Dr Georgia Koerber
|Position||Developing Educator - OzFlux|
|Org Unit||Ecology and Evolutionary Biology|
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.
Left: Green Box, Chowilla floodplain, South Austraila.
Right: Flood of 2011, Chowilla floodplain
Left: 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
I am interested in plant physiology, particularly of Eucalypts and carbon and water ecosystem balance. I am now developing as an educator (ADEPT). The last three years I have written articles for Phytogen, Australian Society of Plant Scientists (ASPS) newsletter. I have just commenced as Environmental and Ecophysiology: Global Change Representative.
I worked for seven years on the Calperum Mallee flux tower, Calperum Station near the Chowilla floodplain and Renmark, South Australia. The tower records data to a website : http://calperumchowilla.wordpress.com Click on site data and Calperum data to see updates every 6 hours.
Fernando, D.R., Fernando, A.E., Koerber, G.R., Doody, T.M. (2020) Tree-soil interactions through water release to a floodplain ecosystem: a case study of Black Box (Eucalyptus largiflorens) on loamy sands. Wetlands revisions accepted for publishing 10th October 2020.
Song, R., Muller, J. -P., Kharbouche, S., Yin, F., Woodgate, W., Kitchen, M., . . . Gobron, N. (2020). Validation of space-based albedo products from upscaled tower-based measurements over heterogeneous and homogeneous landscapes. Remote Sensing, 12(5), 833-1-833-22.
Pastorello, G., Trotta, C., Canfora, E., Chu, H., Christianson, D., Cheah, Y., . . . Gielen, B. (2020). The FLUXNET2015 dataset and the ONEFlux processing pipeline for eddy covariance data. Scientific data, 7(1), 225.DOI
Sun, Q., Meyer, W., Koerber, G., & Marschner, P. (2020). Rapid recovery of net ecosystem production in a semi-arid woodland after a wildfire. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 291, 1-10.DOI
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. DOI Scopus2 WoS2
Sun, Q., Meyer, W., Koerber, G., & Marschner, P. (2017). Prior rainfall pattern determines response of net ecosystem carbon exchange to a large rainfall event in a semi-arid woodland. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 247, 112-119. DOI Scopus4 WoS3
Koerber, G., Meyer, W., Sun, Q., Cale, P., & Ewenz, C. (2016). Under a new light: validation of eddy covariance flux with light response functions of assimilation and estimates of heterotrophic soil respiration. Biogeosciences Discussions, OnlinePubl, 1-28.
Sun, Q., Meyer, W., Koerber, G., & 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 Scopus8 WoS7
Sun, Q., Meyer, W., Koerber, G., & 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 wildfire. Biogeosciences, 12(16), 5093-5101. DOI Scopus9 WoS9
Meyer, W., Kondrlovà, E., & Koerber, G. (2015). Evaporation of perennial semi-arid woodland in southeastern Australia is adapted for irregular but common dry periods. Hydrological Processes, 29(17), 3714-3726. DOI Scopus25 WoS24
Koerber, G. R., Anderson, P. A., & Seekamp, J. V. (2013). Morphology, physiology and AFLP markers validate that green box is a hybrid of Eucalyptus largiflorens and E. gracilis (Myrtaceae). Australian Systematic Botany, 26(2), 156-166. DOI Scopus4 WoS4
Koerber, G., Seekamp, J., Anderson, P., Whalen, M., & Tyerman, S. (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(4), 358-367.
DOI Scopus4 WoS4 Europe PMC1
Koerber, G., & Hancock, T. (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, 61(6), 236-246.DOI
Koerber, G., Hill, P., Edwards-Jones, G., & Jones, D. (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 and Biochemistry, 42(10), 1835-1841.DOI Scopus20 WoS19 Europe PMC3
Koerber, G., Edwards-Jones, G., Hill, P., Canals, L., Nyeko, P., York, E., & Jones, D. (2009). Geographical variation in carbon dioxide fluxes from soils in agro-ecosystems and its implications for life-cycle assessment. Journal of Applied Ecology, 46(2), 306-314.
DOI Scopus27 WoS23 Europe PMC2
Edwards-Jones, G., Milà i Canals, L., Hounsome, N., Truninger, M., Koerber, G., Hounsome, B., . . . Jones, D. (2008). Testing the assertion that 'local food is best': the challenges of an evidence-based approach. Trends in Food Science and Technology, 19(5), 265-274.
DOI Scopus216 WoS206 Europe PMC17
Harmens, H., Norris, D., Koerber, G., Buse, A., Steinnes, E., & Rühling, A. (2008). Temporal trends (1990-2000) in the concentration of cadmium, lead and mercury in mosses across Europe. Environmental Pollution, 151(2), 368-376.DOI Scopus94 WoS87 Europe PMC32
Harmens, H., Norris, D., Koerber, G., Buse, A., Steinnes, E., & Rühling, A. (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(31), 6673-6687.
DOI Scopus71 WoS59
Harmens, H., Norris, D. A., & Koerber, G. R. (2007). Temporal trends (1990-2000) in the heavy metal concentration in mosses across Europe.
Harmens, H., Norris, D. A., & Koerber, G. R. (2007). Temporal trends in the concentration of heavy metals in mosses in Europe. Science for Environmental Policy: European Commission DG Environment News Alert Service.
Edwards-Jones, G., Koerber, G., Milà i Canals, L., & York, E. H. (2007). Identifying and managing emissions from farms and food chains. Carbon Footprint Supply Chain Summit. London (UK), 24-25.
Koerber, G. (2014). Salt: Jack Seekamp and His Fight to Save the Chowilla Floodplain.Australia: Oryx Publishing Pty Ltd.
Koerber, G. R. (2004). Morphological, Physiological and AFLP Molecular Marker Assessment of a Putative Hybrid Origin for’green Variant Plants’ of Eucalyptus Largiflorens (F. Muell) and Its Apparent’salt Tolerance’in Order to Select Plants for Revegetation Strategies. (PhD Thesis).
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
Australian Society of Plant Scientists - 2020 Discipline Representative: Environmental and Ecophysiology: Global Change
- Chief-editor of Phytogen, monthly online newsletter since 2017.
Australian Society of Soil Scientists
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