About Charlotte Simpson-Young


Hi! I’m Charlotte. I’m a PhD student at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. I love plant ecology, ecological restoration, conservation and botany. I have a fantastic husband who patiently puts up with my obsession with taking photos of native plants, and a dog who waits patiently while I poke around urban revegetation sites.

For my PhD I am studying the difference between bushland in urban reserves, revegetated bushland and bushland in National Parks. Specifically, I am studying the differences in terms of plant functional traits. These are characteristics connected to a plants’ pattern of establishment, growth and resource allocation, from root system type to seed size. These characteristics are what natural selection acts upon.

Using this approach I would like to answer the following questions:

  • What impact does urban development have on native bushland?
  • How do our revegetation projects stack up against remnant urban bushland and protected bushland?
  • What is the relationship between revegetation project ‘success’ and functional trait diversity?

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