Australian Institute of Alpine Studies

dr Adrienne Nicotra



Australian National University



contact details

Evolution, Ecoloy and Genetics, Building 116, Research School of Biology, The Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200, Australia, Tel: (02) 6125 9763, Fax: (02) 6125 5573

research interests


Nicotra, A.B., Atkin, O.K., Bonser, S.P., Davidson, A., Finnegan, E.J., Mathesius, U., Poot, P., Purugganan, M.D., Richards, C.L., Valladares, F., van Kleunen, M. (in press). Plant phenotypic plasticity in a changing climate Trends in Plant Science.

Leigh A, Zwieniecki MA, Rockwell FE, Boyce CK, Nicotra AB, Holbrook NM. (in press). Structural and physiological correlates of heterophylly in ginkgo biloba l. New Phytologist.

Gowland KM, Wood JT, Clements MA, Nicotra AB. (in press). Significant phorophyte (substrate) bias is not explained by fitness benefits in three epiphytic orchid species. American Journal of Botany.

Sack L, Cornwell WK, Santiago LS, Barbour MM, Choat B, Evans JR, Munns R, Nicotra AB. (2010). A unique web resource for physiology,ecology and the environmental sciences: Prometheuswiki. Functional Plant Biology 37(8): 687-693.

Nicotra AB, Davidson A. (2010). Adaptive phenotypic plasticity and plant water use. Functional Plant Biology 37(2): 117-127.

Jones CS, Bakker FT, Schlichting CD, Nicotra AB. (2009). Leaf shape evolution in the south african genus pelargonium l' her. (geraniaceae). Evolution 63(2): 479-497.

Harrison MT, Edwards EJ, Farquhar GD, Nicotra AB, Evans JR. (2009). Nitrogen in cell walls of sclerophyllous leaves accounts for little of the variation in photosynthetic nitrogen-use efficiency. Plant Cell and Environment.

Nicotra AB, Cosgrove MJ, Cowling A, Schlichting CD, Jones CS. (2008). Leaf shape linked to photosynthetic rates and temperature optima in south african pelargonium species. Oecologia 154(4): 625-635.

Bourne M, Nicotra AB, Colloff MJ, Cunningham SA. (2008). Effect of soil biota on growth and allocation by eucalyptus microcarpa. Plant and Soil 305(1-2): 145-156.

Barrett LG, Thrall PH, Burdon EJ, Nicotra AB, Linde CC. (2008). Population structure and diversity in sexual and asexual populations of the pathogenic fungus melampsora lini. Molecular Ecology 17(14): 3401-3415.

Alcorn PJ, Bauhus J, Thomas DS, James RN, Smith RGB, Nicotra AB. (2008). Photosynthetic response to green crown pruning in young plantation-grown eucalyptus pilularis and e-cloeziana. Forest Ecology and Management 255(11): 3827-3838.

Alcorn PJ, Bauhus J, Smith RGB, Thomas D, James R, Nicotra A. (2008). Growth response following green crown pruning in plantation-grown eucalyptus pilularis and eucalyptus cloeziana. Canadian Journal of Forest Research-Revue Canadienne De Recherche Forestiere 38(4): 770-781.

Nicotra AB, Hermes JP, Jones CS, Schlichting CD. (2007). Geographic variation and plasticity to water and nutrients in pelargonium australe. New Phytologist 176(13): 136-149.

Dwyer SA, Ghannoum O, Nicotra A, Von Caemmerer S. (2007). High temperature acclimation of c-4 photosynthesis is linked to changes in photosynthetic biochemistry. Plant Cell and Environment 30(1): 53-66.

Alcorn PJ, Pyttel P, Bauhus J, Smith RGB, Thomas D, James R, Nicotra A. (2007). Effects of initial planting density on branch development in 4-year-old plantation grown eucalyptus pilularis and eucalyptus cloeziana trees. Forest Ecology and Management 252(1-3): 41-51.

current research or projects

We are currently investigating how climate change will affect the reproductive ecology and demography of Australian alpine flora. Our approach places particular emphasis on maternal or cross-generational effects on viability and offspring success. We will also develop state-of-the-art seed banking methods, based on germination, dormancy and longevity studies, for conservation of alpine seeds in seed banks and botanic gardens. Work to date has focussed on: determining germination requirements and the presence of physiological dormancy for a broad range of alpine species, assessing the soil seed back for alpine species, and assessing changes in vegetative and reproductive traits along altitudinal gradients.

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