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  • Sharon Robinson and Mel Waterman on Ardley Island
  • Sharon Robinson in Antarctica
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  • Research on King George Island

    Collins Glacier

    Research Details

  • Escudero Base, King George Island

    Chilean Antarctic Station

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  • Ardley Island, KGI

    Myself and Mel Waterman in the field

  • A nice day in the field!

    Me at Wilkes Hut

  • Graduation Day

    L/R: Diana King, Jo Turnbull, Barry Osmond, Sharon Robinson, Cornelia Buechen Osmond, Mick Ashcroft, Mel Waterman, Rhys Wyber, James Wallman, Jame Wasley

  • This is what healthy moss looks like!

    Bryum pseudotriquetrum

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Latest News

  • TEDx Talk
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    TEDx Talk My TEDx talk video from UOW TEDx event on 29 October 2016  
    Written on Tuesday, 04 April 2017 18:45
  • Life of extremes. Women of Impact
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    Life of extremes. Women of Impact A feature about my research on the UOW Women of Impact Series. Includes a brief overview and a video. http://www.uow.edu.au/research/woi/UOW214974.html
    Written on Monday, 03 April 2017 09:19
  • Small plants in the ranges
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    Small plants in the ranges Australian Bryophyte Workshop, Flinders Ranges, South Australia, 20 - 26 August 2016 In Australia's largest mountain ranges, I joined Australian and international bryologists to search out some of the plant kingdom's smallest members - moss, liverworts and hornworts. As I'm a beginner in this field, and was just a few…
    Written on Saturday, 24 September 2016 03:36
  • From the Poles to the Tropics in Kuala Lumpur
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    From the Poles to the Tropics in Kuala Lumpur We have just got back from KL where the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research held its biennial meeting. Mel and I went via Singapore so we could catch up with Jessica on the way. We got to see the Singapore Botanical Gardens as well and meet some VIP orchids. Diana…
    Written on Friday, 23 September 2016 17:36
  • Interdisciplinary Pathways to Antarctica - Eco-Antarctica Symposium
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    Interdisciplinary Pathways to Antarctica - Eco-Antarctica Symposium Antarctica is a natural subject for interdisciplinary exploration because it ignites passion and curiosity on so many fronts. The day brought together a kaleidoscope of interested parties from the worlds of visual art, toxicology, history, climate science, law, plant biology and the humanities. Such disciplinary diversity gave a taste of…
    Written on Friday, 23 September 2016 17:36

Academic Information

  • Qualifications
  • Academic Appointments
  • Professional Activities
  • Awards
  • Research Interests


PhD, University College London, 1990
Graduate Certificate in Science Education, Kings College London 1986
B.Sc. First Class Honours, University College London 1983



  • Associate Dean Graduate Research  & Senior Professor, The University of Wollongong 2016 -
  • Senior Professor, The University of Wollongong 2016 -
  • Co-Director, Centre for Sustainable Ecosystem Solutions 2015 -
  • Professor, The University of Wollongong 2010
  • Director, Institute for Conservation Biology 2005 - 2008
  • Associate Professor, The University of Wollongong 2004  - 2010
  • Senior Lecturer, The University of Wollongong 2000 - 2004
  • Lecturer, The University of Wollongong 1996 - 1999


  • Chair, Australian Research Council Linkage Projects BEM (Biological Sciences, Biotechnology, Environmental, Medical and Health) panel (2016-17)
  • Member, Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition (Swiss Polar Program) Review Panel (Paris, 2016)
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Conservation Physiology (2014-)
  • Member, Australian Research Council College of Experts (2013-17)
  • Member, United Nations Environment Programme Environmental Effects Assessment Panel (2009-)
  • Member, Antarctic Science Advisory Committee, Australian Department of Environment (2009-2014)
  • Stream Leader for Antarctic Climate Change Science, Australian Department of Environment (2011-13)
  • Editor, Global Change Biology (2005- present)
  • Custodian Antarctic State of the Environment Indicator (2002-present)
  • Member, Australian Plant Phenomic Facility User Group (2012-2013)
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Committee, Functional Plant Biology (2002-2007)
  • Member, Executive Committee, World University Service (UK) (1985-1990)
  • Executive Officer, National Executive Committee, National Union of Students (UK) (1984-85)


  • 2009/ 2010 Chlorotube 1st prize Competition 3 (Youtube In the Heat of the Night) US$500
  • 2009/ 2010 2nd prize Competition 1 (Youtube The Science of Cool) US$250
  • 2003 American Society of Plant Biologists (US$1000 to present Photosynthesis in silico CD)
  • 2002 Australian Society of Plant Scientists’ Teaching Award ($1000)
  • 2001 Australian College of Education (Illawarra Branch) Outstanding contribution to Higher Education Award
  • 1991 Irene Manton Prize, Linnean Society of London. Best UK PhD in Botany


  • Plant Stress Ecophysiology
  • Cool Plants
  • Hot Plants

    See below for more details

My Research Areas

  • Photosynthesis

    Laser Induced Fluorescence Transients. Read More
  • Climate Change in Antarctica

    We are studying climate change effects on antarctic moss species in East Antarctica and on the Antarctic Prninsula. Read More
  • Hot Plants

    How do plants keep floral ovens hot? Native Australian hot plants and their pollinators
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