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The University of Melbourne, Burnley Campus
500 Yarra Boulevard, Richmond 3121, Victoria
My research centres around the question how plants and entire ecosystems cope with changes in environmental conditions and with climate extremes like drought or heat stress. We investigate plant performance under environmental stress and this allows us to predict which plant species will be best suited to survive and thrive in a future climate in forests, revegetation projects or urban areas.
In 1995 I completed an MSc in Biology, Chemistry and Education at the University of Münster in Germany. In 1996 I started a PhD on the ‘Mechanisms of drought tolerance in the tropical fruit tree genus Ziziphus’ at the University of Vienna in Austria with Marianne Popp. After completing the PhD in early 2000 I worked as a postdoc investigating plant adaptations in the Taklamakan desert in China. In 2001 I moved to Australia to work at the University of Western Australia for 18 months on various projects on plant adaptations to environmental stresses. In late 2002 I started at the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences of the University of Melbourne. I was appointed Senior Research Fellow in 2005, Associate Professor in 2009 and Professor in 2014. In 2008 I was awarded a Visiting Professor position at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and since Juli 2011 I am the Director of the Burnley Campus.