School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Sciences
I research plant ecophysiology; the relationship between plant anatomy and function and plant environment. Ecophysiology is a wonderful science as we can work on plants form anywhere growing at any time. I have researched plant function 65 million years ago in environments that are now extinct from Earth and the same species across a range of environments in present day.
This work enables me to think about what climatic pressures were forcing plants to function in a specific way in the past and present, thus I can use these data to create paleo-climate proxies. This information is also valuable for modelling species survival with future climate change projections.
Year Citation 2016 Baruch, Z., Christmas, M., Breed, M. F., Guerin, G. R., Caddy-Retalic, S., McDonald, J., . . . Lowe, A. J. (2016). Leaf trait associations with environmental variation in the wide-ranging shrub Dodonaea viscosa subsp. angustissima (Sapindaceae) Part 1: Latitude.
2016 Baruch, Z., Christmas, M., Breed, M. F., Guerin, G. R., Caddy-Retalic, S., McDonald, J. T., . . . Lowe, A. J. (2016). Leaf trait associations with environmental variation in the wide-ranging shrub Dodonaea viscosa subsp. angustissima (Sapindaceae) Part 2: Elevation.
Other Supervision Activities
Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name 2019 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Addressing bias in use of stick-nest rat middens for paleo-ecology reconstruction The University of Adelaide — Honours — Annie Kraehe 2018 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Environmental stressors such as light, water and temperature affect leaf physiomorphology. Can we reconstruct palaeoclimates from leaf fossils compared to their nearest living relative grown under controlled conditions? The University of Adelaide — Honours Full Time George Batzios
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