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Pauline Grierson

Dr Pauline Grierson

Senior Lecturer
Ecosystems Research Group (School of Plant Biology)

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Ecosystems Research Group
The University of Western Australia (M090)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 7926
+61 8 6488 1001
Room 216, Botany and Biology Building, Perth campus

West Australian Biogeochemistry Centre

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West Australian Biogeochemistry Centre
The University of Western Australia (M090)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 7926
+61 8 6488 1001

Senior Lecturer
Biological Sciences, School of

Contact details
School of Biological Sciences
The University of Western Australia (M090)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 7926
+61 8 6488 1001
Room 216, Botany and Biology Building, Perth campus
BSc PhD Melb.
Key research
* Ecohydrological linkages & ecological water requirements in arid systems;
* Fire ecology - spatial patterning and links with key ecological processes;
* Stable isotopes in ecology and ecohydrology;
* Dendrochronology & dendroclimatology of Callitris and other Australian species
* Ecophysiology of arid zone shrubs and trees
* Riparian zone biogeochemistry & functioning
* Aquatic ecology & limnology
Palmer J, Cook E, Turney CSM, Allen K, Cook B, Fenwick P, O’Donnell A, Lough J, Grierson PF, Baker P. Reply to Comment on ‘Drought variability in the eastern Australia and New Zealand summer drought atlas (ANZDA, CE 1500- 2012) modulated by the Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation’. Environmental Research Letters (in press)

Spiller L, Grierson PF, Davies PM, Collin SP, Kelley JL. Functional diversity of the lateral line system among populations of a native Australian freshwater fish. J Experimental Biology (in press)

Joyce ET, Butcher R, Byrne M, Grierson PF, Hankinson M, Thiele KR. Taxonomic resolution of the Tetratheca hirsuta (Elaeocarpaceae) species complex using an integrative approach. Australian J Systematic Botany (in press)

Loureiro GA, Araujo QR, Sodré GA, Valle RR, Souza Jr JO, Ramos EM, Comerford NB, Grierson PF. (2017). Cacao quality: highlighting selected attributes. Food Reviews International 33, 382-405.

Cook BI, Palmer JG, Cook ER, Turney CSM, Allen K, Fenwick P, O'Donnell A, Lough JM, Grierson PF, Ho M, Baker PJ. (2016). The paleoclimate context and future trajectory of extreme hydroclimate events in eastern Australia. Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres 121, 12820–12838.

Sharples J, Cary G, Fox-Hughes P, Mooney S, Evans J, Fletcher MS, Fromm M, Baker P, Grierson PF, McRae R. (2016). Natural hazards in Australia: extreme bushfire. Climatic Change 139, 85–99.

Skrzypek G, Dogramaci S, Rouillard A, Grierson PF. (2016). Groundwater seepage controls salinity accumulation in a hydrologically terminal basin of arid northwest Australia. J Hydrology 542, 627–636.

Rouillard A. Greenwood PF, Grice K, Skrzypek G, Dogramaci S, Turney C, Grierson PF. (2016). Organic geochemical evidence for late Holocene hydroclimate change revealed in sediments from a subtropical wetland of arid NW Australia. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 459, 495–507.

Gosper CR, O'Donnell AJ, Yates CY, Prober SM, Grierson PF. (2016). Better planning outcomes require adequate data and ecological understanding to be successful and credible – a reply to Evans et al. 2015. Biological Conservation 200, 240-241

Rouillard A, Skrzypek G, Turney C, Dogramaci S, Hua Q, Zawadzki A, Reeves J, Greenwood PF, O'Donnell AJ, Grierson PF. (2016). Evidence for extreme floods in arid subtropical northwest Australia during the Little Ice Age Chronozone (CE 1400–1850). Quaternary Science Reviews 144,107-122.

Ong JJL, Rountrey AN, Zinke J, Meeuwig JJ, Grierson PF, O’Donnell A, Newman SJ, Lough J, Trougan M, Meekan MG. (2016). Evidence for climate-driven synchrony of marine and terrestrial ecosystems in northwest Australia. Global Change Biology 22 (8), 2776–2786.

Turney CSM, Palmer J, Hogg A, Fogwill CJ, Jones R, Ramsey C, Fenwick P, Grierson PF, Richardson S, Wilmshurst J, McGlone M, O’Donnell A, Thomas Z, Lipson M. (2016). Multi-decadal variations in Southern Hemisphere atmospheric 14C: Evidence against a Southern Ocean sink during the Little Ice Age CO2 anomaly. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 30, 211–218.

Page GF, Merchant, A, Grierson PF (2016). Inter-specific differences in the dynamics of water use and pulse-response of co-dominant canopy species in a dryland woodland. Journal of Arid Environments 124, 332-340.

Siebers AR, Pettit NE, Skrzypek GD, Fellman JB, Dogramaci S, Grierson PF (2016). Alluvial ground water influences dissolved organic matter biogeochemistry of pools within intermittent dryland streams. Freshwater Biology 61 (8), 1228–1241.

Palmer J, Cook E, Turney CSM, Allen K, Cook B, Fenwick P, O’Donnell A, Lough J, Grierson PF, Baker P. (2015). Drought variability in the eastern Australia and New Zealand summer drought atlas (ANZDA, CE 1500-2012) modulated by the Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation. Environmental Research Letters 10, 124002

Lostrom, S., Evans J, Grierson PF, Collin SP, Davies PE, Kelley JL. (2015). Linking stream ecology with morphological variability in a native freshwater fish from semi-arid Australia. Ecology and Evolution 5, 3272-3287

O'Donnell AJ, Cook ER, Palmer JG, Turney CS, Page GF, Grierson PF. (2015) Tree-rings show recent summer-autumn precipitation in semi-arid northwest Australia is unprecedented within the last two centuries. PloS one, 10(6), e0128533.

Rouillard A, Skrzypek G, Dogramaci S, Turney C and Grierson PF. (2015) Impacts of a changing climate on a century of extreme flood regime of northwest Australia. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. 19, 2057–2078. doi:10.5194/hess-19-2057-2015

Skrzypek GD, Mydłowski A, Dogramaci S, Hedley P, Gibson JJ, Grierson PF. (2015) Estimation of evaporative loss based on the stable isotope composition of water using Hydrocalculator. J Hydrology 523, 781-789.

Dogramaci S, Firmani G, Hedley P, Skrzypek G, Grierson PF. (2015) Evaluating recharge to an ephemeral dryland stream using a hydraulic model and water, chloride and isotope mass balance. J Hydrology 521, 520-532.

Argus R, Colmer TC, Grierson PF. (2015) Physiological and morphological responses of Eucalyptus camaldulensis subsp. refulgens to flooding. Plant Cell & Environment 38, 189-1199.

Fellman JB, Spencer RGM, Raymond PR, Pettit NE, Skrzypek G, Hernes PJ, Grierson PF. (2014) Dissolved organic matter biolability decreases along with its modernization in fluvial networks in an ancient landscape. Ecology 95, 2622–2632.

Turney C, Palmer J, Allen K, Baker P and Grierson P. (2014) The potential of tree rings in Terra Australis. PAGES Magazine 22, 8-19.

O'Donnell, A. J., M. M. Boer, W. L. McCaw, and P. F. Grierson. (2014) Scale-dependent thresholds in the dominant controls of wildfire size in semi-arid southwest Australia. Ecosphere 5(7):93.

Bougoure J, Ludwig M, Brundrett M, Cliff J, Clode P, Kilburn, M., & Grierson P. (2014) High-resolution secondary ion mass spectrometry analysis of carbon dynamics in mycorrhizas formed by an obligately myco-heterotrophic orchid. Plant, cell & environment. doi: 10.1111/pce.12230

Brodribb TJ, Bowman DMJS, Grierson PF, Murphy BP, Nichols S, Prior LD. (2013) Conservative water management in the widespread conifer genus Callitris. AoB PLANTS 5: plt052; doi:10.1093/aobpla/plt052

Skrzypek G, Dogramaci S, Grierson PF.(2013) Geochemical and hydrological processes controlling groundwater salinity of a large inland wetland of northwest Australia. Chemical Geology 357, 164-177.

Dodson J, Grierson PF, Bennett J, Melo de Howard S, Wong H. (2013) Nuclear science and the story of a preserved leaf from a copy of the Great Bible. Journal of Archaeological Science 40, 1700-1702.

Fellman JB, Pettit NE, Kalic J, Grierson PF. (2013) Biogeochemistry and food web structure of three river-floodplain systems in the wet-dry tropics of northern Australia. Freshwater Science 32, 217-229.

Fellman JB, Petrone K, Grierson PF. (2013) Leaf litter age, chemical quality and photodegradation control the fate of leachate dissolved organic matter in a dryland river. Journal of Arid Environments 89, 30-37.

Price R, Skrzypek G, Grierson PF, Swart PK, Fourqurean JW. (2012) The use of stable isotopes of oxygen and hydrogen to identify water sources of two hypersaline estuaries with different hydrologic regimes. Marine & Freshwater Research 63, 952–966.

Fraser MW, Kendrick GA, Grierson PF, Fourqurean JW, Vanderklift MA, Walker DI. (2012) Nutrient status of seagrasses cannot be inferred from system-scale distribution of phosphorus in Shark Bay, Western Australia. Marine & Freshwater Research 63, 1015–1026.

Dogramaci S, Skrzypek G, Dodson W, Grierson PF. (2012) Stable isotope and hydrochemical evolution of groundwater in the semi-arid Hamersley Basin of sub-tropical northwest Australia. Journal of Hydrology 475, 281-293.

Prior LD, Grierson PF, McCaw WL, Tng DYP, Nichols SC, Bowman DMJS. (2012) Variation in stem growth of the Australian conifer, Callitris columellaris, across the world’s driest and least fertile vegetated continent. Trees - Structure and Function 26, 1169-1179.

Pekin BK, Wittkuhn R, Boer MM, Macfarlane C, Grierson PF. (2012) Plant diversity is linked to nutrient-limitation of dominant species in a world biodiversity hotspot. Journal of Vegetation Science 23, 745–754.

Gergis J, Gallant AJE, Braganza K, Karoly DJ, Allen K, Cullen LE, D’Arrigo R, Goodwin I, Grierson PF, McGregor S. (2012) On the long-term context of the 1997–2009 ‘Big Dry’ in south-eastern Australia: insights from a 206-year multi-proxy rainfall reconstruction. Climatic Change 111, 923-944.

Pekin BK, Wittkuhn R, Boer MM, Macfarlane C, Grierson PF (2012) Response of plant species and life form diversity to variable fire histories and biomass in jarrah forest of southwest Australia. Austral Ecology 37, 330-338.

Prober SM, Thiele KR, Rundel PW, Yates CJ. Berry SL, Byrne M, Christidis L, Gosper CR, Grierson PF, Lemson K, Lyons T, Macfarlane C, O’Connor MH, John K. Scott JK, Standish RJ, Stock WD, van Etten EJB, Wardell-Johnson GW, Watson A. (2012) Climate adaptation in intact landscapes: a framework for managing change and resilience applied to the world’s largest Mediterranean-climate woodland. Climatic Change 110, 227–248.

Pettit NE, Davies T, Fellman, JB, Grierson PF, Warfe DM, Davies PM. (2012) Leaf litter breakdown and food web structure in two Australian tropical streams of contrasting hydrology. Hydrobiologia 680, 63-77.

Jones MD, Brooks DD, Courty P-E, Garbaye J, Grierson PF, Pritsch K. (2011) Chapter 13. Enzyme activities of root tips and in situ profiles of soils and rhizospheres. In: Methods of Soil Enzymology. (Editor: Richard P Dick). Soil Science Society of America, Book Series 9. Madison Wisconsin. pp 275-309.

Rusack E, Dortch J, Boer MM, Heyward K, Renton M, Grierson PF. (2011) Maintenance of a traditional seasonal pattern of plant use by Noongar Elders during 1905-1960 in the Great Southern Region, Western Australia. Human Ecology 39, 673-682.

O’Donnell AJ, Boer MM, McCaw WL, Grierson PF. (2011) Climatic anomalies drive wildfire occurrence and extent across semi-arid shrublands and woodlands of southwest Australia. Ecosphere 2(11):127. doi:10.1890/ES11-00189.1

Page GFM, Liu J and Grierson PF. (2011) 3D xylem networks and phyllode properties in relation to drought tolerance of co-occurring Acacia. Plant Cell & Environment 34, 2149-2158.

McLean EH, Ludwig M, Grierson PF. (2011) Physiological responses and root aquaporin expression during partial root-zone drying of a riparian Melaleuca. New Phytologist 192, 664–675.

Pekin BK, Wittkuhn R, Boer MM, Macfarlane C, and Grierson PF. (2011) Plant functional traits in relation to fire, aridity, and soil nutrients. Journal of Vegetation Science 22, 1009-1020.

Page GFM, Cullen LE, van Leeuwen S, Grierson PF. (2011) Inter- and intra-specific variation in phyllode size and growth form among closely related Mimosaceae Acacia species across a semi-arid landscape gradient. Australian Journal of Botany 59, 426–439.

Cleveland, C. C., Townsend, A. R., Taylor, P., Alvarez-Clare, S., Bustamante, M. M. C., Chuyong, G., Dobrowski, S. Z., Grierson, P., Harms, K. E., Houlton, B. Z., Marklein, A., Parton, W., Porder, S., Reed, S. C., Sierra, C. A., Silver, W. L., Tanner, E. V. J. and Wieder, W. R. (2011) Relationships among net primary productivity, nutrients and climate in tropical rain forest: a pan-tropical analysis. Ecology Letters 14, 939–947.

Prior L, McCaw WL, Grierson PF, Murphy B, Bowman DMJS. (2011) Population structures of the widespread Australian conifer Callitris columellaris are a bio-indicator of continental environmental change. Forest Ecology & Management 262, 252–262.

Fellman JB, Dogramaci S, Skrzypek G, Dodson W and Grierson PF. (2011) Hydrologic control of dissolved organic matter biogeochemistry in pools of a subtropical dryland river. Water Resources Research 47, W06501, doi:10.1029/2010WR010275.

Faivre N, Roche P, Boer MM, McCaw L and Grierson PF. (2011) Characterization of landscape pyrodiversity in Mediterranean environments: contrasts and similarities between south-western Australia and south-eastern France. Landscape Ecology 26, 557–571.

Skrzypek G, Wiśniewski A, Grierson PF. (2011) How cold was it for Neanderthals moving to Central Europe during warm phases of the last glaciation? Quaternary Science Reviews 30, 481-487.

Petrone K, Fellman JB, Hood E, Donn MJ, Grierson PF. (2011) Fluorescence characteristics and bioavailability of dissolved organic matter in agro-urban coastal streams. Journal of Geophysical Research 116 G01028, doi:10.1029/2010JG001537

Fellman JB, Petrone K, Grierson PF. (2011). Source, biogeochemical cycling, and fluorescence characteristics of dissolved organic matter in an agro-urban estuary. Limnology and Oceanography 56, 243-256.

O’Donnell AJ, Boer MM, McCaw WL, Grierson PF. (2011). Spatial controls of wildfire frequency in unmanaged semi-arid shrublands and woodlands. Journal of Biogeography 38, 112–124.

Bougoure J, Brundrett MD and Grierson PF. (2010). The ultimate subterranean symbiosis: carbon and nitrogen supply to the underground orchid. New Phytologist 186, 947 -956.

Sgherza C, Cullen LE and Grierson PF. (2010). Climate-isotope relationships in tree rings of three Callitris species from semiarid woodlands in south-western Australia. Australian Journal of Botany 58, 1-13.

Anderson P, Brundrett MD, Grierson PF and Robinson R. (2010). Impact of severe forest dieback caused by Phytophthora cinnamomi on macrofungal diversity in the northern jarrah forest of Western Australia. Forest Ecology & Management 259, 1033-1040.

O’Donnell A, McCaw L, Cullen LE, Boer MM, Grierson PF. (2010). Dendroecological potential of Callitris preissii for dating historical fires in semi-arid shrublands of southern Western Australia. Dendrochronologia 28, 37–48.

Sadler RJ, Hazelton M, Boer MM and Grierson PF. (2010). Deriving state-and-transition models from an image series of grassland pattern dynamics. Ecological Modelling 221, 433-444.

Boer MB, Sadler RJ, Wittkuhn R, McCaw L and Grierson PF. (2009). Long-term impacts of prescribed burning on regional extent and incidence of wildfires – evidence from fifty years of active fire management in SW Australian forests. Forest Ecology & Management 259, 132-142.

Pekin BK, Boer MM, Macfarlane C, and Grierson PF. (2009). Impacts of increased fire frequency and aridity on eucalypt forest structure, biomass and composition in southwest Australia. Forest Ecology & Management 258, 2136-2142.

Bougoure J, Ludwig M, Brundrett M, and Grierson PF. (2009). Identity and specificity of the fungi forming mycorrhizas with rare, mycoheterotrophic Rhizanthella gardneri (Orchidaceae). Mycological Research 113, 1097-1106.

Cullen L and Grierson PF. (2009) Multi-decadal scale variability in autumn-winter rainfall in south-western Australia since 1655 BP as reconstructed from tree rings of Callitris columellaris. Climate Dynamics 33, 433-444. ERA ranking: A

McIntyre RES, Adams MA, Ford DJ and Grierson PF. (2009). Drying-rewetting pulses in an intermittent stream increase net nitrogen and carbon mineralization. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 41, 92-101.

McIntyre RES, Adams MA and Grierson PF. (2009) Nitrogen mineralization potential in rewetted soils from a semi-arid stream landscape, north-west Australia. Journal of Arid Environments 73, 48-54.

Petrone K, Richards J and Grierson PF. (2009). Composition and bioavailability of dissolved organic carbon and nitrogen in a near-coastal catchment, south-western Australia. Biogeochemistry 92, 27-40. DOI 10.1007/s10533-008-9238-z

Boer MM, Macfarlane C, Norris J, Wallace J, and Grierson PF. (2008). Retrospective mapping of burn severity in Australian eucalypt forest using remotely-sensed changes in leaf area index. Remote Sensing of Environment 112, 4358-4369.

Bougoure J, Brundrett M, Brown A and Grierson PF. (2008). Habitats characteristics of the rare Western Underground Orchid, Rhizanthella gardneri. Australian Journal of Botany 56, 501–511.

Boer MM, Bradstock RA, Gill AM, Sadler RJ, Grierson PF. (2008). Spatial scale invariance of southern Australian forest fires mirrors the scaling behaviour of fire-driving weather events. Landscape Ecology 23, 899-913.

Cullen LE, Adams MA, Anderson M, Grierson PF. (2008). Analysis of δ13C and δ18O in tree rings of Callitris columellaris provides evidence of a change in stomatal control of photosynthesis in response to regional changes in climate. Tree Physiology 28, 1525–1533.

Arndt SK, Livesley SJ, Merchant A, Bleby TM, Grierson PF (2008). Quercitol and osmotic adaptation of field grown Eucalyptus under seasonal drought stress. Plant Cell & Environment 31, 915-924.

Cookson WR, Murphy DV, O’Donnell AJ, Grant CD and Grierson PF (2008). Impact of ecosystem management on microbial community physiological profiles of a forest rehabilitation site. Microbial Ecology 55, 321–332.

Abe H, Katayama A, Sah BP, Toriu T, Samy S, Pheach P, Adams MA and Grierson PF (2007). Potential for rural electrification based on biomass gasification in Cambodia. Biomass & Bioenergy 31, 656-664.

Cullen LE and Grierson PF. (2007). A stable oxygen, but not carbon, isotope chronology of Callitris columellaris reflects recent climate change in north-western Australia. Climatic Change 85, 213-229.

Ford DJ, Cookson WR, Adams MA and Grierson PF (2007). Nitrogen mineralization and microbial dynamics in semi-arid soils with progressive drying. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 39, 1557-1569.

Livesley SJ, Adams MA and Grierson PF (2007). Soil water nitrate and ammonium dynamics under an effluent irrigated eucalypt plantation. Journal of Environmental Quality 36, 1883-1894.

Cookson WR, Müller C, O’Brien P, Murphy DV and Grierson PF (2006). Nitrogen dynamics in an Australian semi-arid grassland soil. Ecology 87, 2047 –2057.

Cullen LE and Grierson PF. (2006). Cellulose extraction is necessary for inferring climatic history from stable carbon and oxygen ratios of Callitris glaucophylla tree-rings. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 236, 206-216.

Boer MM, Norris J, Sadler RJ and Grierson PF (2006). Ecologically sustainable management of fire-prone landscapes in southern Australia: A complex systems point of view. Forest Ecology & Management 234, Supplement 1, S155.

Hokmabadi H, Arzani K and Grierson PF (2005). Growth, chemical composition and carbon isotope discrimination of pistachio (Pistacia vera L.) rootstock seedlings under salinity. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research 56, 135-144.

Marschner P, Grierson PF and Rengel Z (2005). Microbial community composition and functioning in the rhizosphere of three Banksia species in native woodland in Western Australia. Applied Soil Ecology 28, 191-201.

Radersma S and Grierson PF (2004). Phosphorus mobilization in agroforestry: Organic anions, phosphatase activity and phosphorus fractions in the rhizosphere. Plant & Soil 259, 209-219.

Adams MA, Grierson PF (2001). Stable isotopes at natural abundance in terrestrial plant ecology and ecophysiology: An update. Plant Biology 3, 299-310.

Schneider K, Turrion MB, Grierson PF, et al. (2001). Phosphatase activity, microbial phosphorus, and fine root growth in forest soils in the Sierra de Gata, western central Spain. Biology & Fertility of Soils 34, 151-155.

Grierson PF and Adams MA (2000). Acid phosphatase, ergosterol and microbial P relationships in a jarrah forest in south-western Australia. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 32, 1817-1827.

Grierson PF, Comerford NB (2000) Non-destructive measurement of acid phosphatase activity in the rhizosphere using nitrocellulose membranes and image analysis. Plant & Soil 218, 49-57.

Todd MC, Adams MA and Grierson PF (2000). Mineralisation of nitrogen in a chronosequence of mine rehabilitation sites in south western Australia. Australian J Soil Research 38, 435-451.

Todd MCL, Grierson PF, Adams MA (2000). Litter cover as an index of nitrogen availability in rehabilitated mine sites Australian J Soil Research 38, 423-433.

Grierson PF, Comerford NB and Jokela EJ (1999). Phosphorus mineralization and microbial biomass in a Florida Spodosol: effects of water potential, temperature and fertilizer application. Biology & Fertility of Soils 28, 244-252.

Bentley D, Grierson PF, Bennett LT, Adams MA (1999). Evaluation of anion exchange membranes to estimate bioavailable phosphorus in native grasslands of semi-arid northwestern Australia. Communications in Soil Science & Plant Analysis 30, 2231-2244.

Grierson PF and Adams MA (1999). Nutrient cycling and growth in forest ecosystems of south-western Australia - Relevance to agricultural landscapes. Agroforestry Systems 45, 215-244

Grierson PF, Comerford NB and Jokela EJ (1998). Phosphorus mineralization kinetics and response of microbial phosphorus to drying and rewetting in a Florida Spodosol. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 30, 1323-1331.

Chen ZL, Grierson P, Adams MA (1998). Direct determination of phosphate in soil extracts by potentiometric flow injection using a cobalt wire electrode. Analytica Chimica Acta 363, 191-197.

Grierson PF (1992). Organic acids in the rhizosphere of Banksia integrifolia L.f.. Plant & Soil 144, 259-265.

Grierson PF, Adams MA and Attiwill PM (1992). Biomass of Victoria's forests. Australian Journal of Botany 40, 631-640.

Grierson PF and Attiwill PM (1989). Chemical characteristics of the proteoid root mat of Banksia integrifolia L.f. Australian Journal of Botany 37, 137-143.

Selected refereed book chapters and technical reports

Adams MA, Coote M, Grierson PF, Livesley S and Williams K (2001) Improved management of the Albany Effluent Irrigation Tree Farm. Final report submitted to the Water Corporation, Western Australia. Ecosystems Research Group, Botany Department, University of Western Australia. 246 p.

Adams MA, Grierson PF and Burrows C (2003). Fires, soils and plant nutrition in West Australian forests: a focus on spatial and temporal variability. In: Fire in South-Western Australian Ecosystems: Impacts and Management of Eucalypts (Eds N Burrows and I Abbott), Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, The Netherlands.

Adams MA, Grierson PF, Bussau A and Dorling K (2001) Biomass and carbon in vegetation of the Pilbara region, Western Australia. Final report to Hamersley Iron, BHP and Robe/North. Ecosystems Research Group, Botany Department, University of Western Australia. 118 p.

Bougoure J and Grierson PF. (2009). Assessment of mid season nutritional independence of truffles using enriched isotopic tracer and isotope natural abundance analyses. Report prepared for Hazel Hill Pty Ltd. Plant Biology, University of Western Australia. 18 pp.

Comerford, N.B., Cropper, W., Grierson, P.F., Araujo, Q., Jose S. (2006). Modeling P bioavailability and uptake in agroforestry systems (Modelagem da Biodisponibilidade e Absorção de P em Sistemas Agroflorestais). Universidade Estadual do Norte Flumiense Darcy Ribeiro, CABI.

Cullen LE, Adams MA, Landman PA and Grierson PF (2005) Using stable isotopes to understand tree responses to environmental variation and stress. Report to the Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture Coordinated Research Program The use of nuclear techniques for developing integrated nutrient and water management practices for agroforestry systems. Ecosystems Research Group, School of Plant Biology, University of Western Australia, 26 pp.

Grierson PF and Adams MA (2000) Growth and nutrient cycling in native ecosystems of southern Australia: Application to the development of sustainable agriculture. In Agriculture as a Mimic of Natural Ecosystems (Eds EJ Lefroy, RJ Hobbs, M O’Connor and JS Pate), Kluwer, Amsterdam, pp 215-244.

Grierson PF, Smithson P, Nziguheba G, Radersma S and Comerford NB (2004) Phosphorus availability and P dynamics in agroforestry systems. In Belowground Interactions in Tropical Agroecosystems: Concepts and Models with Multiple Plant Components. (Eds C Ong, M van Noordwijk and G Cadisch). pp 127-143, CABI, UK.

Grierson PF, Williams K and Adams MA (2000) Review of Unpublished Biomass-Related Information: Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland. National Carbon Accounting System Technical Report No. 25. Australian Greenhouse Office, Canberra, 95 p.

Raison J, Keith H, Barrett D, Burrows W and Grierson P (2003) Spatial Estimates of Biomass in Mature Native Vegetation. National Carbon Accounting System Technical Report No. 44, Australian Greenhouse Office, Canberra, 56 pp.

Snowden P, Raison J, Keith H, Ritson P, Grierson PF, Adams M, Montagu K, Bi H, Burrows W and Eamus D (2002) Protocol for Sampling Tree and Stand Biomass. National Carbon Accounting System Technical Report No. 31. Australian Greenhouse Office, Canberra, 66 p.

Grierson PF, Adams MA, and Attiwill, P. M. (199l). Carbon Sequestration in Victoria's Forests. 83 pp. (School of Botany, University of Melbourne: Parkville, Vic.)

Grierson PF, Adams MA, and Attiwill PM (199l). Carbon Storage in Soil and in Forest Products. 44 pp. (School of Botany, University of Melbourne: Parkville, Vic.)
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Pauline is Director of the WA Biogeochemistry Centre, and leads the Ecosystems Research Group at UWA. She has extensive experience in the application of stable isotope methods (C, N, H and O) to examining ecosystem processes, particularly in assessing ecological water requirements of semi-arid ecosystems.
Funding received
2017-19 Annual rainfall variability and extreme drought over the late Holocene. Grierson, Cook, Skrzypek. ARC- DP170101033. 485K

2017 A multi-institutional environmental radioactivity research centre. Masque, Lavery, McInnes, Grierson, McCulloch et al. ARC-LE170100219. 170K Ex Edith Cowen University

2016-2017. Monitoring of vegetation water use, Billiards North. Linkage scoping study. Grierson, Skrzypek. Rio Tinto, 150K.

2016. Distribution of Triodia cytotype within Roy Hill seed collection zones, east Pilbara. Grierson, Barrett. Roy Hill. 35K.

2016. Recruitment dynamics of Tecticornia on the Fortescue Marsh in relation to flood regimes. Grierson, O'Donnell, Colmer. Pilbara Corridors (WA Rangelands NRM). 9K

2015 Isotope analyser with delta17O capability to examine water fluxes. Skrzypek, Grierson, Edwards, McCulloch, Grice ARC-LE150100139. 160K.

2013-14 Phase 2: Assessment of vegetation water use of upland and lowland communities associated with the Fortescue Marsh using isotopic tracers. Grierson, Page, Skrzypek. Fortescue Metals Group Ltd. 40K

2013 Dating of sediments to aid in reconstruction of hydroclimatic variability in northwest Australia. AINSE Research Award. 13K

2013 Ultra-trace analytical facility for earth system change. Edwards, Goodwin, Tessalina, Grierson, Nelson, McCulloch. ARC-LE130100029. 280 K. Ex Curtin University

2013-2015 Reconstructing changes in atmospheric circulation over the mid-latitudes of the Southern Hemisphere during the past 3000 years. Turney, Meissner, Grierson. ARC-DP130104156. 470K Ex UNSW

2012-2015. Ecological responses of native fishes to extreme flow variability in arid Australia. Grierson, Collin, Davies, Kelley. ARC Linkage LP120200002. Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton Iron Ore. 400K

2012-2015 Defining ecological and evolutionary significant units in spinifex (Triodia spp.) for improved ecological restoration in arid Australia. Grierson, Krauss, Price, Dixon, Thiele. ARC Linkage 120100350. BGPA, Rio Tinto Iron Ore; Chevron. DEC. 550K

2012-2015 Climate-related shifts in semi-arid ecosystems through ecohydrological proxies. Grierson, Skyrzpek, Turney, Cook, Greenwood Dogramaci. ARC Linkage 120100310. Rio Tinto Iron Ore. 330K

2012-14 Plumbing the depths of tall trees: quantifying the hydraulic structure and function of deep roots. Hermon Slade Foundation. Bleby, Burgess, Grierson 64K.

2011-2012 Triangulating climate records derived from fish, corals and trees to predict marine ecosystem productivity in the face of ocean warming. ANNIMS (Australian National Network in Marine Science). Meeuwig, McCulloch, Grierson, Waite, Frusher, Buxton, McCormick, Choat, Meekan, Black, Heung, Clements, Simpson, Zeller. 298K.

2011 Assessment of vegetation water use of upland and lowland communities associated with the Fortescue Marsh using isotopic tracers. Grierson, Page, Skrzypek. Fortescue Metals Group Ltd. 45K

2011 Coolibah woodland: water use and hydraulic architecture. Grierson, Page, Skrzypek, Bleby, Argus. Rio Tinto. 42K.

2011 LTER Monitoring of Themeda grasslands. Grierson. Rio Tinto. 30K.

2010A high-resolution isotope facility for low cost analysis of water, plant, and soil/sediment samples to understand environmental change. Grierson, Kendrick, Skyrzpek, Fellman, Bowman, Grice, Waite, Stock, Froend, Lavery. ARC LIEF $100K

2010 High resolution liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (Orbitrap) for analysis of polar compounds in biomass, petroleum, potable and reclaimed water. Grice K, Murphy, Greenwood, Heitz, Grierson, Busetti, Wacey, Gleeson. ARC LIEF $300K

2008-10Ecological water requirements of the Yule River.Water Corporation and WA Dept of water. Grierson, Adams, Pfautsch, McLean, Braimbridge, Bellhouse, Jones. Water Corporation $110K

2007-09Productivity of the southern jarrah forest in relation to fire. Australian Greenhouse Office, Grierson, Boer, Pekin, Macfarlane. $30K

2008-10Fire management of complex rehabilitated forests – quantifying and understanding spatial variability of forest structure and fuels. ARC-Linkage, Worsley Alumina, DEC. Grierson, Macfarlane, Boer, Sadler, Vlahos, McCaw.$645K

2007-10Using tree-rings of an Australian conifer as a bio-indicator of decadal-scale environmental change. CERF – Dept of Environment, Water, Heritage & Arts. Prof David Bowman (UTas) Grierson, Hua (ANSTO), Dodson (ANSTO), McCaw (DEC), Lynda Prior (Charles Darwin Univ.)$799K

2007-9Impacts of environmental change on organic matter and nutrient dynamics in near - coast catchments. CSIRO Flagship Collaborative Research Fund. Grierson, Petrone, Barron (CSIRO Land & Water).$109K

2008-2011Dynamics of woody vegetation and water in the central Pilbara – understanding and managing for environmental change. ARC-Linkage, Rio Tinto Iron Ore & BHP-Billiton Iron Ore. Grierson, Adams (USyd), Madden, White, Van Leeuwen.$1.8M

2007-9John de Laeter Research Fellow in Isotope Biogeochemistry. John de Laeter Centre for Mass Spectrometry. GriersonMcNaughton, McWilliams.$300K

2007-8Host-truffle relationships – dependency on host tree roots. Hazel Hill/Manjimup Wine & Truffle Company. Grierson, Bougoure, Malajczuk, Eslick.$59K

2007A novel isotope facility to characterise high-molecular-weight fractions of natural organic matter in soils, sediments, water, petroleum and coal. ARC-LIEF. Grice, Grierson, Greenwood, Brocks, Zhang, Heitz. $280K

2006-7Hydraulic conductivity and functional redundancy in woody shrubs. Andrew Mellon Foundation/CSU. Grierson, Schenk (California State University Fullerton). $25K

2006Stable isotope facility for biological, ecological, and geological applications - West Aust Biogeochemistry Centre.ARC-LIEF. Grierson, McNaughton, Murphy, Greenwood, Walker, Kendrick, Roberts, Grice. $614K

2006Laser pyrolysis system with GC-MS.ARC-LIEF. Greenwood, Grice, Watling, Grierson. $350K

2002-6Ecological sustainability and changing land use in the Pilbara. ARC-Linkage, Pilbara Iron Pty Ltd. Grierson, Adams. $750K

2003-9Multi-scale analysis of patterns in ecological processes in relation to fire regimesBushfire CRC. Grierson, Boer. $750K

2004-7The role of mycorrhizal fungi in nutrient supply and habitat specificity of the rare underground orchid (Rhizanthella gardneri).ARC-Linkage, DEC Grierson, Brundrett, Brown(DEC), Sivasithamparam.$140K

2006-8Dendroclimatology studies of Callitris. Hermon Slade Foundation. Cullen, Grierson.$120K

2005-7Understanding coastal biodiversity: the impact of marine production subsidies upon arid coastal environments. ARC Discovery.Walker, Duarte, Grierson, Robertson.$220K

2005-8Mulga ecology in the Pilbara. Pilbara Iron Pty Ltd. Grierson, Page, Cullen. $250K

2005State-of-the-art solid state nuclear magnetic resonance ARC-LIEF Berners-Price, Raston, Baker, Koutsantonis et al. $434K
Industrial relevance
* Ecological water requirements
* Groundwater and surface water management in arid landscapes
* Fire ecology & management
* Risk management around extreme events (cyclones, floods, drought)
* Ecological Society of Australia
* Australian Society for Limnology
* American Geophysical Union
* Ecological Society of America
* European Geophysical Union
* International Tree-Ring Society
PLNT3306 Australian Vegetation (coordinator)
ENVT5512 Ecosystem Biogeochemistry (coordinator)
PLNT4511 Plant Biology Research Project Development(coordinator)
PLNT4512 Plant Biology Research Presentation (coordinator)

Current external positions
AINSE Councillor
Useful links
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John de Laeter Centre:
Current projects
• Ecological water requirements in the Pilbara

• Ecosystem biogeochemistry of the Swan-Canning catchment

• Dendroclimatology of Australia using Callitris - reconstructing rainfall patterns

• Fire ecology and fire behaviour
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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