Associate Professor Sebastian Pfautsch

Associate Professor Sebastian Pfautsch

Associate Professor in Urban Management and Planning,
Geography, Tourism & Planning


Dr Sebastian Pfautsch is an Associate Professor in Urban Studies and the Research Theme Coordinator at Western Sydney University. In these roles, Dr Pfautsch develops trans-disciplinary research around the complex issue of urban heat. While the core of his work is concerned with the cooling functions delivered by green infrastructure (GI), his applied projects deal with heat mitigation far beyond GI and include surface and building materials, engineered shade and water infrastructure, smart city technology and more. His high-quality research output is documented in the form of more than 90 peer-reviewed research papers, technical reports and journal articles. Sebastian's work features regularly in the media, which in 2021 led to more than 350 headlines in 21 countries, published in 5 languages and reached more than 1 billion people.

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  • Phd Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat Freiburg Germany
  • Msc

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Society of Plant Scientists (2014)
  • International Association of Urban Climate (IAUC) (2019)
  • International Association of Wood Anatomists (2011)


  • Scientific Mobility Award, Embassy of France in Australia and Australian Academy of Science 2013-06-01
  • Chancellors Committee Award, University of Sydney 2013-04-18
  • Fellowship, Association of Pacific Rim Universities 2012-02-08
  • Maxwell Jacobs Award, Institute of Foresters of Australia 2008-04-03

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Geography, Tourism & Planning


Phone: (02) 9685 9081
Mobile: 0457444774
Location: EI.G.13

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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 101569 Sustainable Futures, 2021
  • 101646 Analysis of Spatial Data, 2019
  • 101646 Analysis of Spatial Data, 2020
  • 101646 Analysis of Spatial Data, 2021
  • 102698 Green Urbanscapes: Bio-Physical Functions and Services, 2019
  • 102698 Green Urbanscapes: Bio-Physical Functions and Services, 2020
  • ARCH7020 Cool Green Cities, 2021


Chapters in Books

  • Pfautsch, S., Bell, T. and Gessler, A. (2015), 'Uptake, transport and redistribution of amino nitrogen in woody plants', Amino Acids in Higher Plants, CABI 9781780642635.

Journal Articles

  • Sharmin, M., Tjoelker, M., Pfautsch, S., Esperon-Rodriguez, M., Rymer, P. and Power, S. (2023), 'Tree traits and microclimatic conditions determine cooling benefits of urban trees', Atmosphere, vol 14, no 3 .
  • Liang, J., Gamarra, J., Picard, N., Zhou, M., Pijanowski, B., Jacobs, D., Reich, P., Crowther, T., Nabuurs, G., de-Miguel, S., Fang, J., Woodall, C., Svenning, J., Jucker, T., Bastin, J., Wiser, S., Slik, F., Herault, B., Alberti, G., Keppel, G., Hengeveld, G., Ibisch, P., Silva, C., ter Steege, H., Peri, P., Coomes, D., Searle, E., von Gadow, K., Jaroszewicz, B., Abbasi, A., Abegg, M., Yao, Y., Aguirre-Gutierrez, J., Zambrano, A., Altman, J., Alvarez-Davila, E., Alvarez-Gonzalez, J., Alves, L., Amani, B., Amani, C., Ammer, C., Ilondea, B., Anton-Fernandez, C., Avitabile, V., Aymard, G., Azihou, A., Baard, J., Baker, T., Balazy, R., Bastian, M., Batumike, R., Bauters, M., Beeckman, H., Benu, N., Bitariho, R., Boeckx, P., Bogaert, J., Bongers, F., Bouriaud, O., Brancalion, P., Brandl, S., Brearley, F., Briseno-Reyes, J., Broadbent, E., Bruelheide, H., Bulte, E., Catlin, A., Cazzolla, G., Cesar, R., Chen, H., Chisholm, C., Cienciala, E., Colletta, G., Corral-Rivas, J., Cuchietti, A., Cuni-Sanchez, A., Dar, J., Dayanandan, S., de Haulleville, T., Decuyper, M., Delabye, S., Derroire, G., DeVries, B., Diisi, J., Do, T., Dolezal, J., Dourdain, A., Durrheim, G., Obiang, N., Ewango, C., Eyre, T., Fayle, T., Feunang, L., Finer, L., Fischer, M., Fridman, J., Frizzera, L., de Gasper, A., Gianelle, D., Glick, H., Gonzalez-Elizondo, M., Gorenstein, L., Habonayo, R., Hardy, O., Harris, D., Hector, A., Hemp, A., Herold, M., Hillers, A., Hubau, W., Ibanez, T., Imai, N., Imani, G., Jagodzinski, A., Janecek, S., Johannsen, V., Joly, C., Jumbam, B., Kabelong, B., Kahsay, G., Karminov, V., Kartawinata, K., Kassi, J., Kearsley, E., Kennard, D., Kepfer-Rojas, S., Khan, M., Kigomo, J., Kim, H., Klauberg, C., Klomberg, Y., Korjus, H., Kothandaraman, S., Kraxner, F., Kumar, A., Kuswandi, R., Lang, M., Lawes, M., Leite, R., Lentner, G., Lewis, S., Libalah, M., Lisingo, J., Lopez-Serrano, P., Lu, H., Lukina, N., Lykke, A., Maicher, V., Maitner, B., Marcon, E., Marshall, A., Martin, E., Martynenko, O., Mbayu, F., Mbuvi, M., Meave, J., Merow, C., Miscicki, S., Moreno, V., Morera, A., Mukul, S., Muller, J., Murdjoko, A., Nava-Miranda, M., Ndive, L., Neldner, V., Nevenic, R., Nforbelie, L., Ngoh, M., N?Guessan, A., Ngugi, M., Ngute, A., Njila, E., Nyako, M., Ochuodho, T., Oleksyn, J., Paquette, A., Parfenova, E., Park, M., Parren, M., Parthasarathy, N., Pfautsch, S., Phillips, O., Piedade, M., Piotto, D., Pollastrini, M., Poorter, L., Poulsen, J., Poulsen, A., Pretzsch, H., Rodeghiero, M., Rolim, S., Rovero, F., Rutishauser, E., Sagheb-Talebi, K., Saikia, P., Sainge, M., Salas-Eljatib, C., Salis, A., Schall, P., Schepaschenko, D., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Schmid, B., Schongart, J., ?eben, V., Sellan, G., Selvi, F., Serra-Diaz, J., Sheil, D., Shvidenko, A., Sist, P., Souza, A., Sterenczak, K., Sullivan, M., Sundarapandian, S., Svoboda, M., Swaine, M., Targhetta, N., Tchebakova, N., Trethowan, L., Tropek, R., Mukendi, J., Umunay, P., Usoltsev, V., Vaglio, L., Valentini, R., Valladares, F., van der Plas, F., Vega-Nieva, D., Verbeeck, H., Viana, H., Vibrans, A., Vieira, S., Vleminckx, J., Waite, C., Wang, H., Wasingya, E., Wekesa, C., Westerlund, B., Wittmann, F., Wortel, V., Zawila-Niedzwiecki, T., Zhang, C., Zhao, X., Zhu, J., Zhu, X., Zhu, Z., Zo-Bi, I. and Hui, C. (2022), 'Co-limitation towards lower latitudes shapes global forest diversity gradients', Nature Ecology and Evolution, vol 6, no 10 , pp 1423 - 1437.
  • Poyatos, R., Granda, V., Flo, V., Adams, M., Adorjan, B., Aguade, D., Aidar, M., Allen, S., Alvarado-Barrientos, M., Anderson-Teixeira, K., Aparecido, L., Altaf Arain, M., Aranda, I., Asbjornsen, H., Baxter, R., Beamesderfer, E., Berry, Z., Berveiller, D., Blakely, B., Boggs, J., Bohrer, G., Bolstad, P., Bonal, D., Bracho, R., Brito, P., Brodeur, J., Casanoves, F., Chave, J., Chen, H., Cisneros, C., Clark, K., Cremonese, E., Dang, H., David, J., David, T., Delpierre, N., Desai, A., Do, F., Dohnal, M., Domec, J., Dzikiti, S., Edgar, C., Eichstaedt, R., El-Madany, T., Elbers, J., Eller, C., Euskirchen, E., Ewers, B., Fonti, P., Forner, A., Forrester, D., Freitas, H., Galvagno, M., Garcia-Tejera, O., Ghimire, C., Gimeno, T., Grace, J., Granier, A., Griebel, A., Guangyu, Y., Gush, M., Hanson, P., Hasselquist, N., Heinrich, I., Hernandez-Santana, V., Herrmann, V., Holtta, T., Holwerda, F., Irvine, J., Isarangkool Na Ayutthaya, S., Jarvis, P., Jochheim, H., Joly, C., Kaplick, J., Kim, H., Klemedtsson, L., Kropp, H., Lagergren, F., Lane, P., Lang, P., Lapenas, A., Lechuga, V., Lee, M., Leuschner, C., Limousin, J., Linares, J., Linderson, M., Lindroth, A., Llorens, P., Lopez-Bernal, A., Loranty, M., Luttschwager, D., Macinnis-Ng, C., Marechaux, I., Martin, T., Matheny, A., McDowell, N., McMahon, S., Meir, P., Meszaros, I., Migliavacca, M., Mitchell, P., Molder, M., Montagnani, L., Moore, G., Nakada, R., Niu, F., Nolan, R., Norby, R., Novick, K., Oberhuber, W., Obojes, N., Oishi, A., Oliveira, R., Oren, R., Ourcival, J., Paljakka, T., Perez-Priego, O., Peri, P., Peters, R., Pfautsch, S. and et al, .. (2021), 'Global transpiration data from sap flow measurements : the SAPFLUXNET database', Earth System Science Data, vol 13, no 6 , pp 2607 - 2649.
  • Treydte, K., Lehmann, M., Wyczesany, T. and Pfautsch, S. (2021), 'Radial and axial water movement in adult trees recorded by stable isotope tracing', Tree Physiology, vol 41, no 12 , pp 2248 - 2261.
  • Kumarathunge, D., Drake, J., Tjoelker, M., Lopez, R., Pfautsch, S., Varhammar, A. and Medlyn, B. (2020), 'The temperature optima for tree seedling photosynthesis and growth depend on water inputs', Global Change Biology, vol 26, no 4 , pp 2544 - 2560.
  • Emmerson, K., Possell, M., Aspinwall, M., Pfautsch, S. and Tjoelker, M. (2020), 'Temperature response measurements from eucalypts give insight into the impact of Australian isoprene emissions on air quality in 2050', Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, vol 20, no 10 , pp 6193 - 6206.
  • Wujeska-Klause, A. and Pfautsch, S. (2020), 'The best urban trees for daytime cooling leave nights slightly warmer', Forests, vol 11, no 9 .
  • Kaluarachichi, T., Tjoelker, M. and Pfautsch, S. (2020), 'Temperature reduction in urban surface materials through tree shading depends on surface type not tree species', Forests, vol 11, no 11 .
  • Wesolowski, A., Blackman, C., Smith, R., Tissue, D. and Pfautsch, S. (2020), 'Elevated CO2 did not stimulate stem growth in 11 provenances of a globally important hardwood plantation species', Frontiers in Forests and Global Change, vol 3 .
  • Aspinwall, M., Pfautsch, S., Tjoelker, M., Varhammar, A., Possell, M., Drake, J., Reich, P., Tissue, D., Atkin, O., Rymer, P., Dennison, S. and Van Sluyter, S. (2019), 'Range size and growth temperature influence Eucalyptus species responses to an experimental heatwave', Global Change Biology, vol 25, no 5 , pp 1665 - 1684.
  • Blackman, C., Creek, D., Maier, C., Aspinwall, M., Drake, J., Pfautsch, S., O?Grady, A., Delzon, S., Medlyn, B., Tissue, D. and Choat, B. (2019), 'Drought response strategies and hydraulic traits contribute to mechanistic understanding of plant dry-down to hydraulic failure', Tree Physiology, vol 39, no 6 , pp 910 - 924.
  • Drake, J., Tjoelker, M., Aspinwall, M., Reich, P., Pfautsch, S. and Barton, C. (2019), 'The partitioning of gross primary production for young Eucalyptus tereticornis trees under experimental warming and altered water availability', New Phytologist, vol 222, no 3 , pp 1298 - 1312.
  • Steidinger, B., Crowther, T., Liang, J., Van Nuland, M., Werner, G., Reich, P., Nabuurs, G., de-Miguel, S., Zhou, M., Picard, N., Herault, B., Zhao, X., Zhang, C., Routh, D., Peay, K., Abegg, M., Adou Yao, C., Alberti, G., Almeyda Zambrano, A., Alvarez-Davila, E., Alvarez-Loayza, P., Alves, L., Ammer, C., Anton-Fernandez, C., Araujo-Murakami, A., Arroyo, L., Avitabile, V., Aymard, G., Baker, T., Balazy, R., Banki, O., Barroso, J., Bastian, M., Bastin, J., Birigazzi, L., Birnbaum, P., Bitariho, R., Boeckx, P., Bongers, F., Bouriaud, O., Brancalion, P., Brandl, S., Brearley, F., Brienen, R., Broadbent, E., Bruelheide, H., Bussotti, F., Cazzolla Gatti, R., Cesar, R., Cesljar, G., Chazdon, R., Chen, H., Chisholm, C., Cienciala, E., Clark, C., Clark, D., Colletta, G., Condit, R., Coomes, D., Cornejo Valverde, F., Corral-Rivas, J., Crim, P., Cumming, J., Dayanandan, S., Gasper, A., Decuyper, M., Derroire, G., DeVries, B., Djordjevic, I., Ieda, A., Dourdain, A., Engone-Obiang, N., Enquist, B., Eyre, T., Fandohan, A., Fayle, T., Feldpausch, T., Finer, L., Fischer, M., Fletcher, C., Fridman, J., Frizzera, L., Gamarra, J., Gianelle, D., Glick, H., Harris, D., Hector, A., Hemp, A., Hengeveld, G., Herbohn, J., Herold, M., Hillers, A., Honorio Coronado, E., Huber, M., Hui, C., Cho, H., Ibanez, T., Jung, I., Imai, N., Jagodzinski, A., Jaroszewicz, B., Johannsen, V., Joly, C., Jucker, T., Karminov, V., Kartawinata, K., Kearsley, E., Kenfack, D., Kennard, D., Kepfer-Rojas, S., Keppel, G., Khan, M., Killeen, T., Kim, H., Kitayama, K., Kohl, M., Korjus, H., Kraxner, F., Laarmann, D., Lang, M., Lewis, S., Lu, H., Lukina, N., Maitner, B., Malhi, Y., Marcon, E., Marimon, B., Marimon-Junior, B., Marshall, A., Martin, E., Martynenko, O., Meave, J., Melo-Cruz, O., Mendoza, C., Merow, C., Monteagudo Mendoza, A., Moreno, V., Mukul, S., Mundhenk, P., Nava-Miranda, M., Neill, D., Neldner, V., Nevenic, R., Ngugi, M., Niklaus, P., Oleksyn, J., Ontikov, P., Ortiz-Malavasi, E., Pan, Y., Paquette, A., Parada-Gutierrez, A., Parfenova, E., Park, M., Parren, M., Parthasarathy, N., Peri, P., Pfautsch, S. and et al, .. (2019), 'Climatic controls of decomposition drive the global biogeography of forest-tree symbioses', Nature, vol 569, no 7756 , pp 404 - 408.
  • Du, B., Pang, J., Hu, B., Allen, D., Bell, T., Pfautsch, S., Netzer, F., Dannenmann, M., Zhang, S. and Rennenberg, H. (2019), 'N2-fixing black locust intercropping improves ecosystem nutrition at the vulnerable semi-arid Loess Plateau region, China', Science of the Total Environment, vol 688 , pp 333 - 345.
  • Magh, R., Bonn, B., Grote, R., Burzlaff, T., Pfautsch, S. and Rennenberg, H. (2019), 'Drought superimposes the positive effect of silver fir on water relations of European beech in mature forest stands', Forests, vol 10, no 10 .
  • Drake, J., Tjoelker, M., Varhammar, A., Medlyn, B., Reich, P., Leigh, A., Pfautsch, S., Blackman, C., Lopez Rodriguez, R., Aspinwall, M., Crous, K., Duursma, R., Kumarathunge, D., De Kauwe, M., Jiang, M., Nicotra, A., Tissue, D., Choat, B., Atkin, O. and Barton, C. (2018), 'Trees tolerate an extreme heatwave via sustained transpirational cooling and increased leaf thermal tolerance', Global Change Biology, vol 24, no 6 , pp 2390 - 2402.
  • Pfautsch, S., Aspinwall, M., Drake, J., Chacon-Doria, L., Langelaan, R., Tissue, D., Tjoelker, M. and Lens, F. (2018), 'Traits and trade-offs in whole-tree hydraulic architecture along the vertical axis of Eucalyptus grandis', Annals of Botany, vol 121, no 1 , pp 129 - 141.
  • Aspinwall, M., Blackman, C., Resco de Dios, V., Busch, F., Rymer, P., Loik, M., Drake, J., Pfautsch, S., Smith, R., Tjoelker, M. and Tissue, D. (2018), 'Photosynthesis and carbon allocation are both important predictors of genotype productivity responses to elevated CO2 in Eucalyptus camaldulensis', Tree Physiology, vol 38, no 9 , pp 1286 - 1301.
  • Adams, M. and Pfautsch, S. (2018), 'Grand challenges : forests and global change', Frontiers in Forests and Global Change, vol 1 .
  • Mencuccini, M., Salmon, Y., Mitchell, P., Holtta, T., Choat, B., Meir, P., O'Grady, A., Tissue, D., Zweifel, R., Sevanto, S. and Pfautsch, S. (2017), 'An empirical method that separates irreversible stem radial growth from bark water content changes in trees : theory and case studies', Plant, Cell and Environment, vol 40, no 2 , pp 290 - 303.
  • Larter, M., Pfautsch, S., Domec, J., Trueba, S., Nagalingum, N. and Delzon, S. (2017), 'Aridity drove the evolution of extreme embolism resistance and the radiation of conifer genus Callitris', New Phytologist, vol 215, no 1 , pp 97 - 112.
  • Drake, J., Varhammar, A., Kumarathunge, D., Medlyn, B., Pfautsch, S., Reich, P., Tissue, D., Ghannoum, O. and Tjoelker, M. (2017), 'A common thermal niche among geographically diverse populations of the widely distributed tree species Eucalyptus tereticornis : no evidence for adaptation to climate of origin', Global Change Biology, vol 23, no 12 , pp 5069 - 5082.
  • Drake, J., Power, S., Duursma, R., Medlyn, B., Aspinwall, M., Choat, B., Creek, D., Eamus, D., Maier, C., Pfautsch, S., Smith, R., Tjoelker, M. and Tissue, D. (2017), 'Stomatal and non-stomatal limitations of photosynthesis for four tree species under drought : a comparison of model formulations', Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, vol 247 , pp 454 - 466.
  • Pfautsch, S. and Gray, T. (2017), 'Low factual understanding and high anxiety about climate warming impedes university students to become sustainability stewards : an Australian case study', International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, vol 18, no 7 , pp 1157 - 1175.
  • Pfautsch, S., Harbusch, M., Wesolowski, A., Smith, R., Macfarlane, C., Tjoelker, M., Reich, P. and Adams, M. (2016), 'Climate determines vascular traits in the ecologically diverse genus Eucalyptus', Ecology Letters, vol 19, no 3 , pp 240 - 248.
  • Pfautsch, S., Macfarlane, C., Harbusch, M., Wesolowski, A., Smith, R., Boer, M., Tjoelker, M., Reich, P. and Adams, M. (2016), 'Vessel diameter and related hydraulic traits of 31 Eucalyptus species arrayed along a gradient of water availability', Ecology, vol 97, no 6 , pp 1626 - 1626.
  • Blackman, C., Pfautsch, S., Choat, B., Delzon, S., Gleason, S. and Duursma, R. (2016), 'Toward an index of desiccation time to tree mortality under drought', Plant, Cell and Environment, vol 39, no 10 , pp 2342 - 2345.
  • Liang, J., Crowther, T., Picard, N., Wiser, S., Zhou, M., Alberti, G., Schulze, E., McGuire, A., Bozzato, F., Pretzsch, H., Miguel, S., Paquette, A., Herault, B., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Barrett, C., Glick, H., Hengeveld, G., Nabuurs, G., Pfautsch, S., Viana, H., Vibrans, A., Ammer, C., Schall, P., Verbyla, D., Tchebakova, N., Fischer, M., Watson, J., Chen, H., Lei, X., Schelhaas, M., Lu, H., Gianelle, D., Parfenova, E., Salas, C., Lee, E., Lee, B., Kim, H., Bruelheide, H., Coomes, D., Piotto, D., Sunderland, T., Schmid, B., Gourlet-Fleury, S., Sonke, B., Tavani, R., Zhu, J., Brandl, S., Vayreda, J., Kitahara, F., Searle, E., Neldner, V., Ngugi, M., Baraloto, C., Frizzera, L., Balazy, R., Oleksyn, J., Zawila-Niedzwiecki, T., Bouriaud, O., Bussotti, F., Finer, L., Jaroszewicz, B., Jucker, T., Valladares, F., Jagodzinski, A., Peri, P., Gonmadje, C., Marthy, W., O?Brien, T., Martin, E., Marshall, A., Rovero, F., Bitariho, R., Niklaus, P., Alvarez-Loayza, P., Chamuya, N., Valencia, R., Mortier, F., Wortel, V., Engone-Obiang, N., Ferreira, L., Odeke, D., Vasquez, R., Lewis, S. and Reich, P. (2016), 'Positive biodiversity-productivity relationship predominant in global forests', Science, vol 354, no 6309 , pp 89571 - 895712.
  • Delzon, S., Cochard, H. and Pfautsch, S. (2016), 'Indexing the indices : scientific publishing needs to undergo a revolution', Journal of Plant Hydraulics, vol 3 .
  • Pfautsch, S. (2016), 'Hydraulic anatomy and function of trees : basics and critical developments', Current Forestry Reports, vol 2, no 4 , pp 236 - 248.
  • Pfautsch, S. and Macfarlane, C. (2016), 'Comment on Wang et al. 'Quantifying sapwood width for three Australian native species using electrical resistivity tomography'', Ecohydrology, vol 9, no 5 , pp 894 - 895.
  • Drake, J., Aspinwall, M., Pfautsch, S., Rymer, P., Reich, P., Smith, R., Crous, K., Tissue, D., Ghannoum, O. and Tjoelker, M. (2015), 'The capacity to cope with climate warming declines from temperate to tropical latitudes in two widely distributed Eucalyptus species', Global Change Biology, vol 21, no 1 , pp 459 - 472.
  • Pfautsch, S., Renard, J., Tjoelker, M. and Salih, A. (2015), 'Phloem as capacitor : radial transfer of water into xylem of tree stems occurs via symplastic transport in ray parenchyma', Plant Physiology, vol 167, no 3 , pp 963 - 971.
  • Gharun, M., Turnbull, T., Pfautsch, S. and Adams, M. (2015), 'Stomatal structure and physiology do not explain differences in water use among montane eucalypts', Oecologia, vol 177, no 4 , pp 1171 - 1181.
  • Larter, M., Brodribb, T., Pfautsch, S., Burlett, R., Cochard, H. and Delzon, S. (2015), 'Extreme aridity pushes trees to their physical limits', Plant Physiology, vol 168, no 3 , pp 804 - 807.
  • Pfautsch, S., Holtta, T. and Mencuccini, M. (2015), 'Hydraulic functioning of tree stems : fusing ray anatomy, radial transfer and capacitance', Tree Physiology, vol 35, no 7 , pp 706 - 722.
  • Wesolowski, A., Adams, M. and Pfautsch, S. (2014), 'Insulation capacity of three bark types of temperate Eucalyptus species', Forest Ecology and Management, vol 313 , pp 224 - 232.
  • Pfautsch, S., Peri, P., Macfarlane, C., Van Ogtrop, F. and Adams, M. (2014), 'Relating water use to morphology and environment of Nothofagus from the world's most southern forests', Trees: Structure and Function, vol 28, no 1 , pp 125 - 136.
  • Pfautsch, S., Dodson, W., Madden, S. and Adams, M. (2014), 'Assessing the impact of large-scale water table modifications on riparian trees : a case study from Australia', Ecohydrology, .
  • Pfautsch, S. and Adams, M. (2013), 'Water flux of Eucalyptus regnans : defying summer drought and a record heatwave in 2009', Oecologia, vol 172, no 2 , pp 317 - 326.
  • Pfautsch, S., Aspinwall, M., Drake, J., Choat, B., Tissue, D., Burykin, T. and Tjoelker, M. (2013), 'Putting the puzzle together : investigating hydraulic functioning and water transport at high spatial resolution in tall trees', Acta Horticulturae, vol 991 , pp 245 - 252.
  • Resco de Dios, V., Diaz-Sierra, R., Goulden, M., Barton, C., Boer, M., Gessler, A., Ferrio, J., Pfautsch, S. and Tissue, D. (2013), 'Woody clockworks : circadian regulation of night-time water use in Eucalyptus globulus', New Phytologist, vol 200, no 3 , pp 743 - 752.
  • Buckley, T., Turnbull, T., Pfautsch, S., Gharun, M. and Adams, M. (2012), 'Differences in water use between mature and post-fire regrowth stands of subalpine Eucalyptus delegatensis R. Baker', Forest Ecology and Management, vol 270 , pp 1 - 10.
  • Merchant, A., Buckley, T., Pfautsch, S., Turnbull, T., Samsa, G. and Adams, M. (2012), 'Site-specific responses to short-term environmental variation are reflected in leaf and phloem-sap carbon isotopic abundance of field grown Eucalyptus globulus', Physiologia Plantarum, vol 146, no 4 , pp 448 - 459.
  • Pfautsch, S., Macfarlane, C., Ebdon, N. and Meder, R. (2012), 'Assessing sapwood depth and wood properties in Eucalyptus and Corymbia spp. using visual methods and near infrared spectroscopy (NIR)', Trees: Structure and Function, vol 26, no 3 , pp 963 - 974.
  • Pfautsch, S., Keitel, C., Turnbull, T., Braimbridge, M., Wright, T., Simpson, R., O'Brien, J. and Adams, M. (2011), 'Diurnal patterns of water use in Eucalyptus victrix indicate pronounced desiccation-rehydration cycles despite unlimited water supply', Tree Physiology, vol 31, no 10 , pp 1041 - 1051.
  • Buckley, T., Turnbull, T., Pfautsch, S. and Adams, M. (2011), 'Nocturnal water loss in mature subalpine Eucalyptus delegatensis tall open forests and adjacent E. pauciflora woodlands', Ecology and Evolution, vol 1, no 3 , pp 435 - 450.
  • Pfautsch, S., Gessler, A., Rennenberg, H., Weston, C. and Adams, M. (2010), 'Continental and local climatic influences on hydrology of eucalypt-Nothofagus ecosystems revealed by d2H, d13C, and d18O of ecosystem samples', Water Resources Research, vol 46, no 3 .
  • Petit, G., Pfautsch, S., Anfodillo, T. and Adams, M. (2010), 'The challenge of tree height in Eucalyptus regnans : when xylem tapering overcomes hydraulic resistance', New Phytologist, vol 187, no 4 , pp 1146 - 1153.
  • Adams, M., Simon, J. and Pfautsch, S. (2010), 'Woody legumes : a (re)view from the South', Tree Physiology, vol 30, no 9 , pp 1072 - 1082.
  • Pfautsch, S., Bleby, T., Rennenberg, H. and Adams, M. (2010), 'Sap flow measurements reveal influence of temperature and stand structure on water use of Eucalyptus regnans forests', Forest Ecology and Management, vol 259, no 6 , pp 1190 - 1199.
  • Pfautsch, S., Rennenberg, H., Bell, T. and Adams, M. (2009), 'Nitrogen uptake by Eucalyptus regnans and Acacia spp. - preferences, resource overlap and energetic costs', Tree Physiology, vol 29, no 3 , pp 389 - 399.
  • Pfautsch, S., Gessler, A., Adams, M. and Rennenberg, H. (2009), 'Using amino-nitrogen pools and fluxes to identify contributions of understory Acacia spp. to overstory Eucalyptus regnans and stand nitrogen uptake in temperate Australia', New Phytologist, vol 183, no 4 , pp 1097 - 1113.

Conference Papers

  • Tjoelker, M., Campany, C., Duursma, R., Pfautsch, S., Aspinwall, M. and Thompson, D. (2017), 'Insights into standards for nursery-grown tree stock', National Street Tree Symposium, The University of Adelaide, S.A..
  • Pfautsch, S., Adams, M. and Gessler, A. (2005), 'Climate, topography, growth and carbon isotope composition of Nothofagus cunninghamii at Mt Donna Buang, Victoria, Australia', IUFRO Congress, Brisbane, Australia.

Other Publications

  • 2022, 'Despicable Urban Places: Hot Car Parks', Report
  • 2022, 'Wicked Urban Challenges in Western Sydney: Researchers Respond', Report
  • 2021, 'Guide to Climate-Smart Playgrounds: Research Findings and Application', Report
  • 2021, 'Cool Roads Trial 2021', Report
  • 2020, 'Benchmarking Tree Canopy in Sydney's Hot Schools', Report
  • 2020, 'School Microclimates', Report
  • 2020, 'Benchmarking Summer Heat Across Penrith, New South Wales', Report
  • 2020, 'The Impact of Surface Cover and Tree Canopy on Air Temperature in Western Sydney', Report
  • 2019, 'Benchmarking Heat Across Campbelltown City, New South Wales', Report
  • 2019, 'Benchmarking Heat Across Cumberland Council, New South Wales', Report
  • 2019, 'Benchmarking Heat in Parramatta, Sydney's Central River City', Report
  • 2018, 'Green Track for Parramatta Light Rail: A Review', Report
  • 2018, 'Cool Schools', Report
  • 2016, 'Identifying Gaps and Opportunities to Align Multifaceted Use of Forests with Scientific and Ecological Reality', Report
  • 2016, 'The Montreal Process and Its Effects on Sustainable Use of Forest in New South Wales', Report

Current Projects

Title: Determining the physiological underpinnings of Eucalypt dieback in NSW
  • NSW Environmental Trust (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Brendan Choat, Belinda Medlyn, Sebastian Pfautsch, Rachael Nolan, Matthias Boer, David Tissue, Paul Rymer and Mark Tjoelker
Years: 2021-06-18 - 2024-02-01
ID: P00027031
Title: Living with Urban Heat: Becoming Climate-Ready in Social Housing
  • Faith Housing Alliance
  • University of Technology Sydney
  • Bidwill Uniting
  • Link Wentworth Housing Limited
  • Bridge Housing Limited
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Stephen Healy, Katherine Gibson, Louise Crabtree-Hayes, Emma Power and Sebastian Pfautsch
Years: 2022-03-01 - 2025-12-31
ID: P00027441
Title: Natural Canopy Dynamics of Urban Trees - PhD Scholarship
  • Mosaic Insights
Western Researchers: Sebastian Pfautsch
Years: 2022-01-03 - 2025-01-02
ID: P00027636
Title: Smart Irrigation Management for Parks and Cool Towns (SIMPaCT)
  • NSW Department of Planning & Environment
  • Sydney Water Corporation
Western Researchers: Sebastian Pfautsch, Oliver Obst, Bahman Javadi Jahantigh and Nicky Morrison
Years: 2021-12-01 - 2023-07-31
ID: P00027609
Title: Next-generation Green Carpark Prototype for Urban Resilience
  • Cumberland Council
Western Researchers: Sebastian Pfautsch
Years: 2021-02-22 - 2024-03-31
ID: P00027017

Previous Projects

Title: Cool Suburbs Rating Tool - Literature Review for Best Practice
  • Water Sensitive Cities Institute
Western Researchers: Sebastian Pfautsch
Years: 2020-12-01 - 2020-12-07
ID: P00026891
Title: Impact of urban fabric on summer heat
  • Campbelltown City Council
Western Researchers: Sebastian Pfautsch
Years: 2019-12-25 - 2020-06-30
ID: P00026233
Title: Western Sydney Cool Roads Trial - Enviromental Monitoring Program
  • City of Parramatta Council
Western Researchers: Sebastian Pfautsch
Years: 2020-02-19 - 2021-02-28
ID: P00026422
Title: Preliminary Analysis of Sustainable and Innovative Management of Water and Waste within Sydney Zoo
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Sathaa Arumugam Sathasivan, Chin Leo, Ataur Rahman, Surendra Shrestha, Basant Maheshwari, Dharma Hagare and Sebastian Pfautsch
Years: 2018-07-25 - 2019-09-30
ID: P00025189
Title: Agribusiness Precinct for Aerotropolis - Science Advisory Board
Western Researchers: Sebastian Pfautsch
Years: 2020-12-01 - 2020-12-04
ID: P00026888
Title: Hot Hospital Carparks - An Avoidable Risk for Patients and Visitors?
  • Maridulu Budyari Gumal
Western Researchers: Sebastian Pfautsch, Nicky Morrison and Ryan Van Den Nouwelant
Years: 2020-12-16 - 2021-05-31
ID: P00026905
Title: Outdoor Ambient Temperature Hierarchies of Cumberland
  • Cumberland Council
Western Researchers: Sebastian Pfautsch
Years: 2018-11-05 - 2019-06-21
ID: P00025368
Title: Outdoor Ambient Temperature Hierarchies of Campbelltown
  • Campbelltown City Council
Western Researchers: Sebastian Pfautsch
Years: 2018-11-12 - 2019-06-28
ID: P00025424
Title: Summer Heat across Penrith City 2020
  • Penrith City Council
Western Researchers: Sebastian Pfautsch
Years: 2019-10-01 - 2020-07-01
ID: P00026161
Title: HIA Evaluation of Nursery Tree Stock Balance Parameters
  • Horticulture Innovation Australia (non ACRG)
Western Researchers: Remko Duursma, David Thompson, Mike Aspinwall, Sebastian Pfautsch and Mark Tjoelker
Years: 2015-06-09 - 2017-08-07
ID: P00024376
Title: Climate Risk Ready NSW: Development of a Climate Change Risk Management Framework, Guidance and Training Course for NSW Government
  • NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
Western Researchers: Phillip O'Neill, Juan Francisco Salazar Sutil, Sebastian Pfautsch and Mark Tjoelker
Years: 2019-07-22 - 2020-06-30
ID: P00026024
Title: Outdoor Ambient Temperature Hierarchies of Parramatta
  • City of Parramatta Council
Western Researchers: Sebastian Pfautsch
Years: 2018-09-01 - 2019-06-21
ID: P00025233
Title: GPOP Cool Schools Pilot Research
  • University of Western Sydney
  • NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
Western Researchers: Sebastian Pfautsch and Kathryn Holmes
Years: 2019-06-25 - 2021-09-30
ID: P00025943
Title: Playground assessment for Cumberland Council
  • Cumberland Council
Western Researchers: Sebastian Pfautsch
Years: 2019-12-09 - 2020-12-15
ID: P00026255
Title: Evaluation of Nursery Tree Stock Balance for the Environment
  • Horticulture Innovation Australia (non ACRG)
Western Researchers: Mark Tjoelker, Sebastian Pfautsch and David Thompson
Years: 2017-07-11 - 2019-03-31
ID: P00024177
Title: Heat Smart Development Report
  • E8urban Pty Ltd
Western Researchers: Sebastian Pfautsch
Years: 2022-03-09 - 2022-03-15
ID: P00028026
Title: Benefits and Disbenefits of Urban Street Trees
  • Blacktown City Council
Western Researchers: Sebastian Pfautsch
Years: 2021-02-22 - 2021-09-07
ID: P00027020


Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Intraspecific and Interspecific Variation in the Xylem Functional Traits of Callitris Species Growing along an Aridity Gradient
Field of Research: Environmental Studies
Thesis Title: The Role of Carparks as Urban Heat Islets in Western Sydney
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Research on theories of precise irrigation management and hydraulic safely margin in Eucalyptus Plantation
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Biophysical Indicators and Social Perception of Trees for Urban Cooling
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Green or Crispy: Which Plants Use Transpiration to Survive Heatwaves
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: The Dynamic Relationship Between Tree Canopy, Land Ownership and Urban Development across Greater Sydney
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: Intraspecific and Interspecific Variation in the Xylem Functional Traits of Callitris Species Growing along an Aridity Gradient
Field of Research: Environmental Studies
Thesis Title: The effects of drought, heat and elevated atmospheric CO2 on physiology and growth of Eucalyptus ? Does climate-of-origin matter?
Field of Research: Other Natural And Physical Sciences
Thesis Title: The Role of Carparks as Urban Heat Islets in Western Sydney
Field of Research: Architecture And Urban Environment

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