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.
- 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.