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  • Research on King George Island

    Collins Glacier

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  • 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

  • Even in Antarctica - it’s hot in the sun!
    We know that Antarctica is the frozen planet and we tend to think that its animals and plants must also be well adapted to cold conditions. As a result we probably assume that they do better in cold conditions than other plants or animals. But is that really true? Working…
    Written on Sunday, 09 August 2020 14:24
  • Monitoring moss beds in Antarctic a 20 year story
    Climate change is affecting Antarctica and minimally destructive long-term monitoring of its unique ecosystems is vital to detect biodiversity trends, and to understand how change is affecting these communities. Back in the 1990s when I first visited Antarctic the tradies at Casey would ask “So what is happening to the moss?” given that they…
    Written on Sunday, 26 July 2020 15:45
  • Reframing conservation physiology to be more inclusive, integrative, relevant and forward-looking
    The Editors of Conservation Physiology, myself included, have just published a perspective paper which reviews how physiological tools have been applied within conservation frameworks and the contribution they can play in future. While the number of success stories is growing, the paper highlights some of the ways in which conservation…
    Written on Sunday, 12 April 2020 14:29
  • Anatomy of a heatwave: how Antarctica recorded a 20.75°C day last month
    In late February there were reports of record-breaking high temperatures from scientists working on the Antarctic Peninsula. At the time Diana King and I were in NSW in Australia having spent the summer experiencing smoke pollution from the Australian bushfires along with extremely hot days. Our colleague Dana Bergstrom was sending…
    Written on Thursday, 02 April 2020 22:08
  • The rise of eco-anxiety
    An article on how we cope with the fear and horror that now goes hand-in-hand with climate change? by Keeli Cambourne in The Stand. Plus a link to an article on a similar topic about Laureate Fellow Professor Belinda Medlyn ‘I can see where we are headed & it’s bad’: in the Women's agenda
    Written on Thursday, 06 February 2020 20:42

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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