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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 21+ research outputs authored by Dr Matt Barrett from 2018 onwards.

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National Environmental Science Program (NESP) Resilient Landscapes Hub - Research Project

Assessing the impacts of myrtle rust on forest dynamics and function

Indicative Funding
$203,400 over 2 years
This project investigates the consequences for environmental health of myrtle rust ? an exotic fungal pathogen - infection on kanuka box (Tristaniopsis exiliflora). Kanuka box is a tree that grows along fast-flowing, rocky watercourses of northeast Queensland and is important for stabilising banks and preventing erosion within catchments of the Great Barrier Reef. Myrtle rust can kill kanuka box and is therefore a serious ecosystem-level threat that urgently needs to be better understood to assist in conservation management.
Darren Crayn, Matt Barrett, Jennifer Firn and Gerald Turpin in collaboration with Geoff Pegg and Stuart Worboys (Australian Tropical Herbarium, Queensland University of Technology, QLD Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and College of Science & Engineering)
Tristaniopsis exiliflora (Myrtaceae); Myrtle rust; Riparian ecosystems

Great Barrier Reef Foundation - Reef Trust Partnership

Island Habitat Monitoring - Vegetation

Indicative Funding
$119,790 over 3 years (administered by QLD Department of Environment and Science)
Islands, particularly the remote or less-accessible ones, have very poor inventories of species and ecosystems, their condition and potential threats. This base level data is required to identify which values should be prioritised for management and monitoring. A process to identify and prioritise information gaps and fill them is needed to address this issue. The Australian Tropical Herbarium proposes to address these knowledge gaps through provision of technical expertise that can include (a) field survey, (b) provision of plant identification services, (c) training and (d) data management.
Darren Crayn, Stuart Worboys, Eda Addicott, Mark Newton and Matt Barrett (Australian Tropical Herbarium)
Great Barrier Reef; vegetation; biodiversity; islands; flora; training

Australasian Systematic Botany Society - Hansjorg Eichler Scientific Research Fund

Disentangling drivers of diversification: molecular phylogenomics, historical biogeography, floral evolution, gene flow, and species diversification in Darwinia (Myrtaceae)

Indicative Funding
$4,934 over 1 year
Systematics, pollination and ecological studies in the Australian bell flower genus Darwinia. This grant funds part of the fieldwork, consumables and laboratory analyses of an international collaboration. Using Darwinia provides an example of multiple independent shifts from insect to bird and mammal pollination, this project will explore the evolutionary adaptations necessary to achieve these shifts.
Matt Barrett and Patricia Chan (Australian Tropical Herbarium and University of Wisconsin - Madison)
Darwinia; Pollination biology; Systematics; Nectar; Conservation; Biodiversity

Department of the Environment and Energy - National Taxonomy Research Grant program

Twenty new species of mostly short-range endemics in the keystone hummock grass genus Triodia (Poaceae)

Indicative Funding
$13,636 over 2 years
A tactical taxonomy grant to describe 20 new species of hummock grasses (Triodia). Outcomes will be a taxonomic publication describing the new species, including phylogenetic systematics on the genus Triodia. A new identification key to Triodia will be produced and made available via KeyBase, a free web-based tool for identification of Australian flora. The new species to be described are mostly short-range endemic species of conservation concern, restricted to fire-limiting habitats such as cliff faces, sandstone pavements and scree slopes, and have conservation implications for efforts to alter fire regimes in northern Australia.
Matt Barrett in collaboration with Ian Cowie (Australian Tropical Herbarium, NT Department of Environment and Parks and Water Security)
Triodia (Poacaeae); Hummock grasses; Rare species; Convervation; Fire-sensitive; Savanna

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Future savannas: How do Climate and Land use explain the Plant Community Dynamics of two distinct Tropical Savannas in West Timor and North Queensland? (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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