Kay Howard
PhD, BSc

Teaching and Research

Teaching area

I have experience in demonstrating or tutoring in the following units:

BSC100 Building Blocks for Science – transition unit (science skills unit).  Tutor for internal and external students.

BSC150  What is Science? – breadth unit (interdisciplinary). Tutor for internal students. Computer modelling of vaccination, hypothesis testing via medical diagnosis as a parallel to the scientific process, Psychology discussed using the Sternberg Memory Scanning experiment.

BSC200 Research in the Physical and Life Sciences – transition unit.  Tutor for internal and external students.

BSC300 Advanced Research Methods in Science – transition unit.  Tutor/demonstrator for internal and external students.

BIO103 Environmental Biology.  Lab and field demonstrator

BIO152 Cell Biology.  Laboratory demonstrator.

BIO245 (BIO265) Plant Diversity.  Laboratory demonstrator.

BIO257 (BIO157) Australian Biodiversity.  Laboratory demonstrator (plants and animals).

ENV268 Ecology.  Demonstrator for special field weeks in Ecology  – The effect of fire on native plant communities.  Weeds in native bushland and plantations.

FDN102 Food for Thought – Foundation Unit. Tutor for internal and external students.


Consultant for undergraduate and graduate students from across campus.

OnTrack.  Tutor

Murdoch Institute of Technology

BIO103 Environmental Biology.  Tutor and Demonstrator.

BMS101 Human Biology.  Tutor and Demonstrator.

Open University Australia

OISU102 Food for Thought. Tutor for on-line students.

Awards and grants

2013    Nominated for TEx Award (Teaching Excellence, Murdoch University)

2011    Ready SETT Go Program (Murdoch University – teaching)

1996    Australian Post Graduate Award (Murdoch University)

1994    Neville Stanley Studentship Award (Murdoch University)

Professional and community service

2016                         Organiser, Asian International Masters Fencing Championships, Perth

2016 – present         Active member of ECU Cavaliers School of Fencing, Mount Lawley

2012 - present          Volunteer at Cockburn Basketball Association (RCA holder and First Aid).

2011 – 2016         Organiser of annual national Fencing Tournaments, Perth

2011 -  2017         Treasurer and Executive Committee member of FencingWA

2000 -  present         Member of Wildflowers of Western Australia

2001 – 2009             Member of Australian Plants

2007 – 2010             Treasurer of Spearwood Hawks Junior Basketball

2006 –   present        Treasurer of Bicton Environmental Action Group

2004 – 2006            Committee member of Bicton Environmental Action Group

2004 – 2007             Committee member of Spearwood Hawks Junior Basketball Club

1992 –  present        Active member of Spearwood Hawks Senior Basketball Club



  • Simamora, A., Paap, T., Howard, K., Stukely, M., Hardy, G., Burgess, T., (2018), Phytophthora contamination in a nursery and its potential dispersal into the natural environment, Plant Disease: an international journal of applied plant pathology, 102, 1, pages 132 - 139.
  • Burgess, T., Howard, K., Steel, E., Barbour, E., (2018), To prune or not to prune; pruning induced decay in tropical sandalwood, Forest Ecology and Management, 430, 15, pages 204 - 218.
  • Dunstan, W., Howard, K., Hardy, G., Burgess, T., (2016), An overview of Australia's Phytophthora species assemblage in natural ecosystems recovered from a survey in Victoria, IMA Fungus, 7, 1, pages 47 - 58.
  • Whyte, G., Howard, K., Hardy, G., Burgess, T., (2016), The Tree Decline Recovery Seesaw; a conceptual model of the decline and recovery of drought stressed plantation trees, Forest Ecology and Management, 370, , pages 102 - 113.
  • Murphy, M., Howard, K., Hardy, G., Dell, B., (2015), WHEN LOSING YOUR NUTS INCREASES YOUR REPRODUCTIVE SUCCESS SANDALWOOD SANTALUM SPICATUM NUT CACHING BY THE WOYLIE BETTONGIA PENICILLATA, Pacific Conservation Biology: a journal dedicated to conservation and wildlife management in the Pacific region, 21, 3, pages 243 - 252.
  • Groves, E., Howard, K., Hardy, G., Burgess, T., (2015), Role of salicylic acid in phosphite-induced protection against Oomycetes; a Phytophthora cinnamomi - Lupinus augustifolius model system, European Journal of Plant Pathology, 141, 3, pages 559 - 569.
  • O'Gara, E., Howard, K., McComb, J., Colquhoun, I., Hardy, G., (2015), Penetration of suberized periderm of a woody host by Phytophthora cinnamomi, Plant Pathology, 64, 1, pages 207 - 215.
  • Moore, N., Barrett, S., Howard, K., Craig, M., Bowen, B., Shearer, B., Hardy, G., (2014), Time since fire and average fire interval are the best predictors of Phytophthora cinnamomi activity in heathlands of south-western Australia, Australian Journal of Botany, 62, 7, pages 587 - 593.
  • Collins, S., McComb, J., Howard, K., Shearer, B., Colquhoun, I., Hardy, G., (2012), The long-term survival of Phytophthora cinnamomi in mature Banksia grandis killed by the pathogen, Forest Pathology (Print), 42, 1, pages 28 - 36.
  • Whyte, G., Howard, K., Hardy, G., Burgess, T., (2011), Foliar pests and pathogens of Eucalyptus dunnii plantations in southern Queensland, Australian Forestry, 74, 3, pages 161 - 169.
  • Pilbeam (Bennallick), R., Howard, K., Shearer, B., Hardy, G., (2011), Phosphite stimulated histological responses of Eucalyptus marginata to infection by Phytophthora cinnamomi, Trees: structure and function, 25, 6, pages 1121 - 1131.
  • Pilbeam (Bennallick), R., Howard, K., Shearer, B., Hardy, G., (2011), Phosphite does not stimulate a wounding response in Eucalyptus marginata seedlings, Australian Journal of Botany, 59, 4, pages 393 - 398.
  • O'Gara, E., Howard, K., Colquhoun, I., Dell, B., McComb, J., Hardy, G., (2009), The development and characteristics of periderm and rhytidome in Eucalyptus marginata, Australian Journal of Botany, 57, , pages 221 - 228.
  • Howard, K., Dell, B., Hardy, G., (2000), Phosphite and mycorrhizal formation in seedlings of three Australian Myrtaceae, Australian Journal of Botany, 48, , pages 725 - 729.
  • Howard, K., Colquhoun, I., Hardy, G., (1998), The potential of copper sulphate to control Phytophthora cinnamomi during bauxite mining in Western Australia, Australasian Plant Pathology, 27, , pages 51 - 58.


  • Hardy, G., O'Gara, E., Howard, K., Rudman, T., (2007),National best practice in the management of Phytophthora cinnamomi for biodiversity conservation in Australia,In: 4th Meeting of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) Working Party S07.02.09 (2007).
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