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Shaun Cunningham

Research fellow, Forest ecology, Deakin University

I am a forest ecologist who endeavours to quantify pattern and process in native and planted forests, with the aim of better informing their management. My interests include predicting vegetation condition and extent across landscapes using remote sensing, restoring vegetation and ecological processes in agricultural landscapes, and physiological explanations for plant distribution. My research has ranged in scale from leaf-level processes to vegetation patterns across river basins. I have studied native systems from heathlands to rainforests, and restoration of native vegetation in agricultural landscapes. I am currently investigating structural and compositional changes in vegetation of floodplain and plains woodlands during the Millennium drought and the subsequent wet years.


  • 2013–2016
    Research Fellow, Deakin Univeristy/University of Canberra
  • 2005–2012
    Research Fellow, Monash University
  • 2002–2005
    Technical Officer, CSIRO, Plant Industry
  • 1995–2002
    Ph.D, Monash University
  • 1990–1993
    B.Sc. (Hons.), University of Melbourne
  • 1990–1993
    B.Sc. (Hons.), University of Melbourne