Aaron Heap

PhD Candidate

Aaron originates from Aotearoa (New Zealand) and brings with him a background in biodiversity management, conservation, and freshwater ecology. Since moving to Australia he has completed a Masters of Ecosystem Management and Conservation at the University of Melbourne. During this time, he worked as a research assistant in the Forest Hydrology group undertaking soil infiltration experiments in areas burned in the 2020 bushfires. Aaron is now completing a PhD with FLARE. He is investigating structural characteristics and ecosystem services of forest which have transitioned to an alternative state due to repeated short interval fires. Aaron is using areas of transitioned forest in Wilsons Promontory as a case study landscape. He is also advising and undertaking field surveys for the ecological restoration of two transitioned forest blocks. Aaron is a huge fan of international travel, eating, true crime podcasts, and is an avid reader.