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Department of Biological Sciences




Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Tel: +61 2 9850 8191

Fax: +61 2 9850 8245

E-mail: nola.hancock[at]



I have worked in various capacities within the Restoration Ecology and Bush Regeneration industries for the past 15 years. During this time, I completed the Bush Regeneration Certificates 2 & 4 at Ryde TAFE, obtained a BSc in Biodiversity and Conservation at Macquarie University and completed a PhD at Macquarie University. My thesis The role of plant provenance in restoration ecology under climate change was accepted in 2013, with three publications.

Since completing my PhD, I have worked as a post-doctoral fellow on many projects within the Biodiversity Node (at Macquarie University) of the NSW Adaptation Research Hub:

Projects I have contributed to include:

·         Best practice translocation guidelines for climate-change adaptation in NSW:

-      Assisted colonisation as a climate change adaptation tool

-      Monitoring and prioritisation of flora translocations: a survey of opinions from practitioners and researchers

·         Risk assessment and website development for exotic plants under future climates

·         Predicted effects of climate change on freshwater biodiversity

·         Assessing the vulnerability of endangered species and ecosystems to climate change in NSW


Research interests

My current research focuses on improving ecological restoration practices and biodiversity conservation in the face of climate change. Plants are my main focus but my interest extends to the diversity and functioning of whole ecosystems. I also have an interest in the taxonomy of the Mallee species of the Murraylands in South Australia.


Past research

My PhD project investigated the role of local adaptation in restoration ecology under climate change. Traditionally, seeds have been sourced from an area close to the site to be revegetated in order to preserve the local genetic integrity at the replanted site. In a world where vegetation is increasingly fragmented, and is subjected to a rapidly changing climate, this strategy should be re-examined. My research compared the survival and growth rates of plant species from a Cumberland Plain Woodland community to those same species from different provenances.



I am the convenor of BIOL349: Biodiversity and Conservation.


 Peer-reviewed journals

Gallagher, R.V.Makinson, R.O.Hogbin, P.M.Hancock, N., 2015, Assisted colonization as a climate change adaptation tool , Austral Ecology, 40 (1), pp. 12-20.

Hancock N. & Gallagher R., 2014, How ready are we to move species threatened from climate change? Insights into the assisted colonization debate from Australia. Austral Ecology, 39, (7), 830–838.

Hancock N. & Hughes L., 2014, Turning up the heat on the provenance debate: testing the ‘local is best’ paradigm under heatwave conditions. Austral Ecology, 39, (5), 600–611.

Hancock N., Leishman M. R. & Hughes L. (2013) Testing the “Local Provenance” Paradigm: A Common Garden Experiment in Cumberland Plain Woodland, Sydney, Australia. Restoration Ecology 21, 569-77.

Hancock N. & Hughes L. (2012) How far is it to your local? A survey on local provenance use in New South Wales. Ecological Management & Restoration 13, 259-66.



Hancock, Nola, 2015, Mallees of the Southern Mallee District of South Australia. A Ute Guide, (publisher)



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Photo by Nola Hancock


Photo by Nola Hancock


Photo by Nola Hancock


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