Director, Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment

Professor Ian Anderson

Professor Ian Anderson is Director of the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment at Western Sydney University.

He is responsible for leading all aspects of the institute’s operations including the management of staff and budgets, establishment and maintenance of infrastructure, development of partnerships with academia and industry, and for the institute’s Higher Degree Research program including successful Dual Award PhD programs with several universities in the UK, Europe and India. The institute is recognised as one of Australia’s and the world’s leading research institutes investigating ecosystem responses to global change.

The institute’s research program underpins WSU’s top ranking of 5 (well above world standard) in the national ERA assessment exercise in the fields of Soil Sciences (0503), Ecology (0602), Plant Sciences (0607), Forestry Sciences (0705) and Ecological Applications (0501), and a ranking of 4 (above world standard) in Microbiology (0605) demonstrating the excellence of research conducted at the HIE.

Prof Anderson is also Director of the National Vegetable Protected Cropping Centre (NVPCC) based at WSU. The NVPCC is the only facility of its kind in Australia. Prof Anderson is responsible for the centre’s three key pillars of operation encompassing Education, Research, and Industry Engagement & Training.

Prior to joining WSU in 2007, he was employed at The James Hutton Institute (formerly The Macaulay Institute) in Aberdeen, Scotland. He holds BSc (Hons 1) and PhD degrees from Western Sydney University and has published over 130 journal articles in the broad fields of environmental microbial ecology and plant-microbe interactions.