Researchers

The Institute's research staff are a group of high achieving academics that are working in disciplines relevant to our research agenda. Our philosophy is to maintain a mix of early, mid-career and experienced researchers that have excellent track records.

 

Professor Ian Anderson is the Director of the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment. His research interests centre on the molecular ecology of soil microorganisms, particularly soil fungi, including those that form symbiotic mycorrhizal associations with the roots of plants.
Ian Anderson
A/Professor Matthias Boer's research interest centres on landscape ecology and management of fire-prone environment and climate change within the Ecosystem Function & Integration research theme.
Matthias Boer
Dr Yolima Carrillo is a Lecturer in the Institute. Her research interests are broadly related to the regulation of the carbon and nitrogen cycles in terrestrial ecosystems in the context of environmental change, with a focus on belowground processes, particularly that of decomposition, and how it is influenced by plants and soil communities (including microbes and fauna) within the Soil Biology and Genomics research theme
Yolima Carrillo
Dr Chris Cazzonelli is a Senior Lecturer in the Institute. His research interests include the discovery of molecular mechanisms underpinning plant acclimation and adaptation to changing environments within the Plants, Animals & Interactions research theme.
Dr Chris Cazzonelli
A/Professor Brendan Choat's research interests centre on the hydraulic function of plants and its effect on their growth and survival under drought within the Plants, Animals & Interactions research theme.
Dr Brendan Choat
Professor James Cook is the Theme Leader for the Plants, Animals and Interactions research theme within the Institute. His research focuses on the ecology and evolution of species interactions, with particular emphasis on insect/plant and insect/microbe interactions.
James Cook
Dr Remko Duursma is a Senior Lecturer in the Institute. His research interests centre on modeling vegetation function, including photosynthesis, growth, water use and radiation absorption of trees and forests within the Ecosystem Function & Integration research theme.
Remko Duursma
Professor David Ellsworth is the senior scientific advisor for the Eucalyptus Free-Air CO2 Enrichment (EucFACE) experiment. His research interests centre on the response of forests to rising CO2 concentrations and climate change within the Ecosystem Function & Integration research theme.
David Ellsworth
A/Professor Oula Ghannoum is the deputy theme leader for the Plants, Animals & Interactions research theme. Her research focuses on the biochemical underpinnings of photosynthetic diversity and regulation, especially among C4 grasses, and their implications for plant physiology under a changing environment.
Oula Ghannoum
Dr Scott Johnson is a Senior Lecturer in the Institute. His research interests centre on insect-plant ecology, especially multi-trophic interactions spanning aboveground-belowground systems within the Plants, Animals & Interactions research theme.
Scott Johnson
Dr Catriona Macdonald is a Lecturer in the Institute. Her research interests are geared towards understanding how environmental change impacts nutrient cycling and ecosystem functioning and how this affects productivity and sustainability of soils within the Soil Biology and Genomics research theme.
Catriona Macdonald
Professor Belinda Medlyn's research focuses on how plants, especially forests, respond to increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide and climate change. She works at the interface between experiments and models within the Ecosystem Function and Integration theme.
Belinda Medlyn
Dr Ben Moore is a Senior Lecturer in the Institute. His research is broadly interested in plant-animal interactions, chemical ecology and the causes and consequences of variation in plant chemistry within the Plants, Animals and Interactions research theme.
Ben Moore
Dr Uffe Nielsen is a Senior Lecturer in the Institute. His research interests centre on the distribution and community composition of soil biota (microbes and soil mites in particular) across various spatial scales in two contrasting habitats within the Soil Biology & Genomics research theme.
Uffe Nielsen
Dr Alexie Papanicolaou is a Lecturer in the Institute. He blends the frontiers of molecular biology and computer science to secure Australia's agricultural and natural ecosystems in the face of a changing climate. He is a genome bioinformatician working on ecological and economically important species within the Soil Biology and Genomics theme.
Dr Alexie Papanicolaou
Professor Elise Pendall is the Theme Leader for the Soil Biology & Genomics research theme within the Institute. Elise is a leading expert on the responses of biogeochemical cycling to climate change and ecological disturbances. Her research interests centre on how linkages between aboveground and belowground ecosystem components regulate carbon, water and nutrient cycling in grasslands, forests and crops.
Elise Pendall
Dr Jonathan Plett is a Lecturer in the institute. His research broadly aims to identify and understand how signals are sent and perceived by plants and their associated microbiota to coordinate development and enable this ecosystem to survive under less than ideal conditions, within the Soil Biology and Genomics research theme.
Dr Jonathan Plett
A/Professor Jeff Powell is the deputy theme leader for the soil biology and genomics theme within the Institute. His research interests centre on soil ecology and understanding contributions of microbial biodiversity to ecosystem functioning and stability, particularly in systems experiencing environmental change.
Jeff Powell
A/Prof Sally Power is the deputy theme leader for the Ecosystem Function & Integration research theme within the Institute. Her research broadly focuses on the impacts of atmospheric pollution and climate change on the structure and functioning of terrestrial ecosystems.
Sally Power
Professor Peter Reich is the Chief Scientist of the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment where he serves in a scientific advisory and mentoring role. At the University of Minnesota, Department of Forest Resources, he is the F.B, Hubachek Sr. Chair and Regents Professor. He studies the effects of climate change, carbon dioxide, land use, fire and biotic invasion on the biodiversity, structure and function of forest and grassland ecosystems.
Peter Reich
Associate Professor Markus Riegler is the Higher Degree Research Student Co-ordinator for the Institute. His research interests centre on the biology and diversity of arthropod symbionts, their role in insect adaptations to the environment and their application for the management of pest and vector species within the Plants, Animals and Interactions research theme.
Markus Riegler
Dr Paul Rymer is a Lecturer in the Institute. His research interests centre on the ecology and evolution of organisms in natural populations, in particular plant-animal interactions, mating patterns, hybridisation and local adaptation, and how these factors drive and erode species diversity within the Plants, Animals and Interactions research theme.
Paul Rymer
Professor Brajesh Singh research interests centre on functional microbial ecology, climate change and environmental biotechnology with particular focus on the role of microbes in ecosystem function and environmental sustainability within the Soil Biology & Genomics research theme.
Brajesh Singh
Professor David Tissue is an international expert on the effects of climate change on ecosystems. His research interests centre on the plant response to changes in global climate; primarily considers the interactive effect of elevated CO2 and associated environmental factors (e.g. temperature, nutrients and water) on leaf level physiology and its implications for plant growth within the Plants, Animals & Interactions research theme.
David Tissue
Professor Mark Tjoelker is the Theme Leader for the Ecosystem Function & Integration research theme within the Institute. His research interests centre on the impacts of global environmental change on terrestrial ecosystems, particularly the effects on respiration and carbon cycling, climatic adaptation in plant traits, and the biogeography of forest tree species.
Professor Mark Tjoelker
Dr Justin Welbergen is a Senior Lecturer in the Institute. His research interests centre on whole organism biology, but focuses on evolutionary ecology, which is concerned with the ways organisms respond adaptively to changes in their social, ecological, and physical environment within the Plants, Animals & Interactions research theme.
Dr Justin Welbergen


Recent Successes

Research Excellence

Outstanding ERA3 Results for HIE

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) gauges research quality at Australian universities.

Excellence In Research Australia Rankings 2012 (ERA2)

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