Mason Campbell is a PhD student from James Cook University in Cairns studying under the supervision of Distinguished Professor Bill Laurance. Mason’s current research interests are focused on identifying the impacts of forest fragment size and climate change upon rainforest liana/tree interactions.
Mason is interested in determining the anthropogenic impact of both local and landscape scale habitat perturbations on liana ecology. Additionally, he is examining how habitat fragmentation alters liana/tree interactions within remnant rainforest fragments.
Although his research is based in northern Australia on the Atherton Tableland, Mason is also interested in how these emerging threats will impact the tropical rainforests of the world. This will be examined through a larger study his research forms part of, with collaborators in the Amazon and Borneo. As a whole, Mason’s research interests focus on determining how tropical ecosystems respond to human impacts with the goal of improving conservation practices.
Prior to undertaking his PhD Mason worked for an environmental consultancy as a botanist and environmental scientist examining the flora in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, the tropical savannahs of Cape York Peninsula and many other parts of northern Queensland. Mason has also worked for the Australian Tropical Herbarium in Cairns, the CNRS in the French Alps and CSIRO in Canberra. Mason’s academic background includes an honours thesis at the Australian National University in Canberra, a voluntary botanical internship at the Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research (Australian National Herbarium) and a Bachelor of Science from James Cook University, double majoring in botany and zoology.
Mason is also the proud winner of the 2015 James Cook University, Three Minute Thesis Competition. His title “Anthropogenic rainforest fragmentation and its impact on nature’s greatest rivalry” is well worth watching here.