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Tessa Smith

About me

I work at the University of Tasmania as Research Assistant for both D.E.E.P and CABAH. Outside of my work I enjoy participating in and facilitating science communication through my membership of the Science in the Pub Hobart organising committee, and as Co-organiser and MC of Pint of Science Hobart 2018.

Key interests

  • Entomology

  • Palaeoecology

  • Biogeography

  • Science communication 

My research history

 

2017-2019: Research Assistant (CABAH)

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2014-2017: Research Assistant (Deakin University, RMIT University, and the University of Fribourg)

Since completing honours I have worked in environmental consulting and at a Research Assistant at universities in Australia and Switzerland. This included working at the  Interdisciplinary Conservation Science Research Group at RMIT University studying urban ecology of insects in the City of Melbourne in the project ‘The Little Things that Run the City’ and fieldwork with the University of Fribourg, Switzerland surveying the interactions between an invasive weed (Ambrosia artemisifolia) and its biocontrol agent (Ophraella communa).

2010 - 2014: Early Work (Undergraduate and Honours) 

I completed my Honours at Deakin University studying ‘The consequences of marine-derived avian nutrient input into island ecosystems: Palaeoecological insights from Rimatara, French Polynesia” with Dr. Nicholas Porch.

My PhD Research

Commencing 2020

 

Supervisors: Barry Brook, Christopher Johnson and Nicholas Porch (Deakin University). 

Science communication

​2018-ongoing: Science in the Pub Tasmania

As part of the Science in the Pub Tasmania organizing committee I organise monthly science communication events in Hobart. 

2018-2019: Pint of Science Hobart

I volunteered as the City Coordinator ​and MC in 2018 and 2019 when the event was held at the Republic Bar and Cafe and Shambles Brewery in Hobart.

2019: Girls Dig Dinosaurs, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

I was an invited speaker and MC for an event on International Womens Day celebrating women in Paleontology and Earth Sciences to coincide with TMAGs 'Dinosaur rEvolution: Secrets of Survival' exhibition.

2015: The Laborastory, Talk on 'My Science Hero Linnaeus'

The Laborastory is a science storytelling event in Melbourne that gets scientists to tell the stories of their heroes and people that inspired them. Listen here .

Publications

Papers

Benno A. Augustinus, Suzanne T.E. Lommen, Silvia Fogliatto, Francesco Vidotto, Tessa Smith, David Horvath, Maira Bonini, Rodolfo F. Gentili, Sandra Citterio, Heinz Müller-Schärer, Urs Schaffner (2020). In-season leaf damage by a biocontrol agent explains reproductive output of an invasive plant species. NeoBiota 55: 117-146. https://doi.org/10.3897/neobiota.55.46874.

Porch, N., Smith, T. R., and Grieg, K. (2020). Five new Pycnomerus Erichson (Coleoptera: Zopheridae: Pycnomerini) from Raivavae, French Polynesia. Zootaxa 4718 (2): 239–250.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4718.2.5

Porch, N. & Smith, T. R. (2017). New Pycnomerus Erichson (Coleoptera: Zopheridae: Pycnomerini) from Rimatara, French Polynesia. Zootaxa 4327(1): 15. DOI:  http://dx.doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.344557

 

 

Reports

Mata L, Ives CD, Garrard GE, Gordon A, Backstrom A, Cranney K, Smith TR, Stark L, Bickel DJ, Cunningham S, Hahs AK, Hochuli D, Malipatil M, Moir ML, Plein M, Porch N, Semeraro L, Standish R, Walker K, Vesk PA, Parris K, Bekessy SA (2015) The Little Things that Run the City – How do Melbourne’s green spaces support insect biodiversity and promote ecosystem health?  Report prepared for the City of Melbourne. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.18628.53120

 

Kirk H, Smith T, Backstrom A, Morán-Ordóñez A, Garrard GE, Gordon A, Ives CD, Bekessy SA, Mata L. (2017) Our City’s Little Gems – Butterfly diversity and flower-butterfly interactions in the City of Melbourne. Report prepared for the City of Melbourne. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.32050.30409

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