As a PhD student, I investigated the relationships between climbing plant ecophysiological traits, plant canopy architecture and solar radiation interception.
My research aimed to identify a diverse suite of non-invasive climbing plant species for green facades that will thrive in temperate and Mediterranean Australian climates while providing optimal building cooling and energy-saving benefits.
Plant selections informed by biogeographical and ecophysiological trait data can greatly reduce the risk of green facade failure in new building constructions and building retrofits.
This work contributed to our fundamental understanding of climbing plant ecology and to the development of a green façade thermal model that accurately characterises the complexity of the plant layer.
The project was a multi-faculty initiative involving the Melbourne School of Land and Environment, the Melbourne School of Engineering and the Graduate School of Design. It was co-funded by Nursery and Garden Industry Australia.
Annie has had a tree change and is now a poet living in Castlemaine.
1991 Bachelor of Arts (honours), Anthropology, Latrobe University
2011 Master of Urban Horticulture, Department of Resource Management & Geography, The University of Melbourne (Burnley Campus)