Matthew Turnbull

Head of SchoolMatthew Turnbull

Professor in Plant Physiological Ecology
Julius von Haast 222
Internal Phone: 95153

Qualifications & Memberships

Research Interests

My research focuses on three related themes in plant physiological ecology:

1. The physiology of plant performance under field conditions – my research addresses the internal and external constraints on plant resource acquisition (e.g. carbon and nitrogen) in response to variation in environment. This is a fundamental theme in plant biology, with links to a range of important applications in plant production and environmental science.

2. The physiology of forest carbon exchange – the application of the first theme has had its most obvious manifestation in forest carbon exchange. This is essential research because carbon exchange in the world’s terrestrial ecosystems has such a strong influence on the global atmosphere. This research has focussed on factors regulating photosynthesis and respiration in leaves and the scaling of these processes to the canopy level. This is a theme with significant current interest given the importance of forest productivity to human goods and services.

3. Global change biology – my research in the two preceding areas has directly informed my current research which attempts to address the responses of photosynthesis and respiration to changing temperatures on calculations of forest carbon budgets. This theme has developed a global resonance in recent years which I would not have predicted when I first developed the interest!

Recent Publications

  • Gallart M., Adair KL., Love J., Meason DF., Clinton PW., Xue J. and Turnbull MH. (2018) Host Genotype and Nitrogen Form Shape the Root Microbiome of Pinus radiata. Microbial Ecology 75(2): 419-433. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00248-017-1055-2.
  • Sutherland DL., Heubeck S., Park J., Turnbull MH. and Craggs RJ. (2018) Seasonal performance of a full-scale wastewater treatment enhanced pond system. Water Research 136: 150-159. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2018.02.046.
  • Crous KY., O'Sullivan OS., Zaragoza-Castells J., Bloomfield KJ., Negrini ACA., Meir P., Turnbull MH., Griffin KL. and Atkin OK. (2017) Nitrogen and phosphorus availabilities interact to modulate leaf trait scaling relationships across six plant functional types in a controlled-environment study. New Phytologist 215(3): 992-1008. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/nph.14591.
  • Guo Q., Love J., Roche J., song J., Turnbull MH. and Jameson PE. (2017) A RootNav analysis of morphological changes in Brassica napus L. roots in response to different nitrogen forms. Plant Growth Regulation 83: 83-92. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10725-017-0285-0.
  • Guo Q., Love J., Song J., Roche J., Turnbull MH. and Jameson PE. (2017) Insights into the functional relationship between cytokinin-induced root system phenotypes and nitrate uptake in Brassica napus. Functional Plant Biology 44(8): 832-844. http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/FP16435.