Graham Farquhar



Distinguished Professor Graham Farquhar AO, FAA, FRS, NAS has undertaken and led research across a broad range of fields and scales, from integration of photosynthesis with nitrogen and water use of plants, stomatal physiology, isotopic composition of plants and global change. He is a fellow of The Australian Academy of Science and of the Royal Society and a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences. He has over 300 research publications and is a leading Australian Citation Laureate.


Research interests

  • Integration of photosynthesis and growth with nitrogen and water use of plants
  • Stomatal physiology
  • Isotopic composition of plants
  • Global change science

Recent grants

  • ARC Discovery Project Grant (DP1097276): Farquhar, G. (2010 - 2012) Carbon uptake and water use by plants: is there pre stomatal control?

Membership of Learned Societies

  • Australian Society of Plant Scientists
  • Australian Academy of Science
  • American Society of Plant Biologists
  • Royal Society of London
  • American Geophysical Union

Academic awards and distinctions

  • 1968 Biophysics Scholarship
  • 1970 73 Commonwealth Postgraduate Scholarship
  • 1980 P.L. Goldacre Award from the Australian Society of Plant Physiologists
  • 1981 Senior Scientist Award under the Japan/Australia Science and Technology Agreement
  • for collaborative research at RIKEN
  • 1982 Australian American Educational Foundation (FULBRIGHT) Senior Scientist Fellowship for research at Carnegie Institution of Washington, Stanford
  • 1983 Gottschalk Medal from the Australian Academy of Science
  • 1984 British Council Academic Links and Interchange Scheme Award
  • 1986 Australia Royal Society Exchange Award
  • 1987 Bourse de haut niveau du Ministère de la Recherche et de l'Enseignement Superieur de France
  • 1988 Elected to Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Science
  • 1991 Elected to Corresponding Membership of the American Society of Plant Physiologists
  • 1991 CSIRO Medal for research achievement
  • 1995 Elected to Fellowship of Royal Society (of London)
  • 2001 Leading Australian Citation Laureate
  • 2001 CSIRO Medal for team research
  • 2005 JG Wood Lecturer (Australian Society of Plant Scientists)
  • 2006 Honorary Doctorate, Universiteit Antwerpen
  • 2009 Land & Water Senior Research Fellowship
  • 2011 Alexander von Humboldt Research Award
  • 2013 Einstein Professor of Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • 2013 Honorary Doctorate, University of Wageningen
  • 2013 Elected Foreign Associate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences
  • 2013 Honorary Professorship, Centre for Agricultural Resources Research
        Shijiazhuang, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • 2015 Carnegie Centenary Professorship
  • 2016 Macfarlane Burnet Medal, Australian Academy of Science
    Other awards and distictions
  • 2003 Centenary Medal: Citation ‘For service to Australian society and science in plant physiology’.
  • 2006 Royal Society of Tasmania R.M. Johnston Memorial Medal. Awarded to “a scholar of great distinction in any field within the Society’s purview.”
  • 2007 Shared Nobel Prize: Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change
  • 2011 Peter Baume Award: The Australian National University’s highest award
  • 2013 Order of Australia Officer (AO) in the General Division
  • 2014 Rank Prize (U.K.) (Nutrition, animal & crop husbandry - shared with RA Richards)


Selected publications

  • Genomic regions for canopy temperature and their genetic association with stomatal conductance and grain yield in wheat Rebetzke, Greg J.; Rattey, Allan R.; Farquhar, Graham D.; et al. Functional Plant Biology 40 Issue: 1 Pages: 14-33 Published: 2013
  • A controlled test of the dual-isotope approach for the interpretation of stable carbon and oxygen isotope ratio variation in tree rings Roden, John S.; Farquhar, Graham D. Tree Physiology 32 Issue: 4 Pages: 490-503 Published: APR 2012
  • Sun, Fubao; Roderick, Michael L.; Farquhar, Graham D. Changes in the variability of global land precipitation Geophysical Research Letters 39 Published: OCT 2 2012
  • Roderick, Michael L.; Farquhar, Graham D., GEOENGINEERING Hazy, cool and well fed? Nature Climate Change 2 Issue: 2 Pages: 76-77 Published: FEB 2012
  • Farquhar, Graham D.; Cernusak, Lucas A. Ternary effects on the gas exchange of isotopologues of carbon dioxide Plant Cell and Environment 35 Issue: 7 Pages: 1221-1231 Published: JUL 2012
  • Lim, Wee Ho; Roderick, Michael L.; Hobbins, Michael T.; et al. The aerodynamics of pan evaporation Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 152 Pages: 31-43 Published: JAN 15 2012
  • Roderick, Michael L.; Farquhar, Graham D. A simple framework for relating variations in runoff to variations in climatic conditions and catchment properties Water Resources Research 47 Published: JUN 21 2011
  • Roderick, Michael L.; Farquhar, Graham D. A simple framework for relating variations in runoff to variations in climatic conditions and catchment properties Water Resources Research 47 Published: JUN 21 2011
  • Sun, Fubao; Roderick, Michael L.; Lim, Wee Ho; et al.Hydroclimatic projections for the Murray-Darling Basin based on an ensemble derived from Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change AR4 climate models Water Resources Research 47 Published: APR 1 2011
  • Zhou, Youping; Grice, Kliti; Chikaraishi, Yoshito; et al. Temperature effect on leaf water deuterium enrichment and isotopic fractionation during leaf lipid biosynthesis: Results from controlled growth of C-3 and C-4 land plants Phytochemistry 72 Issue: 2-3 Pages: 207-213 Published: FEB 2011.

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