Professor Graham Farquhar ‘Plant growth in a changing climate particularly related to eCO2, precipitation and crop demand for water.’

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Thursday, 25 August 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

After a quick look at what drives climate change, we examine what should be happening to precipitation and evaporation, and then what has actually happened so far, including effects on vegetation around the world.

Graham Farquhar is a Professor of Environmental Biology at the Research School of Biology, The Australian National University. He trained as an undergraduate in physics and mathematics at Monash and at ANU, then honours in biophysics at Queensland, before returning to ANU for his PhD, and becoming a plant physiologist interested in photosynthesis and plant water use. He was a science advisor at the 1997 Third Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC in Kyoto (the Kyoto Protocol). He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, of the Royal Society of London, and is a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences. He received the 2015 Prime Minister's Prize for Science.