Jess is a qualified ecologist who works as a Seedbank Assistant with the Australian PlantBank
. Her role is both field based and laboratory based with an overall aim of contributing towards species conservation.
In the field Jess assists with seed and voucher collections from wild plants. Days in the field are often long and several kilometres may be trekked through rugged terrain, before suitable collection candidates are located.
In the PlantBank laboratory, Jess is responsible for processing and packaging seed collections and undertaking viability assessments. These viability assessments consist of seed cut tests, X-rays and germination trials. Since seeds possess a range of physiological and morphological characteristics, no two tasks are ever the same when fulfilling the role as Seedbank Assistant with PlantBank!