The forest science major has equipped me with the knowledge and the skills to design and implement sampling procedures as well as develop management plans.
I have developed a novel method (less-invasive, fast and reliable) to assess the growth rates and age of urban trees. Using this method I have studied trees within Melbourne's urban forest that are up to 135 years old, healthy and growing at 2.2mm per year; which is pretty wonderful.
I was able to contribute to a mangrove rehabilitation project by spending an afternoon planting mangrove trees.
My PhD research targeted the science–management interface, acknowledging that both scientists and managers play vital roles in the creation and use of scientific evidence in conservation management.
I used to go through my grandfather’s wildlife magazines and write lists of all the threatened species then make ‘fact sheets’ for how to save them.
Bachelor of Science student, Mitchell Stephen, talks about his experience studying Forest Systems, a third-year Forest Science capstone subject.