19 Jan 2023 – Revealing the key traits and climate variables that influence instantaneous fuel moisture contents of vegetation is a big step forward towards being able to forecast fuel moisture dynamics! Want to find out which variables are most important to implement in a biophysical model to predict LFMC? Then check out my new paper in Functional Ecology on “Specific leaf area and vapour pressure deficit control live fuel moisture content“. doi:10.1111/1365-2435.14271.
22 Nov 2022 – Proud to have been part of the team on a Nature Communications paper on “Forest fire threatens global carbon sinks and population centres under rising atmospheric water demand.” Well done Hamish on pushing this one over the line!
28 May 2022 – Rachael Nolan has been leading the assessment of the effect of Black Summer fires on forest carbon stocks, which just got in Global Ecology and Biogeography: “The carbon cost of the 2019-20 Australian fires varies with fire severity and forest type“! Here, we highlight the importance of spatial variability in fire severity and forest type in determining the effects of fire on carbon stocks.
15 May 2022 – Check out this super interesting paper identifying key leaf traits that control spatial and temporal dynamics on live fuel moisture content in Rachael’s new paper on “Drought-related leaf functional traits control spatial and temporal dynamics of live fuel moisture content” in Agricultural and Forest Meteorology.
22 March 2022 – The 20 year anniversary paper from the OzFlux network is published in Global Change Biology! in Bridge to the future: Important lessons from 20 years of ecosystem observations made by the OzFlux network you can read up on the 8 lessons we’ve learned over the past 20 years. I hope you enjoy Lesson 1 – Ecosystems extend our understanding of the climate space, where I’ve been the section lead!
1 Feb 2022 – Interested in interactive effects of species and competition on seasonal stem growth dynamics in temperate eucalypt forests? Then take a look at Ella Plumanns-Pouton’s new paper on “Species and competition interact to influence seasonal stem growth in temperate eucalypts”! It features an extended timeseries of dendrometer recordings that I started during my PhD, and it’s absolutely fantastic to learn something new about these much loved and missed trees after all those years. Free access here: https://doi.org/10.3390/f13020224.
17 Dec 2021 – Finally, this great concept paper featuring some key findings from the NSW Bushfire Rsik Management Research Hub Bushfire Hub to address the question “What Do the Australian Black Summer Fires Signify for the Global Fire Crisis?” has been published in Fire! Mammoth effort by Rachael Nolan to bring it all together, free access here: https://doi.org/10.3390/fire4040097.
10 Nov 2021 – Just published the first study that highlights the previously overlooked importance of temperature stress in amplifying water loss in trees that are infected with mistletoes: they use up to 4 times more water than their hosts on hot summer days compared to typical summer days! We estimated an increase of up to 11% PLC for infected hosts (i.e. a 40% reduction in hydraulic safety margin for mature Eucalyptus moluccana), confirming greater hydraulic dysfunction of infected trees that place them at higher risk of hydraulic failure. The paper titled “Tapping into the physiological responses to mistletoe infection during heat and drought stress” was just published in Tree Physiology: https://doi.org/10.1093/treephs/tpab113, click here for free access to the article!
1 Nov 2021 – Join me at the annual TERN-OzFlux conference, where I’m giving an update on the mistletoe population dynamics at TERN’s Cumberland Plain SuperSite and how they have affected stand productivity, tree water use and host health during the progression of a natural drought that was compounded by severe heatwaves: https://www.tern.org.au/ozflux-conference-2021
30 Sep 2021 – Delighted that I was awarded an Early Career Researcher Fellowship of $14,752 via WSU’s Researcher Development Early Career Researcher Award for the project ‘Mistletoe, friend or foe? The trade-offs when living with a parasite in a warmer, drier and more flammable world.’
5 July 2021 – I’m presenting at the TERN Science Symposium on physiological responses to mistletoe infection during heat and drought stress. Hope you can join me & the other wonderful speakers online on 5-6 July: https://www.tern.org.au/science-symposium/
26 June 2021 – Highly recommend having a look at Alison Bennett’s paper on “Thermal optima of gross primary productivity are closely aligned with mean air temperatures across Australian wooded ecosystems” that is now published in Global Change Biology: https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.15760.
23 May 2021 – Want to learn more about mistletoe population dynamics and how these impact tree growth and canopy structure when a severe drought is compounded by record heat stress? Then check out my new paper on “Recovery from Severe Mistletoe Infection After Heat- and Drought-Induced Mistletoe Death” in Ecosystems: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10021-021-00635-7.
13 Nov 2020 – Thrilled that the ARC Discovery on Tree-mediated methane fluxes: A new frontier in the global carbon cycle has been funded!! Looking forward to working on this exciting project with Lead-CI Damien Maher (Southern Cross Uni), my former PhD-supervisor Stefan Arndt (Uni Melbourne), Nicholas Ashbolt and Scott Johnston (both Southern Cross Uni), as well as highly talented fellow ECRs Philipp Nauer and Eleonora Chiri (both Monash Uni).
2 Nov 2020 – Excited to start a new postdoc on ‘Forecasting live fuel moisture content, the on/off switch for forest fire’, where I’ll be working with a superb team including Rachael Nolan, Matthias Boer, Belinda Medlyn and Brendan Choat at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment at WSU, Albert van Dijk, Marta Yebra and Luigi Renzullo at ANU and Victor Resco De Dios from University of Lleida.
29 Jan 2020 – Ever wondered how to quantify site homogeneity and how to correct for its effect on carbon budgets? New approaches explained in our new paper: “Generating Spatially Robust Carbon Budgets From Flux Tower Observations” in Geophysical Research Letters: https://doi.org/10.1029/2019GL085942.
20 Dec 2019 – When trees have access to water, they are able to maintaining photosynthesis rates even during extreme heatwaves! More in our new paper “Trading Water for Carbon: Maintaining Photosynthesis at the Cost of Increased Water Loss During High Temperatures in a Temperate Forest” in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences: https://doi.org/10.1029/2019JG005239.
10 Dec 2019 – Successfully convened our AGU session on “Surface-Atmosphere Interactions: Advances in Analysis and Scaling of Surface-Atmosphere Fluxes” at the AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco this year. Our speakers and poster presenters were fantastic, and this year’s session line-up was among the best I’ve seen since I started attending AGU in 2015!
13 Sep 2019 – A mobile flux tower is a great tool to explore the spatial variability of fluxes in heterogeneous ecosystems! Check out our study “Using a paired tower approach and remote sensing to assess carbon sequestration and energy distribution in a heterogeneous sclerophyll forest” in Science of the Total Environment!
15 Aug 2019 – Curious about the spatial transpiration patterns of a mixed species eucalypt forest along a steep headwater catchment in southeast Australia? Then take a look at this great paper by Daniel Metzen on “Spatio-temporal transpiration patterns reflect vegetation structure in complex upland terrain” in Science of the Total Environment!
12 July 2019 – A new paper is out on “Relationships of intra-annual stem growth with climate indicate distinct growth niches for two co-occurring temperate eucalypts” in the OzFlux-Asia flux special issue in Science of the Total Environment.
13 June 2019 – Abstract submission for our session about “Latest Developments and Emerging Approaches for Ecosystem Flux Data Analysis” is now open! Click here to submit your abstract by Wednesday, 31 July at 23:59 EDT.
8 May 2019 – I joined the 2019 ECA/MCA Academic Advisory Group at Western Sydney University
2 May 2019 – First day at my position in RPAS-based remote sensing in the Boer lab
18 Apr 2019 – Submitted a session proposal for the AGU Fall Meeting 2019 on “Latest Developments and Emerging Approaches for Ecosystem Flux Data Analysis”, which is co-organized with George Burba (LI-COR), Gilberto Pastorello (AmeriFlux) and Stefan Metzger (NEON)
11 Apr 2019 – Check out my FLUXNET Young Scientist interview with Housen Chu: link to interview
25 Mar 2019 – I just launched my personal website!