[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/FL100100080]
Researchers ; Prof Mark Westoby
Brief description A more fundamental understanding will be developed about the architecture and ecology of vegetation and why it varies around the world. Understanding confers benefits for land management as well as cultural value. Under a high carbon dioxide future scenario, models will be needed that operate through fundamental mechanisms of evolution, competition and physiology, rather than through extrapolation from present-day plants. Australia is a leader in globalising plant trait ecology, and the program will develop that role further. Through intensive short courses within the Sydney basin and at national scale, research capacity will be developed towards the coming four-way fusion among functional ecology, earth system science, comparative genomics and palaeobiology.
Funding Amount $2,859,733
Funding Scheme Australian Laureate Fellowships