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Dr Megan Good

Dr Megan Good

Research Associate

Megan is a vegetation ecologist with an interest in landscape scale vegetation change particularly in temperate and semi-arid woodlands and grasslands. She has worked closely with landholders and land managers to identify drivers of vegetation change in agricultural landscapes. In particular, Megan has investigated increases in shrub abundance in western New South Wales and eucalypt regeneration and mortality in the floodplains of the Murray Darling Basin.

Megan earned a PhD from the University of New England in 2013 and Bachelor of Biological Science (Honours) from La Trobe University in 2007. Megan's PhD thesis investigated the population and plant community dynamics of coolibah woodlands in the floodplains of northern New South Wales. She has over 10 years of field based research experience conducting botanical surveys, soil sampling, and tree measurements in a vast array of ecosystems including floodplains, grasslands, coastal scrub, and alpine herb fields. Recently, Megan has been investigating the causes of tree death in south-east South Australia and she has helped create and run the SA Tree Watch website.

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  • 2013: Doctor of Philosophy, University of New England
  • 2007: Bachelor of Biological Science (Honours), La Trobe University
  • 2017: Faculty of Science and Technology, Federation University Australia - Learning and Teaching Award for outstanding collaborative and creative efforts to provide a high quality learning experience to students
  • 2011: Ecological Society of Australia Annual Conference, Hobart - Wiley Blackwell Student Prize for outstanding student presentation
Professional associations
  • Ecological Society of Australia
  • FedUni Botanical Society
Professional experience
  • 2015-2018: Research Associate, Federation University Australia
  • 2016-2017: Lecturer, Environmental Science, Federation University Australia
  • 2012-2013: Research Associate, La Trobe University
  • 2013: Ecological consultant, Charles Sturt University
  • 2013: Ecological consultant, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
  • 2007-2012: Teaching Assistant, University of New England
  • Book chapters or sections

    Good, M.K., Smith, R., & Pettit, N. (2017). Forests and woodlands of Australia's rivers and floodplains. In Australian Vegetation third edition, Ed D A Keith. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, United Kingdom, pp. 516-543

  • Journal papers

    Bjorkman, A.D., Myers-Smith, I.H., Elmendorf, S.C., Normand, S., Thomas, H.J.D., Alatalo, J.M., Alexander, H., Anadon-Rosell, A., Angers-Blondin, S., Bai, Y., Baruah, G., te Beest, M., Berner, L., Björk, R.G., Blok, D., Bruelheide, H., Buchwal, A., Buras, A., Carbognani, M., Christie, K., Collier, L.S., Cooper, E.J., Cornelissen, J.H.C., Dickinson, K.J.M., Dullinger, S., Elberling, B., Eskelinen, A., Forbes, B.C., Frei, E.R., Iturrate-Garcia, M., Good, M.K., Grau, O., Green, P., Greve, M., Grogan, P., Haider, S., Hájek, T., Hallinger, M., Happonen, K., Harper, K.A., Heijmans, M.M.P.D., Henry, G.H.R., Hermanutz, L., Hewitt, R.E., Hollister, R.D., Hudson, J., Hülber, K., Iversen, C.M., Jaroszynska, F., Jiménez-Alfaro, B., Johnstone, J., Jorgensen, R.H., Kaarlejärvi, E., Klady, R., Klimešová, J., Korsten, A., Kuleza, S., Kulonen, A., Lamarque, L.J., Lantz, T., Lavalle, A., Lembrechts, J.J., Lévesque, E., Little, C.J., Luoto, M., Macek, P., Mack, M.C., Mathakutha, R., Michelsen, A., Milbau, A., Molau, U., Morgan, J.W., Mörsdorf, M.A., Nabe-Nielsen, J., Nielsen, S.S., Ninot, J.M., Oberbauer, S.F., Olofsson, J., Onipchenko, V.G., Petraglia, A., Pickering, C., Prevéy, J.S., Rixen, C., Rumpf, S.B., Schaepman-Strub, G., Semenchuk, P., Shetti, R., Soudzilovskaia, N.A., Spasojevic, M.J., Speed, J.D.M., Street, L.E., Suding, K., Tape, K.D., Tomaselli, M., Trant, A., Treier, U.A., Tremblay, J., Tremblay, M., Venn, S., Virkkala, A., Vowles, T., Weijers, S., Wilmking, M., Wipf, S. & Zamin, T. (2018). Tundra Trait Team: A database of plant traits spanning the tundra biome. Global Ecology And Biogeography, 27(12), 1402-1411. doi: 10.1111/geb.12821

    Schultz, N.L., & Good, M.K. (2018). Systemic iron implants alleviate symptoms of Mundulla Yellows in roadside eucalypts in south east South Australia. Australasian Plant Pathology, 47(4), 393-403. doi: 10.1007/s13313-018-0571-y

    Good, M.K., Clarke, P.J., Price, J.N., & Reid, N. (2014). Seasonality and facilitation drive tree establishment in a semi-arid floodplain savanna. Oecologia, 175(1), 261-271. doi: 10.1007/s00442-014-2886-x

    Good, M.K., Schultz, N.L., Tighe, M., Reid, N., & Briggs, S.V. (2013). Herbaceous vegetation response to grazing exclusion in patches and inter-patches in semi-arid pasture and woody encroachment. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 179, 125-132. doi: 10.1016/j.agee.2013.08.002

    Good, M.K., Price, J.N., Clarke, P.J., & Reid, N. (2012). Dense regeneration of floodplain Eucalyptus coolabah: Invasive scrub or passive restoration of an endangered woodland community? The Rangeland Journal, 34(2), 219-230. doi: 10.1071/RJ12008

    Good, M.K., Price, J.N., Clarke, P., & Reid, N. (2011). Densely regenerating coolibah (Eucalyptus coolabah) woodlands are more species-rich than surrounding derived grasslands in floodplains of eastern Australia. Australian Journal of Botany, 59(5), 468-479. doi: 10.1071/BT11079

  • Reports

    Schultz, N., Good, M., & Hansen, B. (2016). Final report on tree decline and death project. Ballarat, Australia: Federation University Australia.

    Schultz, N.L., & Good, M.K. (2015). Tree decline in the Coorong and Tatiara, South Australia: Literature review and statement of research priorities. Ballarat, Australia: Centre for Environmental Management, Federation University Australia.

    Good, M.K., Schultz, N.L., & Reid, N. (2012). Large-Scale Direct Drill Revegetation for Biodiversity Project (Stage 2): Establishment Results after 3 Months. Armidale, Australia: School of Environmental and Rural Science, University of New England.

    Reid, N., Good, M.K., & Schultz, N.L. (2012). Large-Scale Direct Drill Revegetation for Biodiversity Project (Stage 2): Re-read of Biodiversity and Carbon Measurements at Stage 1 Sites. Armidale, Australia: School of Environmental and Rural Science, University of New England.

    Reid, N., Good, M.K., & Schultz, N.L. (2012). Large Scale Direct Drill Revegetation for Biodiversity Project (Stage 2): Baseline Measurements for Biodiversity and Carbon. Armidale, Australia: School of Environmental and Rural Science, University of New England.

Associate supervisor

  • Corrine Duncan (PhD candidate, Federation University Australia) - Seed dormancy, germination and restoration of keystone arid plant species under water stress thresholds
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