Current: PhD student – School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland, Australia
Bachelor of Science in Ecology (Hons Class 1) – 2014, University of Queensland, Australia
Honors thesis: Assessing the prevalence of trade-offs between drought tolerance and competitive ability in six tree species of the Bunya Mountains Honors supervisor: Prof. Margaret Mayfield
I am interested in identifying the role of pollinators to native plant communities in highly fragmented agricultural landscapes. In particular, my research involves assessing the abundance and composition of pollinators and their resource collection patterns in remnant wildflower communities and adjacent co-flowering canola fields. I am also working on understanding how the presence or absence of pollinating insects may influence higher order interactions in annual wildflower communities, as well as using meta-barcoding techniques to advance our understanding of the complex networks of pollination interactions occurring across large-scale agricultural landscapes.
Selected Peer-reviewed Publications
Reynolds VA, Anderegg LDL, Loy X, HilleRisLambers J, Mayfield MM (2017) Unexpected drought resistance strategies in seedlings of four Brachychiton species, Tree Physiology, DOI – 10.1093/treephys/tpx143
Wainwright CE, Staples TL, Charles LS, Flanagan TC, Lai HR, Loy X, Reynolds VA, Mayfield MM (2017) Links between community ecology theory and ecological restoration are on the rise, Journal of Applied Ecology, DOI – 10.1111/1365-2664.12975.
Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship (2017 – 2018)
CSIRO Postgraduate Scholarship – Land and Water Flagship (2016 – 2019)
Australian Postgraduate Award $92,000 (2015 – 2019)
Outreach and Volunteering
Roots and Shoots Youth Volunteer (2016 – 2017)
Bee Aware Brisbane Outreach Officer (2015 – 2017)
UQ Environmental Science Society (2013 – 2014)
Australian Wildlife Conservancy Scotia (2012 – 2013)
Australia Zoo volunteer (2011)
Conferences and workshops
Fulbright Award Presentation – Parliament House, Canberra March 2017
“Meta-barcoding pollen: a next generation approach to developing accurate pollination networks”.
Ecological Society of Australia Conference Presentation November 2016
“The distribution of pollinators across mosaic agricultural landscapes”.
Grains Research & Development Corporation Conference February 2016
Discussions with farmers and industry groups regarding pollinators in agro-ecosystems across Australia.
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