Jarvis is currently investigating 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 are being sorting to order for abundance and richness analysis to relate against vegetation complexity and characteristics data.
This project contributes to a larger project that is assessing biodiversity and ecosystem services within Melbourne green spaces. It aims to understand how the management of urban green spaces influences biodiversity (Ordinal diversity and Hemiptera diversity). It will assess how insect diversity changes with within green spaces that differ in age, structural complexity and the management regime. I hope to ultimately look 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.
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2012 – 2014 Masters of Urban Horticulture, University of Melbourne, Australia.
2008 – 2011 Bachelors of Technology (Horticulture), Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India.