Introduction to Phaius australis – the New Swamp Orchid YouTube channel with 3 video modules profiling USC PhD student Laura Simmons study of Phaius australis the endangered swamp orchid.
Passionate about educating the community these video modules feature the PhD project undertaken by Laura Simmons.
Meet the Phaius – this video introduces the endangered swamp orchid Phaius australis and highlights the community interest and concern for the conservation of this species.
Laura Cam on Phaius – This video travels to some of Australia’s most scenic locations with USC PhD student Laura Simmons as she discovers more about this beautiful orchid.
Lowdown on the swamp orchid – This video tells the story of Phaius australis that was revealed by USC PhD student Laura Simmons and the implications for its conservation and restoration.
Laura Simmons is currently undertaking her PhD at USC under the supervision of Dr Alison Shapcott and Dr Robert Lamont. Laura’s PhD examines the conservation of the endangered Swamp Orchids Phaius australis and Phaius bernaysii. This study aims to collect genetic, reproductive and demographic data from Phaius australis populations across a climatic gradient (including Fraser Island). The genetic and ecological studies will identify populations at greatest threat in terms of persistence in a fragmented world, on island ecosystems and adaptation to changing climatic conditions. Assessments of population growth or decline across the climatic spectrum may indicate an ability of the species to progressively track the environment. Climate simulations will be used to develop modifications to the model transition values (fecundity or mortality), to project long term persistence within these ecosystems.