Dr Charles Warren
The University of Sydney
Charlie Warren is currently an Associate Professor and ARC Future Fellow at the University of Sydney. He has a bachelors degree from the University of Tasmania, and a PhD from the University of Western Australia. His research focuses on how plants are affected by and cope with their environment. The scope of this research includes the chemical and physical processes associated with life (e.g. photosynthesis, respiration, gas exchange, nutrient uptake), and the role of plants in ecosystem function (e.g. ecosystem cycles of carbon, nitrogen & phosphorus).
This knowledge is critical to tackling environmental problems such as climate change, bushfire, drought and salinity. More specifically, he examines factors that limit plant growth, such as limited ability to absorb nutrients (such as nitrogen) from the soil and the absorption of CO2 from the atmosphere that limits the process of photosynthesis. This has implications for improving agricultural methods and environmental management.
Much of this research takes places in the laboratory, but he also works extensively in the Snowy Mountains.
He has received >$2.5M in research funding and consequently has a lab full of cool toys.
When he isn’t at work Charlie can be found chasing after his 2-year-old daughter, at the beach, in the Snowy Mountains, eating/drinking with friends, or any combination of these.