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 and stable isotope ecology
  • Allometrics and growth allocation
  • Dendrochronology
  • Forest measurement


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 as well as components of a statewide forest inventory in Victoria's.

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, silvicultural and urban forest research interests.  

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
  • Growth and development of Wollemia nobilis

Current student projects

White, T. The potential of an abscisic acid mimic to reduce drought stress in urban trees. PhD thesis

Past student projects

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


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