Professor David Ellsworth

David is Professor of Plant Eco-physiology at Western Sydney University. He leads a cutting-edge team of scientists who seek to understand how plants function in relation to the environment they live in, and how they respond to urban stresses such as heat, and more broadly to environmental change.  David has published in the scientific literature about the effects of climate change and elevated atmospheric CO2 on forest trees.  He has worked on tree photosynthesis for native and planted trees on five continents, though he prefers working on our native Australian flora.  He is currently the scientific leader of Western Sydney University’s Which-Plant-Where project in collaboration with Macquarie University, and he also leads the Eucalyptus free-air CO2 experiment (EucFACE) situated in native woodland in W. Sydney.
David ranks among the most highly-cited scientists in the world in the area of Ecology and the Environment, and has been filmed by the BBC and ABC, and quoted in National Geographic magazine, Sydney’s Sun Herald, The Age, The Guardian and the New York Times.