Plant reproduction, ecological and conservation genetics

Members of the Hoebee-Edwards lab

Group leader

Dr Susan Hoebee is a plant molecular ecologist with conservation and evolutionary foci.  She works at La Trobe University teaching third year students about the Ecology,  and Evolution and Conservation of Australian flora.  Her research is multidisciplinary and includes aspects of conservation, demography, ecology and genetics.

Susan's group works closely with Dr Trevor Edwards, a South African expat with wide ranging expertise in plant reproductive strategies, conservation, biogeography and evolution of flora.

In 2016 new teaching subjects are being developed and Susan will be part of teams delivering material on Animal-Plant Interactions, Endangered Species Conservation and Ecological Genetics & Evolution.

Postdoctoral fellow (2012)

Dr Denise Fernando - 2012 ARC DECRA awardee

Research Officer

Dr Gareth Holmes

Current Students

PhD

Andrea Fitzpatrick - Breeding systems and conservation of sun orchids.  Supervised by Dr Susan Hoebee and Dr Trevor Edwards.

Gerry Ho - The reproductive and molecular ecology of naturalised irids in Australia.  Supervised by Dr Trevor Edwards and Dr Susan Hoebee.

Masters

Simon Heyes – Investigations into seed production by Banksia marginata on the Victoria Volcanic Plains.  Supervised by Dr John Morgan, Dr Susan Hoebee and Dr Stephen Sinclair.

Completed students

PhD

Andre Messina (2013) – Taxonomy and systematics of the Olearia phlogopappa complex.
Now working at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria.

Honours

Reannon Smith (2016) – Understanding diversity: An investigation into pollination and genetic differentiation in Grevillea alpina Lindl. Supervised by Dr Trevor Edwards and Dr Susan Hoebee.
Reannon was partially supported during her honours by an Auchmeddan Pty Ltd Honours Scholarship.  She is working as a research assistant for other project in the Department and demonstrating in 3rd year subjects.

Joseph Zilko (2016) – Outcrossing and pollination strategies in bird-pollinated Eucalyptus species. Supervised by Dr Trevor Edwards and Dr Susan Hoebee.
Joe was partially supported by a BIOSIS Honours Scholarship during his studies.  He is demonstrating in 3rd year subjects and plans to start a PhD at Monash University in 2017.

Andrea Fitzpatrick (2015) – Fraudulence exposed: food models drive fecundity in outbreeding sun orchids (Thelymitra– Orchidaceae). Supervised by Dr Trevor Edwards and Dr Susan Hoebee.
Andrea is returning to continue her work on mimicry through a PhD at La Trobe University.

Scott Tunbridge (2015) – Floral visitors to a geographically restricted endemic Grevillea in South East Australia and the importance of mammals. Supervised by Dr Susan Hoebee, Dr Trevor Edwards and Dr Kylie Robert.
Among other environmental jobs, Scott is currently working at the La Trobe Wildlife Nursery.

Rufaro George Kanjere (2014) - Reproduction and gene flow in Grevillea obtecta.  Supervised by Dr Susan Hoebee and Dr Trevor Edwards.
George is currently demonstrating undergraduate subjects at La Trobe University, as well as being dad to beautiful Ottali.

Katie McClaren (2013) - The influence of population size on reproductive output and ecological interactions varies over time in Leucochrysum albicans var. tricolor (Asteraceae). Supervised by Dr John Morgan and Dr Susan Hoebee.

Juan Hernandez (2012) – Pollination and exploitation: Interactions between Acacia terminalis (Salisb.) MacBride (Leguminosae, Mimosoideae), birds, and hymenoptera. Supervised by Dr Peter Green and Dr Susan Hoebee.

Nicole Webster (2012)
- The birds and the bees in Epacris impressa Labill. (Ericaeae). Supervised by Dr Trevor Edwards and Dr Susan Hoebee.
Nicole just finished honours before becoming mum to Sam.

Louise Romanin (2012) - Green Box: the reproductive story of a natural Eucalyptus hybrid on the Chowilla Floodplain, South Australia. Supervised by Dr Trevor Edwards and Dr Susan Hoebee.
Supported with funds from NCCARF - Terrestrial Biology Network. Louise is nearing completion of a PhD through the University of Tasmania.

Katherine Sventek (2011) - The significance of morphological variation in Epacris impressa Labill. (Ericaceae: Styphelioideae). Supervised by Dr Trevor Edwards and Dr Susan Hoebee.
Kat is now working as a research assistant for Sugar Research in Tully, Queensland.

Gary Palmer (2011) - Pollination and the evolution of visual signals in four sexually deceptive Chiloglottis species. Supervised by Dr Trevor Edwards and Dr Susan Hoebee.
Gary is undertaking a PhD with Prof Carla Catterall, Griffith University.

Freya Thomas (2011) - Batesian mimicry breakdown in Thelymitra (Orchidaceae). Supervised by Dr Trevor Edwards and Dr Susan Hoebee.
Winner of ANOSvic Gerald McCraith Student Native Orchid Research Prize 2011, David Myers Outstanding Student Award (La Trobe University) 2011 and A.B. Wardrop Prize in Botanical Ecology (La Trobe University) 2011. Freya is nearing completion of a PhD with Dr Peter Vesk, University of Melbourne.

Julie Atkinson (2010) - Evidence for and against regional structuring within the discontinuous distribution of Grevillea chrysophaea Muell. Ex Meisn. (Proteaceae). Supervised by Dr Susan Hoebee and Elizabeth James.

Gerry Ho (2010) - Conservation genetics of the Fryerstown Grevillea, Grevillea obtecta Molyneux (Proteaceae: Grevilleoideae) with reference to its foliar morphology and ecology. Supervised by Dr Susan Hoebee and Elizabeth James.
Winner of the A.B. Wardrop Prize in Botanical Ecology (La Trobe University) 2010. Gerry is currently a PhD student at La Trobe University working on the invasion biology of various irids.

Past Volunteers

Many thanks to our past volunteers: Jinous Rafaei, Fariba Mohsen Nezhad, Rachael Douglas and Glen Ockwell.

Also to numerous undergraduate students who volunteer their time to assist Honours, Masters or PhD students with data collection and field surveys.

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