Joel worked with PhD candidate Dean Schrieke under the supervision of Claire Farrell in a project that deals with spontaneous vegetation and its potential function on green roofs. A number of inventories of colonizing plant species were carried out, partly on campus but also on high-rise buildings in central parts of the city. In a next step, the plants will be analyzed in the lab to calculate their life strategies. The collaboration will result in a joint review article based partly on experiences with spontaneous growth in northern Sweden and in Melbourne. On the one hand, the article discusses the potential function that spontaneous vegetation on green roofs can contribute to, and on the other hand, by studying the succession on green roofs over time, research can be developed in more areas related to ecology.
Brenda established contact with researchers and stakeholders at Melbourne University, Muldorch University in Perth and Melbourne Water (one of three local water companies operating in Melbourne city). She interviewed representatives of Melbourne Water as part of her contribution to an article on flexible decentralized wastewater solutions. Brenda also took a week's intensive course in qualitative methods, data collection and analysis, given by the Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Incorporated (ACSPRI). Both Joel and Brenda participated in the “Water sensitive urban design” course led by Prof. Tim Fletcher at the University of Melbourne.