EucFACE Reveals That Australian Trees Limited By Lack Of Nutrients

 

The EucFACE experiment exposes native woodland to elevated carbon dioxide. We found that:

  • Despite consistent increases in leaf photosynthesis, eucalypts could not put on more wood, stem and leaf growth under elevated CO2.
  • When phosphorus was added in tests, productivity increased by 35%.
  • Findings completely opposite to overseas FACE experiments that found a 23% increase in tree productivity with elevated CO2.
  • Findings demonstrate the importance of Australian science with implications for global climate change models.

Latest News, Events And Highlights

The next phase of this project running from August 2017 to August 2018 is to take the results to audiences around Australia.

This will include workshops and events in six cities/regions and production of a technical guide document that can help tree selectors make better decisions about tree quality based on data from the field surveys conducted in the first phase of the project.

Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment is offering a unique PhD scholarship opportunity in conjunction with the University of Hertfordshire under a Dual Award partnership. The partnership means that you can study for a PhD within both universities, gaining incredible experience, mentoring opportunities and professional development recognised by both universities.

"I am looking for a highly motivated and qualified candidate for a 3-year PhD program of research commencing early in 2018. This scholarship is part of a new, three-year research project entitled "Sustainable pasture systems under climate extremes" with funding from Western Sydney University, Meat and Livestock Australia and Dairy Australia."

"I am looking for a highly motivated and qualified candidate for a 3-year PhD program of research commencing early in 2018. This scholarship is part of a new, three-year research project entitled "Sustainable pasture systems under climate extremes".

"We are looking for a highly motivated and qualified candidate for a 3-year PhD program of research commencing early in 2018. This scholarship is part of a new, three-year research project entitled "Sustainable pasture systems under climate extremes..."

24 July 2017

Scott Bevins, environmental scientist and graduate from Western Sydney University, has been spending his weekends since February 18th relocating hundreds of kangaroos from Bathurst's Mount Panorama with the Bathurst Kangaroo Project.

Nov 6

November 2017

The Annual OzFlux Meeting brings the flux community together every year to learn the latest in environmental monitoring and scientific techniques.

Please join us in 2017 at the beautiful Hawkesbury campus of Western Sydney University, home to the Cumberland Plains Observatory and unique field facilities.

18 August 2017

Updated - Jon Finch went on to win the University's Three Minute Thesis Competition on Friday 18 August. Well done Jon!

PhD student Jen Peters won the 2017 HIE Round of the annual Three Minute Thesis Competition, with a stellar presentation 'A look inside leaves'. Awarded Runner-Up was PhD student Jonathan Finch with his talk 'Very Niche Ecology' and People's Choice Award went to Kirsten Ball's fabulously enthusiastic talk 'Native under-vine for cheaper wine'.

Presenting a complex research story inside three minutes is a tough ask yet our students presented with flair and passion to showcase their research directions and how they are relevant to everyday people.

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2017 QS University Rankings

 

The international Quacarelli Symonds Subject Rankings are a worldwide ranking of major disciplines. The criteria for designating a ranking are:

  • Academic peer review
  • Faculty/Student ratio
  • Citations per faculty
  • Employer reputation
  • International student ratio
  • A measurement of the diversity of the student community
  • International staff ratio

 

Quacarelli Symonds Rankings Agriculture and Forestry Top 200 2017

Quacarelli Symonds Rankings Environmental Sciences Top 300 2017

For Agriculture and Forestry, and the Environmental Sciences, these 2017 rankings place Western Sydney University within the top 3% of universities in the world.