Dr Georgia Koerber

Dr Georgia Koerber
 Position Technical Officer - OzFlux
 Org Unit Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
 Email georgia.koerber@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8313 6731
 Location Floor/Room G 104 ,  John Davies ,   Waite
  • Biography/ Background

    My PhD (2000-2004) with Professor Steve Tyerman, Dr Peter Anderson and Dr Molly Whalen from Flinders University, measured salt and drought tolerance ecophysiology of a natural hybrid of Eucalyptus largiflorens, called Green box.

    This tree survives the harsh conditions on the Chowilla floodplain of the River Murray. The aim was to select trees for revegetation by screening seedlings with traits and AFLP DNA markers.

    Traits were leaf carbon and nitrogen and the abundance of their natural isotopes (13C and 15N), and specific leaf area.

    Rates of photosynthesis, transpiration and stomatal conductance were also monitored for calculation of water use efficiency and occurrences of non-stomatal conductance indicative of plants ability to cope with water/salt stress.

    Green box, Chowilla floodplain, South Australia

    flood 2011










    Green Box, Chowilla floodplain, South Austraila. Just before the flood of 2011, Chowilla floodplain and view of Llyn Bochlwyd, 'Australia lake' from Tryfan, Snowdonnia, North Wales, UK.

    My Postdoctoral research (2005-2007) at Bangor University in Wales with Prof Davey Jones, Prof Gareth Edwards-Jones and Dr Paul Hill, formed carbon budgets for vegetable production in the UK, Spain and Uganda.

    Components were soil respiration, plant biomass and soil organic matter and soil parameters for the DNDC (denitrification and decomposition) model.

    You can read more on my researcher profile

  • Research Interests

    I am interested in carbon and water ecosystem balance. I am working on the Calperum flux tower, Calperum Station near the Chowilla floodplain and Renmark, South Australia.

    The tower records data to our website : http://calperumchowilla.wordpress.com Click on site data and Calperum data to see updates every 6 hours.


    We are one of the Australian Government's TERN SuperSite towers managed by CSIRO's OzFlux. Our data contributes to Global datasets of Fluxnet (Calperum, Site ID: AU-Cpr) and NASA's Ecostress mission.

  • Publications

    Sun, Q., Meyer, W., Koerber, G. & Marschner, P. (2017). Prior rainfall pattern 2017 determines response of net ecosystem carbon exchange. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 247 112-119. 10.1016/j.agee.2017.06.032

    Sun, Q., Meyer, W., Koerber, G. & Marschner, P. (2017). Response of microbial activity to labile C addition in sandy soil from semi-arid woodland is influenced by vegetation patch and wildfire. Journal of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, 17, 1, 62- 73. 10.4067/S0718-95162017005000005

    Koerber, G.R., Meyer, W.S., SUN, Q., Cale, P., Ewenz, C.M. (2016) Under a new light: validation of eddy covariance flux with light response functions of assimilation and estimates of heterotrophic soil respiration. Biogeosciences Discussions, doi: 10.5194/bg-2016-182

    Sun, Q., Meyer, W.S., Koerber, G.R., and Marschner, P. (2016) A wildfire event influences ecosystem carbon fluxes but not soil respiration in a semi-arid woodland. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 226-227, 57-66, doi: 10.1016/j.agformet.2016.05.019

    Meyer, W.S., Kondrlova, E. & Koerber, G.R. (2015) Evaporation of perennial semi-arid woodlands in south eastern Australia is adapted for irregular but common dry periods. Hydrological Processes 29, 3714-3726 doi: 10.1002/hyp.10467

    Sun, Q-Q, Meyer, W.S., Koerber, G.R. & Marschner, P. (2015) Response of respiration and nutrient availability to drying and rewetting in soil from a semi-arid woodland depends on vegetation patch and a recent wild fire.
    Biogeosciences Discuss 12: 8723-8745. doi:10.5194/bgd-12-8723-2015

    Georgia R. Koerber (2014) Salt, Jack Seekamp and his fight to save the Chowilla floodplain. Oryx Publishing Pty. Ltd. St. Kilda Australia. ISBN 978-0-9924865-0-1

    Georgia R. Koerber, Peter A. Anderson, and Jack V. Seekamp (2013) Morphology, physiology and AFLP markers validate that green box is a hybrid of Eucalyptus largiflorens and E.gracilis Australian Systematic Botany 26, 156-166

    Georgia R. Koerber and Trevor Hancock (2012) Statistical associations between morphology, physiology and AFLP DNA markers enable selection of a putative eucalypt hybrid able to tolerate salt affected floodplains. Silvae Genetica 6, 236-246

    Georgia R. Koerber, Jack, V. Seekamp, Peter, A. Anderson, Molly A. Whalen and Stephen D. Tyerman (2012). A putative hybrid of Eucalyptus largiflorens growing on salt- and drought-affected floodplains has reduced specific leaf area and leaf nitrogen Australian Journal of Botany 60, 358-367 5.

    Georgia R. Koerber, Paul W. Hill, Gareth Edwards-Jones, David L. Jones (2010) Estimating the component of soil respiration not dependent on living plant roots: Comparison of the indirect y-intercept regression approach and direct bare plot approach Soil Biology & Biochemistry 42, 1835-1841

    Georgia R. Koerber, Gareth Edwards-Jones, Paul W. Hill, Llorenç Milà i Canals, Philip Nyeko, Elizabeth H. York and Davey L. Jones (2009) Geographical variation in carbon dioxide fluxes from soils in agro-ecosystems and its implications for life-cycle assessment Journal of Applied Ecology 46, 306–314

    Gareth Edwards-Jones, Llorenç, Mila i Canals, Natalia, Hounsome, Monica Truninger, Georgia Koerber, Barry Hounsome, Paul Cross, Elizabeth H. York, Almudena Hospido, Katharina Plassmann, Ian M. Harris, Rhiannon T. Edwards, Graham A.S. Day, A. Deri Tomos, Sarah J. Cowell and David L. Jones (2008) Testing the assertion that ‘local food is best’: the challenges of an evidence-based approach. Trends in Food Science & Technology, 19, 265–274.

    Harry Harmens, David A. Norris, Georgia R. Koerber, Alan Buse, Eiliv Steinnes, Ake Rühling (2008) Temporal trends (1990-2000) in the concentration of cadmium, lead and mercury in mosses across Europe Environmental Pollution 151, 368-376

    Harry Harmens, David A. Norris, Georgia R. Koerber, Alan Buse, Eiliv Steinnes, Ake Rühling (2007) Temporal trends in the concentration of arsenic, chromium, copper, iron, nickel, vanadium and zinc in mosses across Europe between 1990 and 2000 Atmospheric Environment 41, 6673–6687

    Researcher ID: G-8012-2015

    Scopus Author ID: 24066899900

    Orcid ID: 0000-0002-3609-477X

    Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=ApV3E2EAAAAJ&hl=en

  • Professional Associations

    Australian Society of Plant Scientists, Chief-editor of Phytogen
    Australian Society of Soil Scientists

    TERN Calperum OzFlux Site


  • Media Expertise

    CategoriesEnvironment, Science & Technology
    Expertiseplant physiology; soil respiration; carbon balance; limited water environments; carbon in vegetable farming soils
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