Professor Mark Hovenden


Mark is originally from the far west of Sydney, out near the Blue Mountains, where he grew up loving being in the bush, finding plants and bird-watching. Mark did his undergraduate degrees at the University of Sydney before working as a research assistant, also at Sydney Uni, investigating the way that changes in sea level influence growth and survival of mangroves. After a couple of years, Mark moved to Hobart, Tasmania, to work at the Australian Antarctic Division, where he stayed for the next five years. Mark travelled to Casey Station in Antarctica and studied terrestrial lichen communities, being awarded his PhD in 1997. Next he worked on how low temperatures affected the growth of eucalypts in high altitude plantations in Tasmania for a year before becoming an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, based in the School of Plant Science at the University of Tasmania in 1998. Mark has remained at the  Uni of Tasmania since then and has broadened his research interests over the years with the aim of understanding the way that ecosystems work and will respond to the changing global conditions.

Kate Stevenson

Kate is the key worker in the Plant Ecology group and is the person in charge of everything we do! Kate came to the UTas Plant Ecology group from La Trobe University in Melbourne. Kate started Honours in August 2016 and examined whether carbon dioxide concentrations affect the ability of ryegrass plants in the TasFACE2 experiment to assimilate nitrogen. Kate used several lines of evidence to examine this essential aspect of potential climate change impacts with great success.

Kate is now in charge of overseeing all of our experimental endeavours. Kate is also the key person for getting our discrete analyser, Bertha, to do what she’s told!

Melika Missen

Mel Gerwin

Marion Nyberg

Katya Bandow

Rachel Meadowcroft


Zach Brown

Zach Brown

Zach completed his PhD in August 202. Zach’s thesis was entitled “The Effects of Elevated Carbon Dioxide on Greenhouse Gas Emissions from a Temperate Pasture”. Zach originally trained at the Indiana University at Bloomington, IN, USA and is now the Senior Technical Officer at the Australian National University where he is in charge of the installation of the Australian Mountain Research Facility (AMRF). You can read more about AMRF here.

Travis Britton

Rose Brinkhoff


These people have worked or studied in the Plant Ecology Research Group over recent years and made large contributions to our understanding of Plant Ecology.

Meagan Porter and Anna Flittner


Meagan plotting Silver Plains sites


Anna on the road to Silver Plains

For several years, Meagan and Anna were the two core workers of the Plant Ecology group; they were in charge of the laboratories and were responsible for the maintenance of ALL our experiments. Together, Meagan and Anna controlled the smooth running of our group, made sure our students got the support they needed both in the field and the lab and managed the field experiments, keeping everything running and ensuring our data are all archived.

Meagan is originally from the Dandenong Ranges in Victoria but moved to Tasmania in 2010 where she studied Plant Science. Along with Rose (see above) Meagan led the establishment of TasFACE2 and the Warming-Species Removal (WSR) experiments during the 2014/15 summer and was also deeply involved in the establishment and first round of measurements in the AFEX experiment. Meagan now works in the fire Centre, also at the University of Tasmania.

Anna has a first class Honours degree in Plant Ecology and has lived and worked in several different places from Hobart to the Torres Strait via Launceston and Brisbane.