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.

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May 10

Weds 10th May 2017

My research has included urban and non-urban (often National Park) streams of northern and southern Sydney. More recently this has included upland swamps of the Blue Mountains where our research suggests the endangered wetland ecological communities (Commonwealth and NSW listed) are suffering ionic contamination from urban development.

Apr 19

Weds 19th April 2017

If the upper layer of the Earth's crust contains sufficient minerals and organic material to support the presence of diversified forms life, it is called soil. In each soil across world microscopic roundworms, also referred to as nematodes, are found, often in overwhelming numbers. Being trophically diverse, nematodes occupy central positions in soil food webs and fulfil key-roles in soil functioning and plant growth.

7 February 2017: New Volunteering Opportunities

  • Emu Fieldwork - Three Volunteers Needed
  • Christmas Island Flying Fox
  • Ghost Bats
  • Climatic change on plants and insects in the Sydney region

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

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


Quacarelli Symonds Rankings Agriculture and Forestry Top 200 2017

Quacarelli Symonds Rankings Environmental Sciences Top 300 2017

1 February 2017

New international research conducted in collaboration with Western Sydney University's Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment demonstrates the beneficial impact of planting a diverse mix of trees rather than opting for monoculture plantings. In experimental plantings of young temperate trees, the researchers found that the trees in diverse, mixed-species plantings were able to make much better use of light to produce more growth than equivalent trees from single species.

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