Topic: Interactions between exotic plants and the structure and function of animal assemblages.
Supervisor: Dr Brad Murray, UTS
PhD conferred: 2013
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My project will examine the impact of invasive exotic plant species on animal assemblages, with a particular focus on reptiles and amphibians. I hope to make a positive contribution to the field and to the protection of biodiversity through this research.
Before coming to UTS, I spent 10 years working as an environmental campaigner for the Total Environment Centre. I worked on issues such as water conservation and river protection, air quality, urban bushland conservation and other urban environment issues. I am now seeking to combine my passions for conservation and scientific research through my postgraduate studies.
Prior to working as an environmental campaigner I had been employed as a research officer to the former NSW Environment Minister Pam Allan MP and as a policy advisor to the former NSW Minister for Land and Water Conservation the Hon Kim Yeadon MP.
BSc (Hons) from Newcastle University. My honours project examined nutrient pollution and algae in Lake Macquarie NSW.
Demonstrating in Ecology 91154 (2009)
Martin, L.J. (1999): The Snowy Water Inquiry – Total Environment Centre, Australian Conservation Foundation and Snowy River Alliance. Australian Geographical Studies 37, 337-342.
Martin, L.J. (2008): Sustainable Government Procurement – An assessment of current policies, practices and opportunities for improvement. Proceedings of 2008 National Sustainable Procurement Conference, Brisbane, 18-19 September 2008.
Martin, L. J. and Murray, B. R. (2011), A predictive framework and review of the ecological impacts of exotic plant invasions on reptiles and amphibians. Biological Reviews, 86: 407–419.
Leigh Martin and Brad Murray (2011) A comparison of short-term marking methods for small frogs using a model species, the striped marsh frog (Limnodynastes peronii) Herpetelogical Journal 21:271 -273.
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