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Student research underpins much of the research completed by SOSnowgum. We are currently accepting applications for Honours/Masters research programs focussed on;

  • Dendrochronological dating of historic tree mortality events

  • Climatological sensitivity of multiproxy tree-ring chronologies from Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp. niphophila

  • Status of Eucalyptus lacrimans stands in the high plains of NSW.

  • Stable oxygen isotopic analysis of xylem, rain, stream and ground waters
  • Mycorrhizal and fine-root response to dieback

  • Physiological assays of Eucalyptus pauciflora taxa

  • Soil nitrogen dynamics under different vegetation communities

  • Morphology and olfactory response of Phoracantha mastersi

  • Description of Eucalyptus pauciflora wood anatomy and association with intra-annual growth

  • Impact of dieback on understorey composition

  • Response of Phoracantha mastersi to variation in host moisture content

Email SOSnowgum for more information on potential research projects.

Current and recent student projects are listed below. Email SOSnowgum for summaries of the research outcomes of the listed projects.


  • Olsson, R (2024-) Futures literacy when making climate adaptation decisions: snow-gum dieback in the Australian Alps

  • Midson, A (2024-) Modelling future dynamics and management strategies for snow-gum woodlands using the terrestrial biosphere model LPJ-GUESS'

  • Charerntantanakul, W (2023-) Detection of snow gum (Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp. niphophila) dieback in sub-alpine woodlands through satellite imagery and remote sensing

  • Medd, O (2023-) Stable isotopic dendrochronological properties of Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp. niphophila in dieback affected sub-alpine woodlands


  • Shi, M (2020-21) The potential for dating historical Phoracantha-related Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp. niphophila dieback in Kosciuszko National Park using dendrochronological methods

  • Ward-Jones, J (2019-20) Dieback of sub-alpine snow gums, Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp. niphophila in Perisher Valley, Kosciuszko National Park: a description of symptoms and landscape drivers


  • Zarew, L (2024) Assessing variability in seedling frost tolerance among snow gum populations

  • Aitken, S (2023) Leaf traits and snow gum dieback in Kosciuszko National Park

  • Bender, I (2023) Managing ecological transformation and the role for futures capacity

  • Erskine, J (2023) wood anatomical and vascular traits associated with snow-gum dieback in Kosciuszko National Park

  • Remont, C (2023) Phytophthora cryptogea is a probable contributing factor to ribbon gum dieback in the Monaro region

  • Kell, A (2022) Behavioural responses to olfaction and contact cues in the polyphagous herbivorous insect, Extatosoma tiaratum

  • Midson, A (2022) Applicability of optical dendrometry for estimating water stress in Eucalyptus pauciflora

  • Meyer, J (2020-21) An evaluation of flight intercept trap design factors affecting Coleoptera detection, focusing on the family Cerambycidae

  • Jones, M (2021-22) Dendrochronological dating of historic dieback of Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp. niphophila in Kosciuszko National Park

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