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Dr Martin Gerard De Kauwe

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Martin's research is about understanding how plants respond to increasing CO2, temperature and changing water availability. He is also interested in how this response of the vegetation to global change, affects the rate of climate change. He is particularly interested in ways to utilise experimental and satellite data to develop evidence-based models with a predictive capacity.

Martin is the co-chair of the management committee for the...view more

Martin's research is about understanding how plants respond to increasing CO2, temperature and changing water availability. He is also interested in how this response of the vegetation to global change, affects the rate of climate change. He is particularly interested in ways to utilise experimental and satellite data to develop evidence-based models with a predictive capacity.

Martin is the co-chair of the management committee for the Community Atmosphere Biosphere Land Exchange (CABLE) model, Australia's community land surface model.

Further information on Martin can be found here.


My Grants

  • 2020–2023: US Department of Energy – Using FACE Experiments and Models to Investigate Decadal Scale Processes that Govern Terrestrial Ecosystem Responses to CO2. Walker, A., Norby, R., Sulman, B. and De Kauwe, M. (USD $350,000).
  • 2020–2022: UNSW Research Infrastructure Scheme – Building quality software packages in R. Falster, D., Nakagawa, S., Cornwell, W., Navarro, D., Warton, D., Richmond, J., Lyons, M., Lafaye De Micheaux, P., Laffan, S., Abramowitz, G., De Kauwe, M., Ukkola, A. and Betbeder-Matibet, L. (AUD $235,453).
  • 2019: Australian Academy of Science – Towards a representation of Eucalypt ecology & physiology in vegetation models: what makes Eucalypts distinct? (AUD $15,000).
  • 2020–2023: Eucalypt Australia – Eucalypt futures: using functional traits to predict species distributions and responses to environmental change. Vesk, P., Falster, D., De Kauwe, M., Gallagher, R. and Guillera-Arroita, G. (AUD $450,000).
  • 2019–2021: Australian Research Council Discovery – How vulnerable are eucalypts to future droughts? De Kauwe, M., Meir, P., Cernusak, L., Pitman, A. and Haverd, V. (AUD $430,000).
  • 2019–2021: Australian Research Council Discovery – Lags and legacies: antecedent effects on grassland biomass response to CO2. Hovenden, M., De Kauwe, M. and Ogle, K. (AUD $461,000).
  • 2018–2019: UNSW Research Infrastructure Scheme – cFIP-Model evaluation web application. Abramowitz, G., De Kauwe, M., England, M., Evans, J., Falster, D., Johnson, F., Marshall, L., Ptiman, A. and Sharma, A. (AUD $74,776).

My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

Global Change, Ecophysiology, Modelling vegetation


Currently supervising

2020–2023: Melika Missen, Thesis: "Will rising CO2 concentrations save plants from drought stress?". University of Tasmania.

2020-2023: Jonathan Page, Thesis: "Lags and legacies: understanding the role of antecedent effects on grassland biomass responses to rising CO2". University of New South Wales.

2019–2022: Lina Teckentrup, Thesis: "The response of terrestrial ecosystems to different climate modes". University of New South Wales.

2018–2021: Mengyuan Mu, Thesis: "How important is groundwater to the resilience of vegetation during drought?". University of New South Wales.

2017–2021: Manon Sabot, Thesis: "Trading water for carbon: exploring optimality theory to improve model predictions of vegetation function during drought". University of New South Wales.

Alumni:

2015–2018: Jinyan (Jim) Yang, Thesis: "Modelling the carbon uptake of Australian evergreen ecosystems under rising [CO2] and water limitations". Western Sydney University.

2015–2018: Ned Haughton, Thesis: "On the predictability of land surface fluxes". University of New South Wales


My Teaching

CLIM2001: Fundamentals of Atmospheric Science 
CLIM3001: Climate Systems Science 
BEES3041: Big Data in the Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences

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Location

Room 462
Climate Change Research Centre
Level 4, Mathews Building
The University of New South Wales
Sydney NSW 2052

Contact

+61293858481