JGS student wins first prize at the 23rd Asian-Pacific Weed Science Society Conference

04 October 2011

Joint Graduate School in Biodiversity and Biosecurity student Christine Sheppard won best student poster at September’s Asian-Pacific Weed Science Society Conference in Cairns.

Christine’s poster was entitled “Potential distribution of three recently naturalised plants under climate change in New Zealand” and summarized the findings of of distribution modelling from her PhD research.
Her research concluded that, of the three newly naturalised species investigated (Schefflera actinophylla (Queensland umbrella tree), Psidium guajava (common guava) and Archontophoenix cunninghamiana (bangalow palm)), all three are likely to have a greater range in the future, even under low carbon dioxide emission climate change scenarios.

Christine hopes that identifying these species as potential future weeds will allow land managers to take action against these species early, when eradication and control attempts are most likely to be successful.

Christine’s travel to the conference was funded by the Faculty of Science.

Christine Sheppard's webpage