Dr Gonzalo Estavillo
The Australian National University
Research Field: Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology
Dr Estavillo’s research into plant defence mechanisms will help us further understand how plants are able to survive adverse conditions such as very hot and dry seasons. His results are now being used by industry to develop crop plants that will grow well in the extreme conditions predicted to become more common in the future.
Gonzalo developed a new set of experiments for 2nd year students at ANU called ‘Plant Detectives’ which helped increase enrolments. During 2009, he participated in nation-wide interviews for Win TV News, ABC radio and Australian print and web media outlets including the Townsville Bulletin, Adelaide Advertiser, West Australian and Nine MSN.