Goran Lopaticki

Goran LopatickiGoran Lopaticki is the Senior Technical Officer responsible for the operation of the campus based, climate controlled growth facilities at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment.

Goran graduated from Western Sydney University with a BSc (Honours). His thesis looked at how insect communities responded to changes of soil moisture and nutrients available to their host trees.  After this Goran has worked on a casual basis within the HIE, assisting staff and students with their research.

Technical Expertise

  • Operates and maintains glasshouses, growth cabinets and other plant growth infrastructure.
  • Provides instructions and advice on safe use of the growth facilities.
  • Assists with the design and implementation of experiments.
  • Manages environmental data from the growth facilities.
  • Provides support for research staff and students.


Johnson SN, Lopaticki G, Aslam TJ, Barnett K, Frew A, Hartley SE, Hiltpold I, Nielsen UN, Ryalls JMW, (2018) 'Dryland management regimes alter forest habitats and understory arthropod communities', Annals of Applied Biology, vol.172, no.3, pp 282-294

Johnson SN, Lopaticki G, Barnett K, Facey SL, Powell JR, Hartley SE, (2016) 'An insect ecosystem engineer alleviates drought stress in plants without increasing plant susceptibility to an above-ground herbivore', Functional Ecology, vol.30, no.6, pp 894-902

Johnson SN, Lopaticki G, Hartley SE, (2014) 'Elevated Atmospheric CO2 Triggers Compensatory Feeding by Root Herbivores on a C-3 but Not a C-4 Grass', Plos One, vol.9, no.3, Article no.e90251

Ryalls JM, Riegler M, Moore BD, Lopaticki G, Johnson SN, (2013) 'Effects of elevated temperature and CO2 on aboveground-belowground systems: a case study with plants, their mutualistic bacteria and root / shoot herbivores', Frontiers in Plant Science, vol.4, p 445