I am a geographer interested in the way plants have been moved around by people and how these activities transform landscapes over time. My research usually focuses on ordinary people and tries to understand what motivates them to move plants to new places, how they manage these in their farms, pastures and gardens, and gradually change the larger landscapes of their everyday life.
This kind of analysis brings together a wide range of methods from history, political economy and ecology, biogeography and regional development.
The Indian Ocean is the geographical and historical frame for my research. Over the past decade, I’ve worked with colleagues on the transfer of acacia species between Australia, India, South Africa, and Madagascar; and the precolonial arrival of baobabs and mimosa bush across the Indian Ocean to Australia. We are currently working on a comparative project that looks at how indigenous communities in parts of northern Australia, western India, eastern South Africa, and eastern Madagascar think about weeds in their landscapes. All of these projects have been funded by the Australian Research Council.
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A Weed By Any Other Name? Comparing Local Knowledge And Uses Of Environmental Weeds Around..
From killing lists to healthy country: Aboriginal approaches to weed control in the Kimber..
Late Quaternary changes in climate and land cover in the Northern Horn of Africa and adjac..
Chance long-distance or human-mediated dispersal? How Acacia s.l. farnesiana attained its ..
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New Genetic and Linguistic Analyses Show Ancient Human Influence on Baobab Evolution and Distribution in Australia (vol 10, e0119758, 2015)
Haripriya Rangan, Karen L Bell, David A Baum, Rachael Fowler, Patrick McConvell, Thomas Saunders, Stef Spronck, Christian A Kull, Daniel J Murphy
Journal article | 2015 | PLOS ONE
Adoption, use and perception of Australian acacias around the world
Christian A Kull, Charlie M Shackleton, Peter J Cunningham, Catherine Ducatillon, Jean-Marc Dufour-Dror, Karen J Esler, James B Friday, Antonio C Gouveia, AR Griffin, Elizabete Marchante, Stephen J Midgley, Anibal Pauchard, Haripriya Rangan, David M Richardson, Tony Rinaudo, Jacques Tassin, Lauren S Urgenson, Graham P von Maltitz, Rafael D Zenni, Matthew J Zylstra
Journal article | 2011 | Diversity and Distributions
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