Jarvis Mihsill

As a Master of Urban Horticulture student, I investigated the insect order diversity of urban green spaces in Melbourne. Using 13 golf courses as a model of green space diversity, insects collected by sweep net sampling were sorted to order for abundance and richness analysis to relate against vegetation complexity and characteristics data.

This project contributed to a larger project that assessed biodiversity and ecosystem services within Melbourne green spaces. It aimed to understand how the management of urban green spaces influences biodiversity (Ordinal diversity and Hemiptera diversity).

It assessed how insect diversity changes within green spaces that differ in age, structural complexity and management regime. I ultimately looked into the Hemiptera Order and their relationship with effectiveness of green space management.

I have a keen interest in the natural world in general. I find insects very fascinating. I have been photographing insects as a hobby, I do hope that eventually I can merge the two together (my research and my hobby) to be able to create an awareness that these creatures are just important as the large animals.

Supervisors

Dr Caragh Threlfall  and A/Prof Stephen Livesley

Education

2012 – 2014 Master of Urban Horticulture, University of Melbourne, Australia.

2008 – 2011 Bachelors of Technology (Horticulture), Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India.