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Research interests

I am a botanist, researcher and educator with a demonstrated history of working in the field, laboratory and lecture hall. As a researcher, I am interested in plant taxonomy, ecology and conservation. My current research focuses on using genomic approaches to study the impact of ecology, genetics and changing climates on the success of native species and invasive weeds. I also specialize in ecological modeling of plant species using GIS techniques, and molecular dating of phylogenetic trees. My GIS and analytical skills are paired with years of field experience that include biodiversity surveys, targeted species searches, weed assessments, habitat hectares assessments and desktop surveys for government, indigenous groups, academic bodies, and industry. I have a specialized knowledge of the flora and ecology of southeast Australia, as well as the Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountain regions of North America. I also have many years of experience lecturing in tertiary education, including courses on Australian vegetation, ecology, and plant taxonomy.

Monash teaching commitment

BIO3091: Biology of Australian Vegetation - Unit Coordinator and Primary Lecturer (20 lectures)

BIO3820: Tropical Terrestrial Biology - Lecturer (10 lectures)

ENV2022: Environmental Sampling - Unit Coordinator and Primary Lecturer (16 lectures)

BIOL2011:  Ecology and Biodiversity - Lecturer (11 lectures)

BIO1042: Life in the Environment - Lecturer (4 lectures)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Botany, PhD, Phylogeny and Niche Modeling of Rocky Mountain Daisies, University of British Columbia

Award Date: 1 Sept 2015

Plant Biology, BSc, University of British Columbia

Award Date: 5 Aug 2008

Research area keywords

  • Phylogeny
  • Botany
  • Niche Modeling
  • Taxonomy
  • Asexuality
  • Polyploidy

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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  • Genome assembly of an Australian native grass species reveals a recent whole-genome duplication and biased gene retention of genes involved in stress response

    De Silva, N. P., Lee, C., Battlay, P., Fournier-Level, A., Moore, J. L. & Hodgins, K. A., 12 May 2023, In: GigaScience. 12, 16 p., giad034.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

    Open Access
  • Large haploblocks underlie rapid adaptation in the invasive weed Ambrosia artemisiifolia

    Battlay, P., Wilson, J., Bieker, V. C., Lee, C., Prapas, D., Petersen, B., Craig, S., van Boheemen, L., Scalone, R., de Silva, N. P., Sharma, A., Konstantinović, B., Nurkowski, K. A., Rieseberg, L. H., Connallon, T., Martin, M. D. & Hodgins, K. A., 27 Mar 2023, In: Nature Communications. 14, 1, 15 p., 1717.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

    Open Access
    2 Citations (Scopus)
  • Global urban environmental change drives adaptation in white clover

    Santangelo, J. S., Ness, R. W., Cohan, B., Fitzpatrick, C. R., Innes, S. G., Koch, S., Miles, L. S., Munim, S., Peres-Neto, P. R., Prashad, C., Tong, A. T., Aguirre, W. E., Akinwole, P. O., Alberti, M., Álvarez, J., Anderson, J. T., Anderson, J. J., Ando, Y., Andrew, N. R., Angeoletto, F., & 230 othersAnstett, D. N., Anstett, J., Aoki-Gonçalves, F., Arietta, A. Z. A., Arroyo, M. T. K., Austen, E. J., Baena-Díaz, F., Barker, C. A., Baylis, H. A., Beliz, J. M., Benitez-Mora, A., Bickford, D., Biedebach, G., Blackburn, G. S., Boehm, M. M. A., Bonser, S. P., Bonte, D., Bragger, J. R., Branquinho, C., Brans, K. I., Bresciano, J. C., Brom, P. D., Bucharova, A., Burt, B., Cahill, J. F., Campbell, K. D., Carlen, E. J., Carmona, D., Castellanos, M. C., Centenaro, G., Chalen, I., Chaves, J. A., Chávez-Pesqueira, M., Chen, X. Y., Chilton, A. M., Chomiak, K. M., Cisneros-Heredia, D. F., Cisse, I. K., Classen, A. T., Comerford, M. S., Fradinger, C. C., Corney, H., Crawford, A. J., Crawford, K. M., Dahirel, M., David, S., De Haan, R., Deacon, N. J., Dean, C., Del-Val, E., Deligiannis, E. K., Denney, D., Dettlaff, M. A., DiLeo, M. F., Ding, Y. Y., Domínguez-López, M. E., Dominoni, D. M., Draud, S. L., Dyson, K., Ellers, J., Espinosa, C. I., Essi, L., Falahati-Anbaran, M., Falcão, J. C. F., Fargo, H. T., Fellowes, M. D. E., Fitzpatrick, R. M., Flaherty, L. E., Flood, P. J., Flores, M. F., Fornoni, J., Foster, A. G., Frost, C. J., Fuentes, T. L., Fulkerson, J. R., Gagnon, E., Garbsch, F., Garroway, C. J., Gerstein, A. C., Giasson, M. M., Girdler, E. B., Gkelis, S., Godsoe, W., Golemiec, A. M., Golemiec, M., González-Lagos, C., Gorton, A. J., Gotanda, K. M., Granath, G., Greiner, S., Griffiths, J. S., Grilo, F., Gundel, P. E., Hamilton, B., Hardin, J. M., He, T., Heard, S. B., Henriques, A. F., Hernández-Poveda, M., Hetherington-Rauth, M. C., Hill, S. J., Hochuli, D. F., Hodgins, K. A., Hood, G. R., Hopkins, G. R., Hovanes, K. A., Howard, A. R., Hubbard, S. C., Ibarra-Cerdeña, C. N., Iñiguez-Armijos, C., Jara-Arancio, P., Jarrett, B. J. M., Jeannot, M., Jiménez-Lobato, V., Johnson, M., Johnson, O., Johnson, P. P., Johnson, R., Josephson, M. P., Jung, M. C., Just, M. G., Kahilainen, A., Kailing, O. S., Kariñho-Betancourt, E., Karousou, R., Kirn, L. A., Kirschbaum, A., Laine, A. L., LaMontagne, J. M., Lampei, C., Lara, C., Larson, E. L., Lázaro-Lobo, A., Le, J. H., Leandro, D. S., Lee, C., Lei, Y., León, C. A., Lequerica Tamara, M. E., Levesque, D. C., Liao, W. J., Ljubotina, M., Locke, H., Lockett, M. T., Longo, T. C., Lundholm, J. T., MacGillavry, T., Mackin, C. R., Mahmoud, A. R., Manju, I. A., Mariën, J., Martínez, D. N., Martínez-Bartolomé, M., Meineke, E. K., Mendoza-Arroyo, W., Merritt, T. J. S., Merritt, L. E. L., Migiani, G., Minor, E. S., Mitchell, N., Mohammadi Bazargani, M., Moles, A. T., Monk, J. D., Moore, C. M., Morales-Morales, P. A., Moyers, B. T., Muñoz-Rojas, M., Munshi-South, J., Murphy, S. M., Murúa, M. M., Neila, M., Nikolaidis, O., Njunjić, I., Nosko, P., Núñez-Farfán, J., Ohgushi, T., Olsen, K. M., Opedal, Ø. H., Ornelas, C., Parachnowitsch, A. L., Paratore, A. S., Parody-Merino, A. M., Paule, J., Paulo, O. S., Pena, J. C., Pfeiffer, V. W., Pinho, P., Piot, A., Porth, I. M., Poulos, N., Puentes, A., Qu, J., Quintero-Vallejo, E., Raciti, S. M., Raeymaekers, J. A. M., Raveala, K. M., Rennison, D. J., Ribeiro, M. C., Richardson, J. L., Rivas-Torres, G., Rivera, B. J., Roddy, A. B., Rodriguez-Muñoz, E., Román, J. R., Rossi, L. S., Rowntree, J. K., Ryan, T. J., Salinas, S., Sanders, N. J., Santiago-Rosario, L. Y., Savage, A. M., Scheepens, J. F., Schilthuizen, M., Schneider, A. C., Scholier, T., Scott, J. L., Shaheed, S. A., Shefferson, R. P., Shepard, C. A., Shykoff, J. A., Silveira, G., Smith, A. D., Solis-Gabriel, L., Soro, A., Spellman, K. V., Whitney, K. S., Starke-Ottich, I., Stephan, J. G., Stephens, J. D. & Szulc, J., 18 Mar 2022, In: Science. 375, 6586, p. 1275-1281 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

    30 Citations (Scopus)
  • Townsendia lemhiensis (Asteraceae, Astereae): A narrowly endemic new species from Idaho, USA

    Lee, C., Björk, C. R. & Whitton, J., 22 Mar 2022, In: PhytoKeys. 193, p. 67-75 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

    Open Access
  • Uncovering the genomic basis of an extraordinary plant invasion

    Bieker, V. C., Battlay, P., Petersen, B., Sun, X., Wilson, J., Brealey, J. C., Bretagnolle, F., Nurkowski, K., Lee, C., Barreiro, F. S., Owens, G. L., Lee, J. Y., Kellner, F. L., van Boheeman, L., Gopalakrishnan, S., Gaudeul, M., Mueller-Schaerer, H., Lommen, S., Karrer, G., Chauvel, B., & 8 othersSun, Y., Kostantinovic, B., Dalén, L., Poczai, P., Rieseberg, L. H., Gilbert, M. T. P., Hodgins, K. A. & Martin, M. D., 26 Aug 2022, In: Science Advances. 8, 34, 18 p., eabo5115.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

    Open Access
    6 Citations (Scopus)