Science

My work focusses on understanding and improving the photosynthesis of crop plants. As the key driver of crop yield, boosting photosynthesis is viewed as the key target for a second green revolution. It is however critical that we do so whilst also improving the plant’s use of resources, specifically water and nitrogen. This is particularly important in Australia where these resources are often limited. In the context of climate change, I am also interested in enhancing the resilience of Australian farming systems and improving the stress tolerance of crop species. Currently, I work with wheat and chickpea, two of the major economically important crops grown in eastern Australia.

I am also very interested in the development of cheap yet robust methods for the measurement of plant traits. There is an assumption that there must be a trade off in data quality when you build equipment yourself on a budget, yet the tools I have helped to develop have proven this certainly does not need to be the case. By keeping costs low and using open source data processing pipelines we can make these scientific tools available for more researchers across the world.

Below you will find more detailed information about the projects I am currently working on (and those that I have worked on in the past). If you would like more information about any of my work please get in touch.

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Increasing carbon capture by optimising canopy resource distribution (past)

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Nocturnal responses of stomata to changes in VPD in air and HELOX (past)

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Optimization of water catchment management (past)

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PhD: Growing in Australia – plant strategies to survive intense solar radiation and soils lacking in phosphorus (past)

To view a list of my most recent publications please click here.

To view the posters I have presented at conferences please click here.

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