CEED collaborations lead to global employment and funding opportunities.

Annabel Smith intro

I joined CEED as a post-doctoral researcher in 2012 after finishing my PhD at ANU.

I was selected as a representative for the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) mid-term review, where I provided feedback to the ARC on the impact the Centre was making to the scientific community, environmental policymakers and the public at an international level.

CEED was also a great place to collaborate and form relationships with other researchers at different career stages. During a conference I co-led, I met Professor Yvonne Buckley, who I didn’t know at the time, and would later become my employer at Trinity College Dublin and one of the most influential mentors in my career to date.

Since finishing my appointment at CEED, I have worked as a freelance researcher, and in May 2016 I moved to Ireland to take up a position at Trinity College where I lead the landscape genomics component of the international research network PLANTPOPNET. The network uses Plantago lanceolata as a model species to analyse variation in plant population performance across global environmental gradients.

In January 2018 I commenced a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellowship and am on the Organising Committee for the second IEA conference to take place in Galway in December 2018 I am also the Meetings Officer for the Irish Ecological Association and Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Ecology.

Being part of CEED benefited me in three big ways: It increased the impact my research had in policy and environmental management; it vastly increased my research network; and, it provided future employment and funding opportunities in the global research community.

- Dr Annabel Smith