Fiona Freestone, Graduate Research Assistant, UWA
See Fi’s full research profile here.
What are your research interests as they relate to northern Australia?
I have a great love of plants that can survive in harsh conditions and learning about the mechanisms they use to do so. My role is quite diverse and the research I work on includes; (i) investigating the impacts of fire on riparian vegetation in Kakadu (NT), (ii)determining water requirements of plants on the Fitzroy River (WA), (iii) exploring the effect of magnesium sulphate as a mine pollutant on tropical riparian trees, and (iv) researching the impacts of an invasive weed (gamba grass).
What do you love about working in northern Australia?
Working in the north is not without its challenges! I love the hot climate and the remote and isolated nature of the areas we work in. It’s been rewarding meeting local people and learning about the rich culture and history of these areas. I feel lucky that I’ve been able to see a side of Australia that not everyone has the opportunity to see.