Roderick Lab - Ecohydrology & climate

Watering crops

Principle research interests in the Roderick Lab are in environmental physics, global climate change science, ecohydrology (including plant-water relations), remote sensing and ecological dynamics. He has made a major international contribution to understanding the water-energy-carbon linkage.



Michael Roderick

Michael Roderick
Michael Roderick graduated with a degree in surveying in 1984 and subsequently worked as a surveyor across northern Australia...


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Selected publications

  • Roderick, M.L., Berry, S.L., Saunders, A.R. and Noble, I.R. (1999) On the relationship between the composition, morphology and function of leaves. Functional Ecology 13, 696-710.
  • Roderick, M.L. and Berry, S.L. (2001) Linking wood density with tree growth and environment: a theoretical analysis based on the motion of water. New Phytologist 149, 473-485.
  • Roderick, M.L., Farquhar, G. D., Berry, S.L. and Noble, I.R. (2001) On the direct effect of clouds and atmospheric particles on the productivity and structure of vegetation. Oecologia 129, 21-30
  • Roderick, M.L. and Farquhar, G.D. (2002) The cause of decreased pan evaporation over the last 50 years. Science 298, 1410-1411.
  • Farquhar, G.D. and Roderick, M.L. (2003) Pinatubo, diffuse light, and the carbon cycle. Science 299, 1997-1998.
  • Roderick ML, Rotstayn LD, Farquhar GD, Hobbins MT (2007) On the attribution of changing pan evaporation, Geophysical Research Letters, 34, L17403, doi:10.1029/2007GL031166.
  • Schymanski SJ, Roderick ML, Sivapalan M, Hutley LB, Beringer J (2008) A canopy scale test of the optimal water use hypothesis, Plant Cell and Environment, 31, 97-111.
  • Donohue RJ, McVicar TR, Roderick ML (2009) Climate related trends in Australian vegetation cover as inferred from satellite observations, 1981-2006. Global Change Biology, 15, 1025-1039.
  • Roderick ML, Hobbins MT, Farquhar GD (2009) Pan Evaporation Trends and the Terrestrial Water Balance II. Energy Balance and Interpretation, Geography Compass, 3, 761-780.
  • McVicar TR, Roderick ML (2010) Winds of Change. Nature Geoscience, 3, 747-748, doi:10.1038/ngeo1002.
  • Sun F, Roderick ML, Farquhar GD, Lim W-H, Zhang Y, Bennett N, Roxburgh SH (2010) Partitioning the variance between space and time, Geophysical Research Letters, 37, L12704, doi:10.1029/2010GL043323.

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News & events


Professor Michael Roderick. Image: Stuart Hay, ANU.
Professor Michael Roderick has been admitted as a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union for his exceptional contribution to Earth and space sciences.
Michael Roderick and pan evaporation station. Image from ANU ScienceWise
Michael Roderick has been awarded the 2013 John Dalton Medal of the European Geophysical Society, Section on Hydrological Sciences fo


Michael Roderick and pan evaporation station. Image from ANU ScienceWise

Michael Roderick

Looking at how water availability has changed, both globally, and in Australia, and how it might change in future.

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