Australian Institute of Alpine Studies

Gemma Hoyle



Australian National University



contact details

Evolution, Ecology & Genetics, Research School of Botany, Banks Building (#44), Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200, Australia, Mob: 0405495774

research interests


Good R, Fethers S, Cosgrove C, McAuliffe J, Nicotra A and Hoyle G (2009). Australian National Botanic Gardens: protecting alpine plants in the face of climate change. Australasian Plant Conservation: Bulletin of the Australian Network for Plant

Hoyle GL, Venn SE, Steadman KJ, Good RB, McAuliffe EJ, Williams ER and Nicotra AB (2012). Soil warming increases plant diversity but decreases germination from an alpine soil seed bank. Global Change Biology. In review.

current research or projects

I am currently an ARC funded post-doc on a collaborative project between the Australian National University (ANU) and the Australian National Botanic Gardens (ANBG). This project is investigating impacts of climate change in the Australian Alps on the reproductive ecology and demography of alpine flora. Studies are focused on the key demographic stages of seeds and seedlings, including the plants’ ability to produce and disperse viable seeds and recruit seedlings in warmer, drier conditions. In particular I am currently investigating alpine seed germination strategies including dormancy mechanisms and persistence in the soil seed bank. Project outcomes will contribute to effective management of alpine flora in situ, particularly in anticipation of significant climate change.

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