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Lukiel Oliveira

PhD Candidate

Luke is a PhD candidate interested in understanding the resilience of alpine vegetation to environmental changes. Luke is passionate about plants and has completed a Biological Science degree and a master’s degree in Botany in Brazil. His PhD project involves a combination of population genomics and quantitative experiments to test for adaptative genetic differences among populations of functionally important Victorian alpine plant species at different elevations and their gene flow among those gradients. Luke aims with this project to picture future adaptive responses in a climate change scenario and help to improve biodiversity outcomes (e.g., environmental resilience and fitness of revegetated areas) by identifying alpine plant species with reduced adaptive potential and in need of intervention, as well ‘climate- ready’ seed sources for restoration purposes.