Dr Alison Shapcott has been researching the population genetics and ecology of rainforest plants since 1985. She has worked in rainforest communities across Australia from Tasmania to Cape Tribulation and the Northern Territory, and to Brunei in South East Asia. She has published widely in international journals and is recognised internationally for her contribution to this field. Current projects at University of the Sunshine Coast include conservation genetics of several rare species.
Since arriving at USC, Alison has been active in establishing the Environmental Restoration program and has developed strong links with community groups in the region which incorporate teaching and research with practical 'real world' projects.