DR Sabine Kasel

DR Sabine Kasel


  • Climate Change Adaptation
  • Forest Ecology & Resilience
  • Plant Ecology & Vegetation Science
  • Restoration Ecology & Ecological Restoration
  • Soil Science & Ecology



  • In 1999 I completed my PhD on ‘The decline of Eucalyptus camphora and E. ovata within the Yellingbo State Nature Reserve, Victoria’. This project set out to identify and characterize the key processes in nutrient cycling and in water availability and uptake in riparian Eucalyptus communities, and to quantify their capacity to cope with changes in nutrient and water inputs brought about by changes in land management. From 2000 to 2002 I worked as a post-doctoral research fellow within the Centre for Environmental Management at Central Queensland University. During this time I completed a number of projects concerned with the conservation and rehabilitation of forested landscapes surrounding large industry. In 2002 I joined the Victorian Government Department of Sustainability and Environment where I was employed to lead research activities associated with the re-establishment of native vegetation to 2,000 ha of former pine plantations in NE Victoria. I joined the University of Melbourne in August 2004 where I research ecosystem processes in the context of forest landscape restoration. More recently I have also been investigating the effects of management and climate change on the vulnerability and resilience of native forests.

    I teach into the Master of Forest Ecosystem Science where I co-cordinate the subject Ecological Restoration.


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Education and training

  • PhD, The University of Western Australia 2000
  • BSc (Hons), University of Melbourne 1992



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  • Current PhD Students Ruvinie Withana - Eucalypt-mycorrhizal associations under a changing climate Gregor Sanders - Vulnerability and resilience of Eucalypts to climatic variation in south-eastern Australia Linda Parker - The autecology of Astelia australiana: the role of fire and climate variability Merryn Smith – Non-structural carbohydrate allocation and dynamics in eucalypt trees Anu Singh - Effects of climate variability on regeneration of Eucalyptus: implications for plant community development and turnover Completed PhD Students Helen Vickers 2018, The influence of climate variability and fire regimes on shrub communities Melissa Fedrigo 2016, Characterising and modelling the structure and extent of Cool Temperate Rainforests for improved estimation of carbon stocks Deepa Shree Rawal 2014, Phenology, ontogeny and genetic variation: investigating the phenological responses of Eucalyptus species to environmental variability Himlal Baral 2013, Trade-offs among ecosystem services in production landscapes in south-eastern Australia Chris Murray 2013, The role of artificial wetlands in supporting waterbird communities in Victoria, Australia Tom Wright 2010, Biodiversity outcomes of plantation expansion into agricultural and native forest landscapes Brett Parker 2010, Feeding ecology of sambar and fallow deer in NE Victoria Trevor Meers 2007, The role of plant functional traits in determining the response of vegetation to land-use change on the Delatite Peninsula, Victoria