Congratulations, Dr Fischer!

Sarah Fischer recently passed her PhD at the University of Melbourne. Her thesis was entitled “Promoting growth and regeneration of riparian trees in a degraded swamp”.

Part of the team of UniMelb, Parks Victoria and Zoos Victoria staff who built two weirs to block channelised sections of Macclesfield Creek and reengage and restore floodplain areas that support the critically endangered lowland Leadbeater’s Possum. From left: Genevieve Hehir, Fiona Ede, Sarah Fischer, Frederic Cherqui, Simon Dent, Rob James, Darcy Watchorn, Pete Poelsma. Photo by Joe Greet, 2020.

A member of UniMelb’s Waterway Ecosystem Research Group, Sarah worked at Yellingbo Nature Conservation Park in Victoria and was supervised by Joe Greet, Chris Walsh and me. Her work contributed towards our broader ARC Linkage project on “Overcoming multiple constraints to wetland forest restoration”, which we conducted in collaboration with Parks Victoria, Melbourne Water, Greening Australia and Zoos Victoria.

In an impressive effort, Sarah has already published all of her data chapters, a list of which is below.

Massive congratulations, Sarah, on completing this excellent body of research – and doing so under such trying circumstances. Fantastic work!

Sarah’s main PhD papers:

  • Fischer, S., Greet, J., Walsh, C. J. & Catford, J. A. (2021) Flood disturbance affects morphology and reproduction of woody riparian plants. Scientific Reports, 11, 16477. link (open access)
  • Fischer, S., Greet, J., Walsh, C. J. & Catford, J. A. (2021) Restored river-floodplain connectivity promotes woody plant establishment. Forest Ecology and Management, 493, pdf
  • Fischer, S., Greet, J., Walsh, C. J., Catford, J. A. & Arndt, S. K. (2022) Riparian trees resprout regardless of timing and severity of disturbance by coppicing. Forest Ecology and Management, 507, 119988. link author accepted version

Plus two related ones:

  • Greet, J., Fischer, S. & Russell, K. (2020) Longer duration flooding reduces the growth and sexual reproductive efforts of a keystone wetland tree species. Wetlands Ecology and Management, 28, 655-666. link
  • Greet, J., Fischer, S., Walsh, C. J., Sammonds, M. J. & Catford, J. A. (2022) Restored river-floodplain connectivity promotes riparian tree maintenance and recruitment. Forest Ecology and Management, 506, 119952.  link (open access) pdf

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