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Sean Reilly '16 wins prestigious Fulbright scholarship

Sean will be going to Australia to study the management and distribution of pond apple, a resource for Aborigines people, as well as a powerful bio-invader.

Congratulations to ESS senior Sean Reilly, who was recently awarded a year-long Fulbright scholarship. The Fulbright program offers teaching and research awards in over 125 countries and recognizes exceptional scholars. Sean will be studying the management of pond apple.

As both a formidable bioinvader and resource for the Aborigines of Queensland, Australia, Annona glabra (pond apple) presents a challenge to the rangers managing the traditional lands of the Mandingalbay Yidinji people. Sean’s study seeks to resolve this conflict by mapping the current pond apple distribution, monitoring ecosystem recovery following its removal, and developing management options that address both the invaders’ resource and invasion potentials. Sean will spend the majority of his time collecting field data about the pond apple and compiling this information into a report detailing ecosystem recovery following removal and identifying areas at-risk for future invasions. The remainder of his time will be used to develop management

plans that address the rangers’ needs while satisfying the elders’ resource concerns.

Sean is a graduating senior who has been doing research with ESS faculty member Hari Mix, chairs the Green Club, and contributes to the organization of a conference on Laudato Si. Sean has also already studied abroad in Australia with the School For Fieldstudies (SFS) and won a student research award for his work.