Dr Christina Birnbaum


Dr Christina Birnbaum
NameDr Christina Birnbaum
Email Addresschristina.birnbaum@unisq.edu.au
Job TitleLecturer (Terrestrial Ecology)
QualificationsBNatSci Estonian LifeSci, MNatSci Estonian LifeSci, PhD Macquarie
DepartmentSchool of Agriculture and Environmental Science
ORCIDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-2511-1845
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BNatSci
Estonian LifeSci
2005
MNatSci
Estonian LifeSci
2007
PhD
Macquarie
2013

Current Supervisions

Research TitleSupervisor TypeLevel of StudyCommenced
Anne Yusuf (RMIT)Associate SupervisorDoctoral2021
Meike Katharina Heuck (WSU)Associate SupervisorDoctoral2022
Effects of Southern Cassowary exclusion due to hunting and forest fragmentation on the fruit and seed size, genetic variability and germination and, growth and distribution of the cassowary plum in isolated forest patches in southern New Guinea.Principal SupervisorDoctoral2023
The impacts of introduced arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi on soil and root fungal diversity and the outcomes for crop hostsPrincipal SupervisorMasters2022
Project titleDetailsYear
Soil chemical properties of Sallow Wattle infested areas - management trialFunding source: Parks Victoria research project funding Funding amount: AUD $57,070; Role: co-Chief Investigator (Chief investigator Dr Samantha Grover, Associate/Partner Investigators: Dr Kally Yuen, Dr Marie Keatley, Dr Marlenne Rodriguez)2021
Novel microbial communities in ephemeral rock pools in the Northern KimberleyFunding source: Murdoch University Small Grant Scheme research grant, Funding amount: AUD $13,000 Role: co-Chief Investigator (Assoc Prof T I Burgess (co-Chief Investigator), Associate/Partner Investigators: Dr Anna Hopkins, Dr Adam Cross) 2015
The role of soil biota in the invasion success of legumes in AustraliaFunding source: Macquarie University Postgraduate Research Fund Funding amount: AUD $3451 Role: sole Chief Investigator. 2010

Degradation Reduces Microbial Richness and Alters Microbial Functions in an Australian Peatland

Birnbaum, Christina, Wood, Jennifer, Lilleskov, Erik, Lamit, Louis James, Shannon, James, Brewer, Matthew and Grover, Samantha. 2022. "Degradation Reduces Microbial Richness and Alters Microbial Functions in an Australian Peatland." Microbial Ecology: an international journal. 85 (3), pp. 875-891. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00248-022-02071-z

Friends to the rescue: using arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi to future-proof Australian agriculture

Heuck, Meike Katharina, Birnbaum, Christina and Frew, Adam. 2023. "Friends to the rescue: using arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi to future-proof Australian agriculture." Microbiology Australia. 44 (1), pp. 5-8. https://doi.org/10.1071/MA23002

Aiding coastal wetland restoration via the belowground soil microbiome: an overview

Birnbaum, Christina and Trevathan-Tackett, Stacey M.. 2023. "Aiding coastal wetland restoration via the belowground soil microbiome: an overview." Restoration Ecology. 31 (7). https://doi.org/10.1111/rec.13824

Direct and Indirect Effects of Climate Change in Coastal Wetlands: Will Climate Change Influence Wetlands by Affecting Plant Invasion?

Birnbaum, Christina, Waryszak, Pawel and Farrer, Emily C.. 2021. "Direct and Indirect Effects of Climate Change in Coastal Wetlands: Will Climate Change Influence Wetlands by Affecting Plant Invasion? " Wetlands: the journal of the Society of Wetland Scientists. 41 (5). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13157-021-01456-z

Plant and microbial impacts of an invasive species vary across an environmental gradient

Farrer, Emily C., Birnbaum, Christina, Waryszak, Pawel, Halbrook, Susannah R., Brady, Monica V., Bumby, Caitlin R., Candaele, Helena, Kulick, Nelle K., Lee, Sean F. H., Schroeder, Carolyn S., Smith, McKenzie K. H. and Wilber, William. 2021. "Plant and microbial impacts of an invasive species vary across an environmental gradient ." Journal of Ecology. 109 (5), pp. 2163-2176. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2745.13629

Phragmites australis Associates with Belowground Fungal Communities Characterized by High Diversity and Pathogen Abundance

Schroeder, Carolyn S., Halbrook, Susannah, Birnbaum, Christina, Waryszak, Pawel, Wilber, William and Farrer, Emily C.. 2020. "Phragmites australis Associates with Belowground Fungal Communities Characterized by High Diversity and Pathogen Abundance ." Diversity. 12 (9). https://doi.org/10.3390/d12090363

Availability of soil mutualists may not limit non-native Acacia invasion but could increase their impact on native soil communities

Wandrag, Elizabeth M., Birnbaum, Christina, Klock, Metha M., Barrett, Luke G. and Thrall, Peter H.. 2020. "Availability of soil mutualists may not limit non-native Acacia invasion but could increase their impact on native soil communities ." Journal of Applied Ecology. 57 (4), pp. 786-793. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.13577

Soil fungal responses to experimental warming and drying in a Mediterranean shrubland

Birnbaum, Christina, Hopkins, Anna J.M., Fontaine, Joseph B. and Enright, Enright. 2019. "Soil fungal responses to experimental warming and drying in a Mediterranean shrubland ." Science of the Total Environment. 683, pp. 524-536. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.05.222

Symbiotic N2-Fixer Community Composition, but Not Diversity, Shifts in Nodules of a Single Host Legume Across a 2-Million-Year Dune Chronosequence

Birnbaum, Christina, Bissett, Andrew, Teste, Francois P. and Laliberte, Etienne. 2018. "Symbiotic N2-Fixer Community Composition, but Not Diversity, Shifts in Nodules of a Single Host Legume Across a 2-Million-Year Dune Chronosequence ." Microbial Ecology: an international journal. 76 (4), pp. 1009-1020. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00248-018-1185-1

Effect of plant root symbionts on performance of native woody species in competition with an invasive grass in multispecies microcosms

Birnbaum, Christina, Morald, Tim K., Tibbett, Mark, Bennett, Richard G. and Standish, Rachel J.. 2018. "Effect of plant root symbionts on performance of native woody species in competition with an invasive grass in multispecies microcosms ." Ecology and Evolution. 8 (17), pp. 8652-8664. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.4397

Topsoil Stockpiling in Restoration: Impact of Storage Time on Plant Growth and Symbiotic Soil Biota

Birnbaum, Christina, Bradshaw, Laura Elizabeth, Ruthrof, Katinka Xoliswa and Fontaine, Joseph Benjamin. 2017. "Topsoil Stockpiling in Restoration: Impact of Storage Time on Plant Growth and Symbiotic Soil Biota ." Ecological Restoration. 35 (3), pp. 237-245. https://doi.org/10.3368/er.35.3.237

Nitrogen-fixing bacterial communities in invasive legume nodules and associated soils are similar across introduced and native range populations in Australia

Birnbaum, Christina, Bissett, Andrew, Thrall, Peter H. and Leishman, Michelle R.. 2016. "Nitrogen-fixing bacterial communities in invasive legume nodules and associated soils are similar across introduced and native range populations in Australia ." Journal of Biogeography. 43 (8), pp. 1631-1644. https://doi.org/10.1111/jbi.12752

Sequential Disturbance Effects of Hailstorm and Fire on Vegetation in a Mediterranean-Type Ecosystem

Gower, K., Fontaine, J.B., Birnbaum, C. and Enright, N.J.. 2015. "Sequential Disturbance Effects of Hailstorm and Fire on Vegetation in a Mediterranean-Type Ecosystem ." Ecosystems. 18 (7), pp. 1121-1134. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10021-015-9886-5

Regeneration failure threatens persistence of Persoonia elliptica (Proteaceae) in Western Australian jarrah forests

Nield, Andrew P., Monaco, Sophie, Birnbaum, Christina and Enright, Neal J.. 2015. "Regeneration failure threatens persistence of Persoonia elliptica (Proteaceae) in Western Australian jarrah forests ." Plant Ecology. 216 (2), pp. 189-198. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11258-014-0427-7

Invasive legumes encounter similar soil fungal communities in their non-native and native ranges in Australia

Birnbaum, Christina, Bissett, Andrew, Thrall, Peter H. and Leishman, Michelle R.. 2014. "Invasive legumes encounter similar soil fungal communities in their non-native and native ranges in Australia ." Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 76, pp. 210-217. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soilbio.2014.05.017

Plant-soil feedbacks do not explain invasion success of Acacia species in introduced range populations in Australia

Birnbaum, C. and Leishman, M. R.. 2013. "Plant-soil feedbacks do not explain invasion success of Acacia species in introduced range populations in Australia ." Biological Invasions. 15 (12), pp. 2609-2625. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10530-013-0478-z

Mutualisms are not constraining cross-continental invasion success of Acacia species within Australia

Birnbaum, Christina, Barrett, Luke G., Thrall, Peter H. and Leishman, Michelle R.. 2012. "Mutualisms are not constraining cross-continental invasion success of Acacia species within Australia ." Diversity and Distributions. 18 (10), pp. 962-976. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1472-4642.2012.00920.x