Postgraduate Profiles

Erica (David) Arora

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Thesis: Implications for wind management in restoration ecology, linking ecosystem aerodynamics to physiological drivers in arid and semi-arid systems

Currently, restoration of arid and semi-arid ecosystems fails due to high seedling mortality. The physical conditions of these environments are heavily altered by previous land use, and often characterized by strong winds. The primary goal of the thesis is to research impacts and ameliorative measures to mitigate wind as a functional tool in restoration practice, backed by in-depth ecophysiological studies defining mechanistic drivers behind wind as a factor in restoration.

Why my research is important

My work focuses on initiating an overlay of structured components of engineering principles, theoretical mathematics, and aerodynamic modelling, on the more fluid nature of field ecology and restoration, in order to design innovative solutions for restoration practice, and to gain novel insight into the underlying ecophysiological mechanisms.


1. David E. Patent. Fence to Capture Windblown Particles. US 2011/0042636 A1, March 5, 2013.


1. B Miller, et al (2016) A comprehensive framework of the science necessary to restore sustainable and biodiverse ecosystems resilient to global change. Restoration Ecology. Impact Factor 1.891. In Press.

2. David E, Dixon KW, and Menz MHM (2016) Cooperative Extension: A Model of Science-Practice Integration for Ecosystem Restoration. Trends in Plant Science: 21(5), 410-417. Impact Factor 14.191.

3. David E (2013) Innovative snow harvesting technology increases vegetation establishment success in native sagebrush ecosystem restoration. Plant and Soil: 373 (1-2), 843-856. Impact Factor 2.969

4. Robinson C, Thompson C, David E, and Freestone M (2013) An Ecological Survey of Two Alpine Glacial Streams in the Fitzpatrick Wilderness, Wind River Range, USA. Western North American Naturalists: 73(2), 137-147. Impact Factor 0.291.

5. David E (2006) A Vegetation Study Concerning Effects of Branch Characteristic on Interception of Falling Snow. Proceedings, 2006 International Snow Science Workshop, Telluride, Colorado: 868-875.

6. David E (2006) Investigations of new economical designs of “Thick Snow Fences” to preserve snow for maximum water conservation. Proceedings, 2006 International Snow Science Workshop, Telluride, Colorado: 545-554.

7. David E (2004) As the Snow Goes: A Multivariable Study of Factors That Affect Loss of Snow. Proceedings, 2004 International Snow Science Workshop, Jackson, Wyoming: 22-31.

8. David E (2004) Get the Drift: Effects of Snow Fence Variables on Wind Patterns, Snow Drift Geometry, and Volume. Proceedings, 2004 International Snow Science Workshop, Jackson, Wyoming: 217-226.

Feb 2014

Aug 2017