Marc is a PhD Candidate working with the Orchid Conservation Program. His project is investigating the cultivation of Leek Orchids (Prasophyllum), a genus from southern Australia with many endangered species that have so far proven extremely difficult to grow in captivity. Marc is exploring the relationships between the orchid and its symbiotic fungi that are required to stimulate germination of the orchid’s seed, in the hope that understanding these relationships will hold the key to working out how to grow these endangered native orchids so they can be saved from extinction. The project is being undertaken with the support of the Australian National University, the National Environmental Science Programme and the University of Tasmania.
Marc previously worked as the Orchid Conservation Officer with the Program, and prior to that as a botanist with a consulting company. Marc is a regular radio guest on ABC Gippsland where he presents a monthly segment on the flora of the Gippsland region. He also coordinates the Victorian Botany page and has presented at several conferences and seminars in recent years. He has broad interests in fire ecology, rainforests and Victoria's flora more generally, but it is our beautiful and endangered native orchids that inspire him most.
Freestone, M., Wills, T. & Read J. (2015). Post-fire succession during the long-term absence of fire in coastal heathland and a test of the chronosequence survey method. Australian Journal of Botany, 63, 572–580.
Freestone, M. (2011) Post-fire succession in sand heathland at Loch Sport and a test of the chronosequence method. Honours thesis, Monash University.