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Honorary Professor at Macquarie University. Plant functional ecologist. Core topics include:

  • Understanding plant ecological strategies via functional traits.
  • Trait-environment relationships from local to global scales.
  • Optimality theory for plant function, for use in vegetation modelling.
  • Consequences of trait variation for ecosystem properties.
  • Adaptations to heat and water stress in Australian flora, inclouding crop wild relatives

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Previous positions: Postdoc, Macquarie U. / U. Minnesota 2002-4; ARC Research Fellow 2005-8; Deputy-Convenor, ARC Vegetation Function Research Network 2005-9; ARC Future Fellow 2011-15.

Macquarie University: Senior Lecturer (2009), Associate Professor (2015), Professor (2019). Deputy-Associate Dean of Research, Faculty of Science & Engineering 2017-19.

I was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2019. I am a Node Leader and member of the Executive for the ARC Centre for Plant Success in Nature & Agriculture (2020-2027). In late 2021 I took up the position of Chief Scientist, and Professor Plant Functional Ecology, at Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University.


Education/Academic qualification

Plant ecology, PhD 2002, Macquarie University

Award Date: 1 Feb 2002

Plant ecology & systematics, BSc (Hons) 1995, The University of Melbourne

Award Date: 1 Dec 1995


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