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Dr Christina Birnbaum

Dr Christina Birnbaum
Name Christina Birnbaum
Position Lecturer (Terrestrial Ecology)
Section School of Agriculture and Environmental Science
Office T331
Location Toowoomba Campus
Phone +61 7 4631 2646
Extension 2646
Email
Qualifications BNatSci , MNatSci , PhD Macquarie
Languages Estonian (accredited translator)
German (non accredited translator)
Polish (non accredited translator)
Russian (accredited translator)
Homepage https://sites.google.com/site/birnbaumchristina/
The views expressed on staff homepages may not reflect the views of the University.

Christina has gained 15+ years of research experience working at universities in Europe (Estonian University of Life Sciences), Australia (Deakin, RMIT and Murdoch University) and the USA (Tulane University). This has given her invaluable experience in working with diverse groups of people in academia and industry as well as conduct exciting research pertaining plant-microbial ecological interactions around the world. Christina now serves on the Editorial Board of international peer-review journal Plant Ecology. In 2016, Christina co-founded the inaugural Ecological Society of Australia Plant-Soil Ecology research chapter (RC), where she now serves as a lead-convener. Christina is a strong supporter of equity and diversity in STEM.

Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Terrestrial Ecology ( 310308 )
  • Other Biological Sciences ( 319900 )
  • Microbial Ecology ( 310703 )
  • Global Change Biology ( 319902 )
  • Ecology ( 310300 )
  • Microbiology ( 310700 )

Research interests
Christina is an ecologist interested broadly in plant ecology and plant-microbe-soil interactions. Christina uses field observations, combined with experimental manipulations and molecular tools to explore questions pertaining plant-microbe interactions in diverse ecosystems, including shrublands, saltmarshes, mangroves and peatlands, to inform invasive species management, restoration ecology and plant-microbial dynamics.

USQ Research affiliations

  • Centre for Crop Health (CCH)

Currently teaching courses/programs
BIO1011 Biology
REN2201 Ecological Methods
REN3302 Sustainable Resource Use
REN8203 Sustainability Science

Administrative responsibilities
Major Convenor (Ecology and Conservation)
Major Convenor (Environment and Sustainability)

Research most recent
Birnbaum, C., Waryszak, P., Farrer, E.C. (2021) Direct and indirect effects of climate change in coastal wetlands: Will climate change influence wetlands by affecting plant invasion? Wetlands
Farrer, E., Birnbaum, C., Waryszak, P., Halbrook, S., Brady, M., Bumby, C., Candaele, H., Kulick, N., Lee, S., Schroeder, C., Smith, M., Wilber, W. (2021) Plant and microbial impacts of an invasive species vary across an environmental gradient. Journal of Ecology.
Schroeder, C., Halbrook, S., Birnbaum, C., Waryszak, P., Wilber, W., Farrer, E.C. (2020) The microbial ecology of a widespread invader: Phragmites australis harbors fungal communities characterized by high diversity and pathogen abundance. Diversity.



Research supervisor in the area of:

  • Terrestrial Ecology ( 310308 )
  • Other Biological Sciences ( 319900 )
  • Microbial Ecology ( 310703 )
  • Global Change Biology ( 319902 )
  • Ecology ( 310300 )
  • Microbiology ( 310700 )