Tim Brodribb, a professor of plant evolutionary physiology at the University of Tasmania, is among 20 leading researchers across the country recognised for their outstanding contributions to science by being elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.
These Fellows are considered among the nation’s most distinguished scientists, elected by their peers for ground-breaking research and the impact of their contributions, according to the Academy.
Professor Brodribb has driven innovation in the field of plant biology through his research, both in terms of designing new ways to see plant behaviour, and in connecting information about physiological function with fundamental questions about plant evolution.
He is a chief investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Plant Success in Nature and Agriculture, and he also shares his expertise and passion for plants with undergraduate students, teaching in the Bachelor of Science and other biological sciences subjects at the University’s School of Natural Sciences.
Professor Brodribb said curiosity had always been his greatest motivation in science.
“Science has rewarded me with an exciting and deeply satisfying life.
“The opportunity to discover new things every day – and to share those discoveries with others – is profoundly fulfilling,” he said.
Professor Brodribb’s discoveries have also brought public awareness to the sensitivity of plants and the vulnerability of forests to climate change.
University of Tasmania Executive Dean of the College of Sciences and Engineering, Terry Bailey congratulated Tim on his achievement.
“This well-deserved recognition is a testament to Tim’s commitment to his field over many years. From an undergraduate science student at the University of Tasmania until now, as one of Australia’s leading scientific voices, he has changed the way we see plants,” Mr Bailey said.
“Tim’s work will help us to protect our environment through the decades to come in a changing climate.”
Professor Brodribb said he was thrilled to be recognised as a Fellow.
“I hope this honour will enable me to promote the tremendous importance of science and in particular plant physiology to all Australians,” he said.
See the full list of new Australian Academy of Science Fellows for 2023.
The new Fellows bring the total Fellowship to 601, with 36 corresponding members including eminent international scientists with strong ties to Australia like Sir David Attenborough and Professor Elizabeth Blackburn.