Professor Glenda Wardle

Party Typeperson
Access PrivilegesLong Term Ecological Research Network
Given NameGlenda
NLA Identifier
Brief DescriptionProfessor of Ecology and Evolution,
School of Life and Environmental Sciences,
University of Sydney
Full DescriptionMy research focuses on the ecological and evolutionary processes that shape the spatial and temporal patterns of variation found in natural populations. On a conceptual level I want to combine our understanding of microevolutionary processes such as selection, genetic structure of populations, and gene flow, with the ecological processes of age structure, recruitment, dispersal, and dormancy. I have begun this work on life history variation by integrating studies of selection and demography to explain the coexistence of two life history types within populations of a short lived plant, Campanula americana . I used a matrix population model to quantify the contribution of winter annuals and biennials to the population growth rate and to evaluate the role of the soil seed bank .

My general approach to research involves combining field work in natural populations with greenhouse experiments and mathematical modeling. My current research is on the comparative demography of four native Australian species of Trachymene (Apiaceae) with life history types which include: annual, biennial or perennial. The projects which I have recently supervised include:

The population biology, canopy seed bank dynamics and early seedling growth characteristics of two gymnosperm species: Callitris muelleri and Callitris rhomboidea.
The distribution of four Banksia species in relation to a soil moisture gradient.
The population biology and reproductive ecology of a rare and endangered species, Trachymene scapigera.
I am interested in supervising students who want to combine experimental and field based studies of native Australian plants or projects that combine a theoretical and an empirical approach to plant ecology or evolution.
Postal AddressHeydon-Laurence Building A08,
University of Sydney,
Sydney, NSW, 2006
Phone Number+61 2 9351 7113
+61 425 382 205
Website Address
Fields of Research0501 - Ecological Applications
0602 - Ecology
0608 - Zoology

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