Samantha Munroe

Christies Beach, South Australia

Environmental scientist

Having started her career researching shark populations, Samantha moved into stable isotope ecology, which she uses to study the distribution and movement patterns of plants and animals in order to ascertain their ecological role in the environment. Working from the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) at the University of Adelaide, Samantha uses biochemical analysis, satellite data and national vegetation surveys to study the distribution of drought-adapted plants. By comparing plant surveys and climate data, she hopes to predict how plant distribution will change under different global warming scenarios. Samantha will share these valuable models, techniques, and data with researchers across Australia via open-access data-sharing platforms.