On November 1st 2016, the annual Australian Research Council grants were announced with four new Discovery projects to be led by the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment.
With some excellent field research facilities that span the scientific disciplines, HIE provides the kind of research environment that attracts collaborations and fosters research success.
It's the result of a process that began more than a year ago with research proposals being pitched to colleagues first to sound out the ideas. From there each proposal is refined and tested with peers in Australia and overseas before being submitted for assessment in March. The ARC Discovery scheme
usually funds three-years of research and provides opportunities for postdoctoral researchers to join the Institute, bringing in new and fresh ideas and helping us to grow our team.
These four new Discovery projects came through submission of eight proposals, a success rate of 50%. Benchmarked against the national average of 18.7% across all Universities, this is a truly tremendous success rate for HIE and is the result of a collaborative and partnership-oriented approach
within the University and with researcher partners.
HIE's success rate of 50% reflects expertise and collaboration in partnering across the scientific disciplines to address opportunities in science.
The ARC Discovery projects are:
- Elise Pendall, Stefan Arndt (Uni Melb), Mark Tjoelker, Eva van Gorsel (CSIRO), Eric Davidson (University of Maryland) & Vanessa Haverd (CSIRO) – Temperature sensitivity of ecosystem respiration and its components
- Scott Johnson, Sue Hartley (University of York) & David Tissue – Down to earth defence: unlocking soil-derived defences for plant protection
- Brajesh Singh & Peter Reich – Do microbial and plant diversity interact to regulate multifunctionality?
- Justin Welbergen, Chris Turbill & David Wescott (CSIRO) – Movement ecology of flying foxes
In addition, Brendan Choat is partnering with researchers at the University of Tasmania:
- Tim Brodribb (U Tas), Brendan Choat, Herve Cochard, Phillippe Marmottant & Sylvain Delzon - Finding the failure-threshold of leaf vascular networks in drought