Catherine StewartPlant ecologist is NSW Scientist of the Year 2014

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Plant ecologist Professor Mark Westoby of Macquarie University is the 2014 NSW Scientist of the Year.

Professor Westoby specialises in researching the evolution of plants, how species co-exist, and what type of trade-offs they face. The research combines the disciplines of genomics, palaeontology, functional ecology, earth system science, and informatics.

He summarises is work as:

“how plant species make a living and a plant’s investment strategy, which has become known as the leaf economic spectrum”

Professor Westoby is head of the Macquarie University Genes to Geoscience Research Centre, a federation of research labs.

More information at Macquarie University

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Catherine Stewart

About Catherine Stewart

Award-winning garden journalist, blogger and photographer; writer for garden magazines and co-author of 'Waterwise Gardening'; landscape designer turned landscape design judge and critic; compulsive networker and lover of generally putting fingers in lots of pies. Particularly mud pies. Original creator of GardenDrum. South Coast NSW.

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