As a plant ecophysiologist my main research interest is understanding how plants overcome challenging environmental conditions, and to identify traits that could prove useful to future food security and ecosystem resilience.
I am a postdoctoral research associate in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences and the Sydney Institute of Agriculture at the University of Sydney. My current research focusses on maximising whole plant photosynthesis by optimising canopy resource distribution in wheat (Triticum aestivum). A major part of this work has been the development of new high throughput tools to rapidly screen for leaf level photosynthetic capacity (OCTOflux multiplexed gas exchange) and canopy light environment (PARbar ceptometers and PARdot quantum sensors). To find out about this and the other projects I have been involved in please click here.
I feel that effective scientific communication is extremely important and have an active presence on Twitter (follow me @williamtsalter). I am the Social Media Editor for the journal AoBP I am a member of the Website & Communication Sub-Committee of the Australian Society of Plant Scientists.
In my spare time I enjoy photography, camping, hiking and biking. I experiment with my camera a lot, especially when I’m travelling, and particularly like using HDR and long exposure techniques to take striking landscape shots.