE LLS and DPI. It will investigate impacts on two compositionally different threatened plant communities: Illawarra and South Coast Lowland Forest and Woodland and Illawarra Subtropical Rainforest. The work will contribute to a better theoretical understanding about mammalian herbivore preferences and how these influence plant community dynamics. The project will quantify the current impact of feral deer through an exclusion experiment, assess differences in diet preferences of native and feral mammalian herbivores and assess the long-term impacts on community resilience through assessing changes in seed bank regeneration potential.

  • Heatwaves and stress in Australian Native species
    Endophytes, particularly arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and their role in plant success
    How well do biocontrol agents work?
    The ecology of weed invasions

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Bioavailability & toxicity of Ni to marine biotas Gillmore, Megan
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Fate, transformations and toxicity of nanoparticles in the aquatic environment. Knowles, Brett
    Doctor of Philosophy Influence of Australian dissolved organic matter (DOM) on metal toxicity in freshwaters Macoustra, Gabriella
    Doctor of Philosophy Microhabitat, microclimate and multi-stress response as drivers of urban biodiversity using moss as a model taxa Haynes, Alison
    Doctor of Philosophy Comparative effects of logging and wildfire on carbon and fire dynamics in Eucalypt forests with contrasting responses to fire Wilson, Nicholas
    Doctor of Philosophy Behaviour, physiology, and genetics of the central bearded dragon (Pogona vitticeps) in response to locust control pesticides Contador-Kelsall, Isabella
    Doctor of Philosophy Restoration Ecology Gray, Suzzanne
    Doctor of Philosophy The Role of Fungal Endophytes In Alleviating Plant Stress Under Climate Change Jones, Shae
    Doctor of Philosophy Planning for Bushfire Protection: Maintenance of Bushfire Protection Measures Ryland, Catherine
    Doctor of Philosophy Investigating Biotic Interactions as a Tool to Aid the Development and Survival of Vegetation in a Green Roof Aguiar, Axton

Keywords


  • Ecology | Environmental science and management | Ecological applications | Plant biology | Plant ecophysiology | Conservation biology | Invasive species ecology | Threatened species management | 

Mailing Address


  • School of Biological Sciences

    University of Wollongong

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

Web Of Science Researcher Id


  • I-8202-2012

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Kris French is a leading research ecologist, specialising in invasion ecology, urban ecology and conservation biology. 

Selected Publications


Investigator On


Potential Supervision Topics


  • Feral Deer in Threatened Ecological Communities
    • Feral deer are an emerging issue for the management of endangered ecological communities. There is a significant gap in our knowledge about the impacts of deer on Australian plant communities which limits the development of adequate management options for protecting threatened plant communities where deer invade. The PhD applicant will work with Prof. Kris French as part of a team with OEH, SE LLS and DPI. It will investigate impacts on two compositionally different threatened plant communities: Illawarra and South Coast Lowland Forest and Woodland and Illawarra Subtropical Rainforest. The work will contribute to a better theoretical understanding about mammalian herbivore preferences and how these influence plant community dynamics. The project will quantify the current impact of feral deer through an exclusion experiment, assess differences in diet preferences of native and feral mammalian herbivores and assess the long-term impacts on community resilience through assessing changes in seed bank regeneration potential.

  • Heatwaves and stress in Australian Native species
    Endophytes, particularly arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and their role in plant success
    How well do biocontrol agents work?
    The ecology of weed invasions

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Bioavailability & toxicity of Ni to marine biotas Gillmore, Megan
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Fate, transformations and toxicity of nanoparticles in the aquatic environment. Knowles, Brett
    Doctor of Philosophy Influence of Australian dissolved organic matter (DOM) on metal toxicity in freshwaters Macoustra, Gabriella
    Doctor of Philosophy Microhabitat, microclimate and multi-stress response as drivers of urban biodiversity using moss as a model taxa Haynes, Alison
    Doctor of Philosophy Comparative effects of logging and wildfire on carbon and fire dynamics in Eucalypt forests with contrasting responses to fire Wilson, Nicholas
    Doctor of Philosophy Behaviour, physiology, and genetics of the central bearded dragon (Pogona vitticeps) in response to locust control pesticides Contador-Kelsall, Isabella
    Doctor of Philosophy Restoration Ecology Gray, Suzzanne
    Doctor of Philosophy The Role of Fungal Endophytes In Alleviating Plant Stress Under Climate Change Jones, Shae
    Doctor of Philosophy Planning for Bushfire Protection: Maintenance of Bushfire Protection Measures Ryland, Catherine
    Doctor of Philosophy Investigating Biotic Interactions as a Tool to Aid the Development and Survival of Vegetation in a Green Roof Aguiar, Axton

Keywords


  • Ecology | Environmental science and management | Ecological applications | Plant biology | Plant ecophysiology | Conservation biology | Invasive species ecology | Threatened species management | 

Mailing Address


  • School of Biological Sciences

    University of Wollongong

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

Web Of Science Researcher Id


  • I-8202-2012
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