Dr Robert Godfree: researching the population biology of plants

Dr Robert Godfree: researching the population biology of plants

Dr Robert Godfree: researching the population biology of native and introduced plants

Dr Robert Godfree is a Senior Research Scientist with CSIRO Plant Industry and is researching population biology of native and introduced plants.

  • 29 June 2010 | Updated 3 December 2012

In this article

  1. Overview
  2. Publishing History


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Current activities

Dr Robert Godfree's current areas of research include assessing how extreme climatic events, such as drought, impact native and exotic plant communities and how they adapt in a changing climate.

More specifically, he has been involved in determining options for managing invasive species in wetlands of the Murray-Darling Basin, and identification of ecosystem transitions.

Dr Godfree also carries out risk assessments of transgenic plants, especially pasture species such as native grasses.


Since 2000, Dr Godfree has worked in the CSIRO Plant Industry division conducting research into the:

  • effects of extreme climatic events on the population dynamics and evolutionary biology of native Australian plants
  • impact of changing flood regimes on floodplain ecosystems
  • impact of invasive weeds on native grassland species
  • risk assessment of genetically modified plants

Prior to this he completed a doctorate investigating the impact of dwarf mistletoe on the population biology and community ecology of lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta) forests in western USA.

Academic qualifications

Dr Godfree completed his Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in environmental science and biology at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia in 1995.

In 2000 he completed his Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Sciences and Biology (Plant Ecology) at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, USA.

His thesis was entitled Lodgepole pine dwarf mistletoe in central Oregon lodgepole pine stands: effects on crown architecture, population dynamics, canopy structure and understory composition.


Dr Godfree is Associate Editor for the international journal Austral Ecology and currently manages over A$350 000 in research grants and a range of CSIRO research projects.

See a list of scientific papers published by Dr Godfree on the next page.

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