Seeing environmental change from tree growth

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A/Prof Stuart Pearson (

Description of Work: 


To improve the understanding of the drivers of tree growth in Australia’s semi-arid environments using tree rings and correlations to circulation systems.

Description of work:

  • Complete environmental fieldwork in semi-arid Australia to recover wood samples with a research team.
  • Develop insights into the ocean and atmosphere circulation systems that drive regional climates that are recorded in the trees’ growth.
  • Collect environmental data and concepts to interpret ring width variations measured using a microscope.
  • Analyse the ring widths and other data to identify key drivers of environmental change in Australian semi-arid environments and in surrounding oceans.