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Dr Patricia Lu-Irving

Technical Officer

Research Interests

I am fascinated by the exceptional diversity of flowering plants. In my research, I seek to understand the evolutionary and ecological processes which shape patterns of plant diversity. In particular, I am interested in how recent, rapid shifts in plant traits in response to new or changing environments can inform our understanding of plant evolution. As plants respond to global change, we have the opportunity to study their evolution on human-observable timescales, unlocking the knowledge to improve biodiversity management practices into the future.

Read more about my publications on Google Scholar

Current Projects

I am part of the Restore & Renew team, investigating within-species patterns of genetic diversity and local adaptation in native Australian plants, and exploring the conservation implications of these patterns.

Additionally, I am developing projects using genomic tools to investigate trait-environment associations in both Australian native plants (Endiandra), and invasive plants (Lantana).

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