Dr Nick Williams is a plant ecologist at the University of Melbourne. Nick’s research investigates the ecology of urban areas in particular, grassland ecology and restoration, green infrastructure for climate change adaptation and weed invasions. Nick’s research has highlighted how surrounding landscapes influence the processes that occur in remnant habitats, such as edge effects and local extinctions, and, has developed ways to make urban areas more biodiversity friendly.
I used to work at the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology, which is part of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. The mission of the Centre was to undertake research that aims to preserve the biodiversity of urban areas and given native grasslands are critically endangered ecosystems which are quite common or used to be common in the northern and western suburbs of Melbourne, we undertook a number of research projects trying to understand their ecology and preserve them for future generations.