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Friday, 23 September 2016 17:32

Congratulations, Jessica Bramley-Alves

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Jessica has been really busy this year, she submitted her thesis at the end of last year and it has been examined so we think she is already Dr Jess, although maybe she needs to graduate first for that to be really official.  Plus then we can get a picture of her in the gown, hood and cap.  In addition, she has a new job at CUGE in Singapore and is busy running environmental projects there.  She has also published a paper from her PhD work and another from some work she did on Macquarie Island before her PhD. So an excellent start to 2015.


The paper from her PhD work shows how mosses can be used as proxies for water availability in Antarctica. Bramley-Alves, J., Wanek, W., French, K. & Robinson, SA. (2015) Moss δ13C is an accurate proxy for past water environments in polar regions. Global Change Biology 21: 2454–2464 DOI: 10.1111/gcb.12848 is available online or email us for a copy.  

The other paper describes how Azorella and associated moss communities are dying on the sub-antarctic Macquarie Island. Jessica spent two summers walking the length of the island documenting the state of these plants and we are really glad to see the hard work has paid off and Jess has another paper under her belt.

Bergstrom, D. M., P. K. Bricher, B. Raymond, A. Terauds, D. Doley, M. A. McGeoch, J. Whinam, M. Glen, Z. Yuan, K. Kiefer, J. D. Shaw, J. Bramely-Alves, T. Rudman, C. Mohammed, A. Lucieer, M. Visoiu, B. Jansen van Vuuren and M. C. Ball (2015). "Rapid collapse of a sub-Antarctic alpine ecosystem: the role of climate and pathogens." Journal of Applied EcologyDOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12436


You can also read more about the paper, including a recent update in Dana Bergstrom's blog.


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Sharon Robinson

Senior Professor at University of Wollongong