This research is a component of a long-term study focused on the distribution and biodiversity of biocrusts across Australia. In this project you will develop a model to test the key drivers (e.g. soil, vegetation, climate) of species diversity across the arid, semi-arid and savannah regions of Australia. The aim is to identify the most important influences on biocrust species diversity. Outcomes of this research project will result in taking part in the publication of the results in the context of the biogeography of Australian biocrusts.

This project is available to Honours and Postgraduate Coursework students.

Opportunities exist for more in-depth PhD research projects to be developed from these studies.


Project members

Principal Advisor:

Professor Victor Galea

Deputy Head of School
School of Agriculture and Food Sciences

Associate Supervisors:

Dr Miriam Munoz Rojas (UNSW)

Dr Wendy Williams

Research Fellow
School of Agriculture and Food Sciences

Professor Susanne Schmidt

School of Agriculture and Food Sciences