Linda Hanlon (nee Lever) graduated on Monday with a PhD in Geography from Melbourne University.
Her thesis examined the abundance of symbiotic fungus (arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM))on the root rhizomes of an invasive and a native dune plant species. Sea wheat grass (Thinopyrum junceiforme) is an invasive species on the coast of Victoria.
Linda’s work involved experiments in both the field and the nursery, manipulating salt levels and introducing AM to dune grasses.
This work is important for understanding some of the drivers of dune plants which is important for stabilisation of the sandy coast.
Congratulations Dr Lynda Lever.