My name is Catherine Ross, and I am a PhD candidate at the Australian National University. My project is part of a larger research program based at Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary in north Canberra, studying restoration ecology in grassy woodlands. The sanctuary is the site of a large research trial looking at woodland restoration techniques, including the reintroduction of several animal species that have been extinct in the local region for some time, such as the new holland mouse, bush-stone curlew, eastern quoll and eastern bettong. These species play important ecological roles, so their reintroduction is expected to have an interesting effect on the ecosystem.
Since 2012 I have also been working with Greening Australia, an organisation that is committed to working with the community to restore Australia’s landscapes. Much of my work involves providing advice and assistance to landholders in the ACT and surrounding areas, to achieve fantastic outcomes for both production and the environment. Greening Australia has a strong research focus, and I have also done a lot of monitoring of projects to inform our techniques.
Greening Australia also supported me through my honours project, which was an investigation into the causes of eucalyptus dieback in the Monaro region of NSW.