Megan Hirst is the Seedbank Officer for the Victorian Conservation Seedbank (VCS), which is located within the National Herbarium of Victoria building at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (MEL). Her work involves seed collecting, seed cleaning, germination testing, and databasing all resulting information. Megan has research interests in the Australasian genus Brachyscome, and is currently working on a DNA phylogeny of the group.
Hirst, M.J. (2017). Plant evaluation and selection for conservation horticulture: Improving the odds. The Botanic Garden 49, 39 -40. https://issuu.com/bganz/docs/tbg_iss49_nov17_final_171123
Hirst, M. J., Griffin, P. C., Sexton, J. P. and Hoffmann, A. A. (2017), Testing the niche-breadth–range-size hypothesis: habitat specialization vs. performance in Australian alpine daisies. Ecology. doi:10.1002/ecy.1964
Hirst, M. J., Sexton, J. P., and Hoffmann, A. A. (2016) Extensive variation, but not local adaptation in an Australian alpine daisy. Ecology and Evolution 6, 5459 – 5472
Hirst, M.J. (2013). A global message from an old bird. The Botanic Garden 37, 9–10. http://issuu.com/bganz/docs/tbg_iss37_dec2013/2
Slatyer, R.A., Hirst, M. and J.P. Sexton. (2013). Niche breadth predicts geographic range size: a general ecological pattern. Ecology Letters. doi:10.111/ele.12140.
Hirst, M. J., Messina, A., Walsh, N., and Murphy, S. (2018). Everything you need to know about seed banking and the Victorian Conservation Seedbank (but were afraid to ask). Botanic News. Winter edition. 17 - 19.
Messina, A., Hirst, M.J., Walsh, N.G. (2017) Getting by with a little help from my friends. Samara: The International Newsletter of the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership. Issue 30. Aug 2016 - Jan - 2017, 13
Hirst, M.J. (2013). A phylogenetic and morphological approach in a key Australian plant genus, Brachyscome. Australasian Plant Conservation 21, 24–26.
Hirst, M.J. (2012). Native daisies add versatility. Australian Horticulture 109, 8.
Hirst, M.J., Nitschke, C.R., Walsh, N.G. and Arndt, S.K. (2010). Does an increase in the duration of cold stratification have an effect on the germination of Eucalyptus nitens H.Deane & Maiden and three other Victorian eucalypt species? In R. Pendleton, S. Meyer and B. Schultz (eds), Proceedings of the Seed Ecology III Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 2010, p. 67. International Society for Seed Science, Salt Lake City.
Kohout, M., Coates, F., Hirst, M. and Downe, J. (2009). Wellington Mint Bush – population responses to fire and browsing at Holey Plains State Park. Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research, Department of Sustainability and Environment, Heidelberg.