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Tai White-Toney: The Land of Giants: Giant Mines and Giant Trees
Episode 6 explores how the research of one environmental scientist is contributing to the rehabilitation and re-establishment of ancient native forests following mining. In the Darling Range, south-east of Perth, Tai’s research aims to re-establish jarrah (Eucalpytus marginata) and marri (Corymbia calophylla) in the Northern Jarrah Forest after bauxite mining. Tai discusses the challenges of her research, with the trees taking decades if not hundreds of years to reach maturity, and the challenges of navigating the mining industry as a woman scientist.
Tai White-Toney graduated from the University of Portland (Oregon, USA) with a Bachelor’s degree in biology. Her Honours research investigated patterns of autonomy and regeneration in purple shore crabs and discussed the constraints of evolution. Tai’s PhD research with the University of Notre Dame Australia and Alcoa examines the ecological factors causing variable establishment of the two dominant canopy species, jarrah and marri, in the Northern Jarrah Forest after bauxite mining. Tai’s research areas include establishment ecology, seed ecology and restoration.
South West Australia environment; ecology; mining rehabilitation
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"Season 1. Episode 6. Tai White-Toney: The Land of Giants: Giant Mines and Giant Trees" (2018). High & Cliff - Podcast Collection. 6.