Linda Riquelme

University of Melbourne

Linda Riquelme is a PhD student in the School of BioSciences at the University of Melbourne. Her research interests range from plant ecology and conservation to remote sensing.

Linda’s research involves estimating the amount of grass in Buloke Woodlands, and how this changes across vegetation types and seasons. She will also look at developing a model that links forage availability with grazing pressure. This information is important because kangaroos will switch to other browse, like Buloke seedlings, when grassy forage is low. To prevent this switch, managers are keen to incorporate forage into the management of kangaroo populations.

Future work will look at how remotely-sensed satellite imagery can be used to estimate grassy biomass more frequently and over larger areas.