Jasmine is a PhD student with Richard Fuller, Aleks Terauds (AAD), Justine Shaw (UQ/AAD), Iadine Chades (CSIRO) and Hugh Possingham (UQ). Her PhD focuses on conserving biodiversity in the Antarctic under climate change. In particular Jasmine’s project will look at how the distributions of species in ice-free areas will be affected by climate and other threats, such as invasive species and tourism. The next stage will incorporate this information into a prioritisation of protected areas and climate adaptation actions.
Jasmine graduated from the University of Queensland with a bachelor of science in 2011. Her honours year was spent investigating the vulnerability of Australia’s threatened species to climate change. The project found great spatial variation in the different sensitivity and exposure factors contributing to climate change vulnerability. The main factors driving vulnerability were low genetic variability, dependence on a particular disturbance regime and reliance on a particular moisture regime or habitat. Almost half of the threatened species considered were vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, and amphibians were the most vulnerable group. Jasmine then worked as a research assistant for Dr Richard Fuller at the University of Queensland. She designed, collected and analysed data for databases, wrote and edited reports and papers and collaborated with researchers from CSIRO, WWF Australia, the University of Queensland and the University of Melbourne on various projects. Jasmine organised the outback bird surveys and also managed the labs finance and travel arrangements.