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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 Biological Sciences

Top Publications


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 The Mobility and availability of metalloids on Physiological properties of agricultural plants Egodawatta, Lakmini
    Doctor of Philosophy Bioavailability & toxicity of Ni to marine biotas Gillmore, Megan
    Doctor of Philosophy Downed, dead and decayed – Coarse woody debris creation and loss dynamics in response to fire regimes and climate Stares, Mitchell
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Fate, transformations and toxicity of nanoparticles in the aquatic environment. Knowles, Brett
    Doctor of Philosophy Influence of Australian dissolved organic carbon (DOC) on metal toxicity in freshwater 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 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 A helping hand: understanding the role of facilitation as a contributor to survivability of urban plants Aguiar, Axton

Mailing Address


  • School of Biological Sciences

    University of Wollongong

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

Web Of Science Researcher Id


  • I-8202-2012

Top Publications


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 The Mobility and availability of metalloids on Physiological properties of agricultural plants Egodawatta, Lakmini
    Doctor of Philosophy Bioavailability & toxicity of Ni to marine biotas Gillmore, Megan
    Doctor of Philosophy Downed, dead and decayed – Coarse woody debris creation and loss dynamics in response to fire regimes and climate Stares, Mitchell
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Fate, transformations and toxicity of nanoparticles in the aquatic environment. Knowles, Brett
    Doctor of Philosophy Influence of Australian dissolved organic carbon (DOC) on metal toxicity in freshwater 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 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 A helping hand: understanding the role of facilitation as a contributor to survivability of urban plants Aguiar, Axton

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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