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Researcher: Schweitzer, J (Dr Jen Schweitzer)

Fields of Research

Evolutionary biology
Ecosystem function
Terrestrial ecology
Community ecology (excl. invasive species ecology)
Biosecurity science and invasive species ecology
Biological adaptation
Freshwater ecology
Microbial ecology
Soil chemistry and soil carbon sequestration (excl. carbon sequestration science)
Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation
Environmental rehabilitation and restoration
Global change biology

Research Objectives

Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
Assessment and management of freshwater ecosystems
Terrestrial biodiversity
Other environmental management
Native forests
Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
Hardwood plantations
Fresh, ground and surface water biodiversity
Assessment and management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean ecosystems
Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
Effects of climate change on Australia (excl. social impacts)
Evaluation, allocation, and impacts of land use

Career Best Publications

Research Publications

The role of plant genetics in determining above- and below-ground microbial communities; Microbial ecology of aerial plant surfaces
'All effects of a gene on the world': Extended phenotypes, feedbacks, and multi-level selection; Ecoscience
A community and ecosystem genetics approach to conservation biology and management; Molecular Approaches in Natural Resource Conservation and Management
A framework for community and ecosystem genetics: from genes to ecosystems; Nature Reviews Genetics
A fungal endophyte slows litter decomposition in streams; Freshwater Biology
A genetic similarity rule determines arthropod community structure; Molecular Ecology
Developmental trajectories in cottonwood phytochemistry; Journal of Chemical Ecology
Extending genomics to natural communities and ecosystems; Science
Forest gene diversity is correlated with the composition and function of soil microbial communities ; Population Ecology
From genes to ecosystems: a synthesis of the effects of plant genetic factors across levels of organization; Royal Society of London. Philosophical Transactions. Biological Sciences
From genes to ecosystems: an emerging synthesis of eco-evolutionary dynamics; New Phytologist
From genes to ecosystems: The genetic basis of condensed tannins and their role in nutrient regulation in a Populus model system; Ecosystems
Galling by Rhopalomyia solidaginis alters Solidago altissima architecture and litter nutrient dynamics in an old-field ecosystem; Plant and Soil: International Journal on Plant-Soil Relationships
Genetic basis of aboveground productivity in two native Populus species and their hybrids; Tree Physiology: An International Botanical Journal
Genetic structure of a foundation species: scaling community phenotypes from the individual to the region; Heredity
Genetic variation and community change - selection, evolution, and feedbacks; Functional Ecology
Herbivory differentially alters plant litter dynamics of evergreen and deciduous trees ; Oikos: A Journal of Ecology
Host-plant genetics affect hidden ecological players: Links among Populus, condensed tannins and fungal endophyte infection; Canadian Journal of Botany
Introduced ungulate herbivore alters soil processes after fire ; Biological Invasions
New directions for studying selection in nature: studies of performance and communities; Physiological and Biochemical Zoology
New frontiers in community and ecosystem genetics for theory, conservation, and management; New Phytologist
Non-additive effects of genotypic diversity increase floral abundance and abundance of floral visitors; PLoS ONE
Nonadditive effects of mixing cottonwood genotypes on litter decomposition and nutrient dynamics; Ecology
Phylogenetic responses of forest trees to global change; PLoS ONE
Plant-soil-microorganism interactions: Heritable relationship between plant genotype and associated soil microorganisms ; Ecology
Population, community and ecosystem effects of exotic herbivores: A growing global concern; Biological Invasions
Rapid shifts in the chemical composition of aspen forests: an introduced herbivore as an agent of natural selection; Biological Invasions
Soil biota drive expression of genetic variation and development of population-specific feedbacks in an invasive plant; Ecology
Soil nitrogen availability varies with plant genetics across diverse river drainages; Plant and Soil
Soil-mediated local adaptation alters seedling survival and performance; Plant and Soil: international journal on plant-soil relationships
Soils as agents of selection: feedbacks between plants and soils alter seedling survival and performance; Evolutionary Ecology
The interaction of plant genotype and herbivory decelerate leaf litter decomposition and alter nutrient dynamics; Oikos: A Journal of Ecology
The role of plant resistance and tolerance to herbivory in mediating the effects of introduced herbivores; Biological Invasions
Welcome to the neighbourhood: Interspecific genotype by genotype interactions in Solidago influence above- and belowground biomass and associated communities; Ecology Letters

Research Projects

From Genes to Ecosystems: Are there Biodiversity and Ecosystem Consequences of Genetic Divergence in Eucalyptus?; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Rising Stars 3; University of Tasmania (UTAS)

Research Candidate Supervision

Ecology Factors Affecting Forest Carbon Stores in Tasmania
The Influence of Plant Species on Soil Processes in a Tasmanian Grassland