Technical Officer and PhD student Email: Susan.Rutherford@rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au Phone: (02) 9231 8144
My research interests center on evolutionary biology with a focus on the evolution of eucalypts. I am using new genetic techniques in combination with morphological, functional trait and environmental data to address questions concerning speciation, adaptation, phenotypic plasticity and species boundaries.
Currently, I am working on my PhD, which investigates speciation in the green ash eucalypts (in Eucalyptus subgenus Eucalyptus). I am also working as a technical officer on a number of other projects.
My background was in plant ecophysiology and I continue to work with collaborators on the water relations of the wallum vegetation of the North Coast (NSW).
Adaptive variation versus vicariance: what drives speciation in Eucalyptus?
Population genomics of Eucalyptus tetrapleura and other closely related and co-occurring ironbarks
Biodiversity Adaptation Transect Sydney (BATS)