Dr Matthew Brookhouse

Assoc. Dip. App. Sci. (Horticulture), B.Sc. (Forestry) (Hons), PhD (Dendroclimatology)
Senior Lecturer, Fenner School of Environment and Society
ANU College of Science
T: +61 2 6125 2745

Areas of expertise

  • Natural Resource Management 050209
  • Palaeoclimatology 040605
  • Palaeoecology 060206
  • Plant Physiology 060705
  • Archaeological Science 210102
  • Terrestrial Ecology 060208
  • Tree Nutrition And Physiology 070508
  • Landscape Ecology 050104
  • Forestry Sciences 0705

Research interests

  • Plant physiology
  • Sub-alpine ecology
  • Dendrochronology
  • e[CO2] responsiveness
  • Stable isotopes


I completed a BSc(Forestry) Hons. at ANU in 1997 and returned to the ANU in 2003 after six years designing and implementing growth and yield studies, and forest inventory protocols in Victoria's commercial native forests.

After receiving my PhD (2008) and two postdoctoral research projects focussed the use of forest structural complexity for landscape planning and dendrochronological reconstrcution of river flow in Victoria, I accepted a position as Lecturer in Ecological Modelling and Measurement at the Fenner School of Environment and Society. In 2012 I commenced a dual appointment between the Research School of Biology (Farquhar lab) and Fenner School and undertook research aimed at understanding water use in regenerating mountain ash forests and [CO2] responsiveness in commercial forest species.

In 2018 I was permanently appointed as a Senior Lecturer in the Fenner School. I currently teach first-year research methods, with a specific focus upon helping students make the important connection between the theory of inferential statistics and their application. I am continuing to explore the genotype-by-[CO2] interactions in eucalypt species and have ongoing dendrochronological, and silvicultural research interests.  I am also leading collaborative research efforts focussed on understanding wood-borer induced dieback of snow-gum woodland in the Australian Alps.

Researcher's projects

  • GxCO2 responses in tropcial provenances of Eucalyptus camaldulensis
  • Age-dependent water use and carbon assimilation in ash forests
  • Impact of nursery practice on growth and survival of Pinus radiata plantings
  • Climatological sensitivity of Podocarpus lawrencei and Eucalyptus pauciflora
  • Decline and dieback of high-elevation snow-gum woodlands

Current student projects

Medd, O. High-resolution stable isotopic methods for sub-annual resolution of meteorological impacts on eucalypt growth at high elevations. PhD

Charerntantanakul, W. Spatial and temporal attributes of remotely sensed indicators of canopy decline in high-elevation forests. PhD.

Erskine, J. Hydraulic attributes associated with elevational and dieback gradients in high-elevation forests. Hons.

Remont, C. Impact of Phytophthora inoculation on Eucalyptus viminalis. Hons.

Woodcock, E. Interaction between soil and understorey vegatetion composition and their assoviation with sub-alpine dieback. Hons.

Aitken, E. Physiological canopy attributes associated with elevational and dieback gradients in high-elevation forests. Hons.


Past student projects

Soraya, E. (in review) Growth response of eucalypt regrowth forest to thinning and fertiliser application. PhD thesis.


Projects and Grants

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