Catherine StewartPlant ecologist is NSW Scientist of the Year 2014


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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