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Department of Biological Sciences - Westoby Lab


Mark Westoby, short CV


Current roles

Australian Laureate Professor; leader of Macquarie University Genes-to-Geoscience Research Centre  

Education and employment

BSc (Hons Ecology) Edinburgh 1970, PhD (Wildlife Ecology) Utah State 1973; employed Macquarie University 1975 as Lecturer, from 1990 as Professor (Personal Chair)  

Some awards

  • Gold Medal of Ecological Society of Australia (2003)
  • Clarke Medal of Royal Society of NSW (2006)
  • Fellow of Australian Academy of Science (2009)
  • Australian Laureate Professorship (2010) 


Highly-Cited, 252 publications total, 40 publications 2005-present 

Ten selected publications over past 5 years

Crisp MD, Arroyo MTK, Cook LG, Gandolfo MA, Jordan GJ, McGlone MS, Weston PS, Westoby M, Wilf P, Linder HP. 2009. Phylogenetic biome conservatism on a global scale. Nature 458:754-756

Reich PB, Falster DS, Ellsworth DS, Wright IJ, Westoby M, Oleksyn J, Lee TD. 2009. Controls on declining carbon balance with leaf age among 10 woody species in Australian woodland: do leaves have minimal daily net carbon balances when they die? New Phytol 183:153-166.

Falster DS, Moles AT, Westoby M. 2008. A general model for the scaling of offspring size and adult size. Amer Nat 172:299-317.

Cornwell, W., Cornelissen, H., Amatangelo, K., Dorrepaal, E., Eviner, V., Godoy, O., Hobbie, S., Hoorens, B., Kurokawa, H., Perez Harguindeguy, N., Quested, H., Santiago, L., Wardle, D., Wright, I., Aerts, R., Allison, S., van Bodegom, P., Brovkin, V., Chatain, A., Callaghan, T., Diaz, S., Garnier, E., Gurvich, D., Kazakou, E., Klein, J., Read, J., Reich, P.B., Soudzilovskaia, N., Vaieretti, M., Westoby, M. 2008. Plant species traits are the predominant control on litter decomposition rates within biomes worldwide. Ecology Letters 11:1065-1071.

McGill B., Enquist B.J., Weiher E., Westoby M. 2006. Rebuilding community ecology from functional traits. Trends Ecol Evol 21:178-185. (Cited in Research Highlights, Nature 440:1093, April 2006)

Westoby M. 2006. Phylogenetic ecology at world scale, a new fusion between ecology and evolution. Ecology 87:S163-S165.

Westoby M, Wright IJ. 2006. Land-plant ecology on the basis of functional traits. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 21:261-268

Wright I.J., Reich P.B., Atkin O.K., Lusk C.H., Tjoelker M.G., Westoby M. 2006. Irradiance, temperature and rainfall influence leaf respiration costs of woody plants: evidence from comparisons across 20 sites.  New Phytologist 169: 309-319

Moles A.T., Ackerly D.D., Webb C.O., Tweddle J.C., Dickie J.B., Pitman A.J., Westoby M. 2005. Factors that shape seed size evolution. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. (USA) 102: 10540-10544.

Moles A.T., Ackerly D.D., Webb C.O., Tweddle J.C., Dickie J.B., Westoby M. 2005. A brief history of seed size. Science 307:576-580.


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