Welcome to the Plant Invasion and Restoration Ecology Lab’s (PIREL) website. PIREL is the research lab of Professor Michelle Leishman. We do fundamental plant ecological research, focusing on the response of plants to climate change, on how exotic plants can become invasive in novel environments, and on the development of rehabilitation and restoration strategies for native vegetation. We use a range of different approaches including field and glasshouse studies, bioclimatic modelling, functional trait comparisons, genetic analyses, and meta-analyses.
PIREL in 2016 – (from left) Samyia, James, Katie, Michelle, Nola, Alex and Finn, Guyo, Ina, Laura
We have close ties with other research groups at Macquarie, particularly the Plant-Insect Interactions and Climate Change Ecology lab (led by Prof Lesley Hughes), Dr Kirstie Fryirs’ lab and Dr Ian Wright’s lab.
Header pictures (L-R): River (photo: John Martyn), weedy Paraserianthes lophantha and Delairea odorata (photo: Julia Cooke), Acacia cyclops seeds (photo: Christina Birnbaum), fieldwork (photo: Carla Harris), replantings (photo: Dan Keating) and Sydney vegetation (photo: John Martyn).