Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria
Born in Hobart on 31 July 1964;
She received her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Honors) from the University of Sydney in 1985 and a PhD in Vegetation Ecology from the Australia National University in 1990.
She is a principal research scientist with CSIRO Land and Water in Perth, Western Australia. Understanding, controlling and restoring the natural diversity, ecosystem function and resilience of plant groups are Prober's main research interests. She focuses on temperate eucalypt woodlands and remnant vegetation in versatile landscapes.
Suzanne currently leads the Great Western Ecosystems Research Network, and is Facility Director of TERN (Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network) OzFlux. OzFlux is responsible for maintaining datastreams that measure the exchange of energy, carbon and water between the atmosphere and important Australian ecosystems.
Core research areas include management of fire, exotic invasions, and soil ecological processes in interaction with land use, and helping Aboriginal people document their ecological knowledge and aspirations to help them re-engage in natural resource management.
In her words:
"In August 1991 I stopped outside a country cemetery near Young in New South Wales and noticed a field of golden yam daisies (Microseris walteri) and buttercups (Ranunculus pachycarpus) blooming in the early morning sunlight. I'd been searching for more than a year for a site like this, living evidence of the pre-European plant diversity and composition in the widespread White box (Eucalyptus albens) woodlands of south-eastern Australia.
A closer look revealed a diversity of species rarely found within the agricultural landscapes outside this ungrazed sanctuary.
Over the next two years I visited nearly every cemetery on the NSW western slopes, as well as many Travelling Stock Reserves, roadsides and back paddocks, to piece together the ecological story of these woodlands."
Source: Extracted from:
Australasian Plant Conservation, Vol.30, No.3, Feb 2022 p.16
Hall, N. (1992), Supplement No. 3 to 'Botanists of the eucalypts - 1978'. CSIRO, Melbourne
Portrait Photo: Extracted from: https://people.csiro.au/p/s/suzanne-prober.
Data from 749 specimens