Noel Ruting is studying part-time for a Master of Science (Research) degree with the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, James Cook University, Cairns.
Noel’s research interest is in fragmented lowland rainforest communities and their response to ongoing human and environmental disturbance, particularly following severe tropical cyclones Larry (2006) and Yasi (2011). What changes do we see in community demographics, recruitment and resilience – who are the winners and losers in this environment?
Noel’s research thesis is titled:
Floristic diversity and patch dynamics in hyper-disturbed coastal lowland rainforest in Australia’s Wet Tropics Bioregion: How are rainforest fragments responding to human and environmental disturbance and can they continue to maintain integrity and function?