The Frank Keenan Scholarships

Mr Gert Hoy Talbo

"To keep green roofs greener for longer."


Mr Luis Orozco Aguilar

Luis is from Nicaragua (Central America), doing a Master Science in Tropical Agroforestry, majoring in Forestry. He has worked the last 10 years with coffee and cacao farmers in Central America and also for a development-research based project lead by CATIE. His research project is about tree biomass and growth rate modelling to improve the assessment of urban tree benefits.


Mr Muhammad Naveed Tareen

Mahammad's describes his background education as the following:
"I did B.Sc (Hons) in Agriculture majoring in Horticulture. After that I served for three years the Agriculture Research Department Baluchistan. In 2006 I got admission in M.Sc (Hons) Horticulture. After two and half years completing Masters I again joined the Department. I worked on different positions; as Research Officer and Horticulturist for six years. My research focus was mainly the production technology of deciduous fruits i.e. propagation, plantation and production of deciduous fruits. Then I applied for the Australia Awards scholarship and got admission in Master of Agricultural Science. Currently I am doing research on the post harvest performance of apple fruit. Determining optimum harvest time and application rate of 1-MCP to inhibit apples ethylene production, to increase its self-life."


Ms Jessica Kurylo

Jesse Kurylo's research currently focuses on the quality of our residential landscapes, in terms of how we garden, for wildlife, particularly butterflies. She hopes to finish her PhD next year and find a job.


Mr Andrea Pianella

Andrea's PhD project investigates the thermal performance of green roofs. It aims to quantify the energy saving potential of buildings with green roofs in areas with Mediterranean climates, and help the selection of substrates and plant species to provide optimal thermal performance.

He describes his future career aspirations as:
"Nurturing my interests from scientific and policy perspectives. Working for the United Nations. Lecturing."

Presented by: Professor Gerd Bossinger, on behalf of Frank Keenan's family
Presented on: Wednesday 29 July 2015

Established in 2007 through a bequest from Frank Keenan MBE. Frank Keenan was a horticulturalist and parks administrator who studied at the Burnley Horticultural College, 1929-30.

He retired as director of the Melbourne City Council's Parks, Gardens & Recreation Department in 1978. In the same year he was made a member of the Order of the British Empire for services to the community.