Jack Egerton

Jack Egerton
Field Coordinator & Divisional Senior Technical Officer
Ecology and Evolution
 +61 2 6125 0606 (Office)



I have two primary areas of responsibility. Firstly, I am the Senior Technical Officer for the Division of Evolution Ecology and Genetics and secondly, I am the RSB Field Safety Coordinator. Outlined below describes in more detail my duties and responsibilities.

Senior Technical Officer: Management of scientific equipment and maintenance of facilities, buildings and records in accordance with University and School guidelines and legislative requirements.  Ensure laboratory operational compliance.  Oversee compliance issues such as AQIS permits, PC2 compliance and general OHS activities.  Conduct Division-specific inductions for staff, students and visitors.  Ensure that appropriate risk assessments are undertaken for hazardous materials and equipment.  Undertake and/or assist in annual audits, OGTR PC2 inspections and general reporting as required.  Provide general advice, educational instruction and training for those using Divisional facilities.

Field Safety Coordinator: I provide domestic and international fieldwork advice to the Research School of Biology's staff and students. I ensure that all fieldwork activities comply with University policy, legislative requirements and OH&S guidelines and are implemented accordingly. I develop school policy and procedures that align and supplement University policy. I am responsible for all field workers having appropriate skills and provide training where necessary and I manage fieldwork materials and equipment.


Research interests

  • Experimental and field based approaches to the study of plants and climate warming.
  • The ecophysiology of plants under natural and altered microclimates.


  • Heskel MA, O’Sullivan OS, Reich PB, Tjoelker MG, Weerasinghe KWLK, Penillard A, Egerton JJG, Creek D, Bloomfield KJ, Xiang J, Sinca F, Stangl ZR, Martinez-de la Torre A, Griffin KL, Huntingford C, Hurry V, Meir P, Turnbull MH, Atkin OK.  Convergence in the temperature response of leaf respiration across biomes and plant functional types.  PNAS, 113: 3832-3837.
  • Atkin OK, Bloomfield KJ, Reich PB, Tjoelker MG, Asner GP, Bonal D, Bönisch G, Bradford M, Cernusak L, Cosio EG, Creek D, Crous K, Domingues T, Dukes J, Egerton JJG, Evans JR, Farquhar GD, Fisher R, Fyllas NM, Gauthier PPG, Gloor E, Gimeno TE, Griffin KL, Guerrieri R, Heskel MA, Huntingford C, Ishida FY, Kattge J, Kitajima K, Lambers H,  Liddell MJ, Lloyd J, Long B, Lusk CH, Martin RE, Maximov TC, Maksimov AP, Mahli Y, Medlyn BE, Meir P, Mercado LM, Mirotchnick N, Ng D, Niinemets U, O’Sullivan OS, Philips OL, Poorter L, Revilla NS, Rowland LM, Ryan MG, Sitch S, Slot M, Smith NG, Swaine E, Turnbull MH, VanderWel M, Valladares F, Veneklaas E, Weerasinghe LK, Wirth C, Wright IJ, Wythers K, Xiang J, Xiang S, Zaehle S and  Zaragoza-Castells J.  2015.  Global variability in leaf in relation to climate, plant functional types and leaf traits.  New Phytologist, 206: 614-636.
  • O’Sullivan OS, Weerasinghe KWLK, Evans JR, Egerton JJG, Tjoelker MG and Atkin OK. 2013. High-resolution temperature responses of leaf respiration in snow gum (Eucalyptus pauciflora) reveal high-temperature limits to respiratory function. Plant, Cell and Environment, 36: 1268-1284.
  • Schmitz N, Egerton JJG, Lovelock CE and Ball MC. 2012. Light-dependent maintenance of hydraulic function in mangrove branches: do xylary chloroplasts play a role in embolism repair. New Phytologist, 195: 40-46.
  • Ball MC, Harris-Pascal D, Egerton JJG and Lenné T. 2011. The paradoxical increase in freezing injury in a warming climate: frost as a driver of change in cold climate vegetation. In: Nature at risk: temperature adaptation in a changing climate. KK Tanino and K Storey (eds). pp 179-185. CABI Press, Wallingsford, UK.
  • Choat B, Medek DE, Stuart SA, Pasquet-Kok J, Egerton JJG, Salari H, Sack L and Ball MC. 2011. Xylem traits mediate a trade-off between resistance to freeze/thaw-induced embolism and photosynthetic capacity in overwintering evergreens. New Phytologist, 191:996-1005.
  • Loveys BR, Egerton JJG, Bruhn D and Ball MC. 2010. Disturbance is required for CO2-dependent promotion of woody plant growth in grasslands. Functional Plant Biology, 37: 555-565.
  • Bruhn D, Schortemeyer M, Edwards EJ, Egerton JJG, Hocart CH, Evan JR and Ball MC. 2008. The apparent temperature response of leaf respiration depends on the time-scale of measurements: a study of two cold-climate species. Plant Biology, 10: 185-193.
  • Bruhn D, Egerton JJG, Loveys BR and Ball MC. 2007. Evergreen leaf respiration acclimates to long-term nocturnal warming under field conditions. Global Change Biology, 13: 1216-1223.

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