University of Melbourne
Parkville, VIC 3010
The impact of vegetation communities on carbon sequestration in freshwater wetlands
Saras’ research interests include marine and freshwater aquatic ecology. Saras became interested in working on wetland systems after working for USAID on a wetland rehabilitation initiative for water-stressed Gaza Strip. Her PhD thesis involves looking at the role of vegetation community composition and plant functional traits on carbon sequestration in freshwater wetlands, and how these relationships inform restoration. Her research aims to improve our understanding of the dynamics of carbon sequestration may contribute to better conservation of inland freshwater resources in Victoria.
Supervisory team: Peter Vesk (University of Melbourne), Jane Catford (Univiversity of Southhampton) and A/Prof Peter Macreadie (Deakin)
Publications: Carnell PE, Windecker SM, Brenker M, Baldock J, Maque P, Brunt K, Macreadie PI (2018) Carbon stocks, sequestration, and emission of wetlands in south eastern Australia. Global Change Biology.
Funding: ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions, Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment & The Ecological Society of Australia
Decomposition, functional traits, wetlands, soil carbon, thermogravimetric analysis
Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment (2015)
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation Research grant
University of Melbourne Botany Foundation
Melbourne International Research Scholarship- University of Melbourne (2014)
MSc- Environmental Biology- University of Pennsylvania, USA (2012)
BA Biology- University of Pennsylvania, USA (2012)