Dr Renate Faast

Dr Renate Faast
 Position Postdoctoral Fellow
 Org Unit Ecology and Environmental Science
 Email renate.faast@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8313 5690
 Location Floor/Room 1 23b ,  Benham Laboratories ,   North Terrace
  • Research Interests

    I am a postdoctoral fellow in A/Prof. José Facelli’s lab.

    I am a plant ecologist, with a particular interest in the ecological interactions that affect the reproductive output of plants. 

    My PhD project investigated the reproductive ecology of two species of spider orchids, Caladenia rigida and C. tentaculata, in the Mount Lofty Ranges of South Australia.  This involved developing methods to capture and identify pollinators, assessing the impacts of predation on reproductive success, investigating the potential trade-off between floral attraction of mutualists and antagonists, and testing the variability in seed viability across populations.

    I am currently working on an ARC-linkage funded project, investigating the impacts of prescribed burns on the reproductive ecology of terrestrial orchids. This will involve monitoring orchid populations and pollinators across a number of burnt and control sites in the Mount Lofty Ranges, to determine how fire affects pollination, herbivory, seed production and seedling establishment. We will also develop DNA-barcoding techniques to identify pollinators and the orchids they pollinate.

    Project Support:
    Australian Research Council, University of Adelaide, South Australian Museum, The South Australian Nature Foundation, The Australian Orchid Foundation, SA Water, Forestry SA, and the South Australian Department of Environment, Water & Natural Resources

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