I am currently conducting my doctoral research with the Fenner School of Environment and Society under the principle supervision of Prof Libby Robin. Through my PhD I am combining multiple disciplinary approaches to explore how the ecological humanities and history can offer new perspectives on restoration and how the practice can strengthen relationships with places through change. In this work I am drawing on my natural and social science background and experience in both quantitative and qualitative research techniques in urban and remote settings.
I am passionate about combining social and ecological science to explore relationships between people and place and am particularly interested in how different ways of interacting with the natural world, traditional knowledge systems, human values and ideas of nature influence conservation initiatives, and how environmental management practices do political work. I hold a Bachelor of Science and a first class honours degree in Geography from the University of Tasmania.
Prior to embarking on a PhD at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at ANU, I worked for the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology, Melbourne City Council’s Urban Landscapes Branch and the School of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Tasmania. Outside of ANU I continue to be involved in a range of projects that broadly involve conservation in social and cultural settings, and in writing on place and the environment.
Peer reviewed publications
Pearce, L. M., Davison, A. and Kirkpatrick, J.B., 2015. Personal encounters with trees: the lived significance of the private urban forest. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening. 14, 1-7.
Pearce, L. M., Kirkpatrick, J. B. and Davison, A., 2013. Using size class distributions of species to deduce the dynamics of the private urban forest. Arboriculture & Urban Forestry 39:2, 74-84.
Pearce, L. M. (2015) [Review of the book J. Beattie, E. O'Gorman, and M. Henry (eds.). 2014. Climate, Science, and Colonization: Histories from Australia and New Zealand] Australian Garden History, 26:4, 28
Kendal, Dave; Pearce, Lilian M.; Griffiths, Kate E.; Zeeman, Ben J.; Farrar, Alison; Morgan, John W.; Lunt, Ian D.; McDonnell, Mark J., 2015, "Melbourne's grassland sites", http://dx.doi.org/10.7910/DVN/JSED9E, Harvard Dataverse, V1
Griffiths, Kate E.; Kendal, Dave; Pearce, Lilian M.; Farrar, Alison; Zeeman, Ben J.; Lunt, Ian D.; Morgan, John W.; McDonnell, Mark J., 2015, "Melbourne's grassland GIS site polygons, and inventory and transect points", http://dx.doi.org/10.7910/DVN/SSLIXK, Harvard Dataverse, V1
Zeeman, Ben J.; Kendal, Dave; Farrar, Alison; Pearce, Lilian M.; Griffiths, Kate E.; Lunt, Ian D.; McDonnell, Mark J.; Morgan, John W., 2015, "Melbourne's grassland vegetative cover", http://dx.doi.org/10.7910/DVN/AR4BKP, Harvard Dataverse, V1
Zeeman, Ben J.; Kendal, Dave; Farrar, Alison; Pearce, Lilian M.; Griffiths, Kate E.; Lunt, Ian D.; McDonnell, Mark J.; Morgan, John W., 2015, "Melbourne's grassland flora inventories", http://dx.doi.org/10.7910/DVN/MLHDTG, Harvard Dataverse, V1
Press and Blogs
Centre for Environmental History. Stories from the field: http://ceh.environmentalhistory-au-nz.org/stories-from-the-field/folders...
Australian Garden History Society: Trees Natural and cultural Values, 29 May 2015: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqmwY6uLKx0
Communities of custodians: https://sites.google.com/site/landcareplanning/ideas/communitiesofcustodians