Professor Sharon Robinson

robinsonProfessor Sharon Robinson is a plant ecophysiologist and climate change biologist. She will be visiting the University of Birmingham 16 October – 12 December 2014.

Her research examines how plants respond to climate change with an integrated systems approach using molecular to ecological techniques. Most recently this includes developing techniques to map plant health and productivity from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). After completing her PhD at University College London in 1990, she held postdoctoral positions at Duke University (USA) and the Australian National University before her appointment as a Lecturer at the University of Wollongong in 1996.

She is currently a member of the United Nations Environment Programme Environmental Effects Assessment Panel, the Australian Research Council College of Experts, the Australian Antarctic Science Advisory Committee and an Editor for the journal Global Change Biology. She first visited Antarctica in 1996 and has since been on 11 expeditions to Casey, Davis, King George Island and Macquarie Island. She is a custodian for the only Antarctic State of the Environment Indicator concerned with Antarctic vegetation and her research group has provided the first evidence that climate change is affecting East Antarctic terrestrial communities. 

Sharon is based in room G11, A-block of the Aston Webb Building. Visit her personal website here and follow Sharon on Twitter: @Antarcticmoss

Please contact Sue Gilligan for more information.