Plant Biology

Research in the field of plant biology from the Faculty of Science, University of Melbourne.


Stefan Arndt     Studies in plant adaptation to environmental stresses and investigations into how forest ecosystems respond to climate change.

Mike Bayly     Species-level taxonomy, morphometrics, nomenclature, biogeography, phylogeography and molecular phylogenetics.

Jo Birch     Systematics of flowering plants, especially the monocotyledons including Poaceae and Asparagales, Australasian and Pacific biogeography.

Andrew Drinnan     Plant evolution through morphology, development, palaeobotany, systematics and phylogeny.

Berit Ebert     Novel transporters and transferases and their potential interactions to better understand coordinated glycan assembly in eukaryotes.

Claire Farrell     Investigations into the use of plants to make Australian cities more liveable through designing functional and resilient green roofs and facades, rain gardens, woody meadows.

Alex Fournier-Level     How variations in the environment modulate the expression of genetic variation and its impact on genetic diversity.

John Golz     How complex patterns of gene expression are generated and maintained during cell-type specification and differentiation in multicellular organisms.

Mike Haydon     Molecular, cell and systems approaches to study inputs and outputs of plant circadian clocks, with a focus on metabolism and nutrients.

Joshua Heazlewood     Plant cell wall biosynthesis, including endomembrane separation technologies, computational approaches to post-translational modifications, and systems analysis of nucleotide sugar metabolism.

Alex Idnurm     Research on human pathogenic and model fungi, and plant diseases.

Alex Johnson     Study of nutrient uptake and bioavailability in plants, with a focus on nutrient-enriched crops for improved human health.

Sabine Kasel     Research investigating the effects of management and climate change on ecosystem processes in native forests and restored landscapes.

Susan Murphy     Investigations into the development of selection criteria for plants and their performance to help create maintainable and sustainable urban landscapes.

Ed Newbigin     The biology of pollen, especially its roles in plant reproduction and allergic conditions like hay fever and asthma.

Staffan Persson     How plants produce their cell walls, with a particular focus on the prominent cell wall polymer cellulose.

Ute Roessner     Development and application of metabolomics technologies to study metabolism and physiology in biological systems.

Antanas Spokevicius     Research around aspects of production and adaptation of natural and plantation tree populations under future climates through the use of genomics tools.

Heroen Verbruggen     Algal biology, evolutionary biology, macroecology, biodiversity and computational biology.

Virginia Williamson     Research in how xylem anatomical, physiological, biochemical and microbial changes affect flower and fruit longevity in response to wounding and maturation.

Ian Woodrow     How plants synthesise and store secondary metabolites, with a focus on Australian native species and metabolites of commercial interest.

Research centres

Environmental Microbiology Research Initiative
How environmental microorganisms influence ecosystem and human health, change the chemistry of the planet, respond to impacts of industrial contamination and climate change, and new biotechnologies.

National Centre for Coasts and Climate (NCCC)
Working to identify the best ways of addressing climate change impacts in Australian coastal ecosystems.

Research in this area is conducted in the School of BioSciences and School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences.