Assoc Prof Zdravko Baruch

Formerly, I was Professor at Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas, Venezuela where I mostly studied the ecophysiology of wild and cultivated native and exotic forage grasses in the Neotropical savanna biome. I taught General Ecology, Vegetation Analysis and Invasion Ecology at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I trained and advised a few brilliant students, from a five year Biology Curriculum, and many of their graduation theses led to publications in international refereed journals.

I have published ca. 50 papers and have delivered many presentations in domestic and international meetings. I was founder and first President of the Venezuelan Society of Ecology, was awarded several national and international research grants and was fortunate to spend a few sabbatical years in renowned research institutions.

Currently, I am associated with the AusPlot group of the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) analysing data and preparing publications and presentations on the Australian rangeland vegetation. Also, I am keeping busy with the study of restoration ecology and plant ecophysiology of the important native shrub Dodonaea viscosa. Also, I help design research projects within the Adaptation for Conservation & Restoration group in the Lowe Lab Group.