UWS scientist wins international award


Date: 07/09/2009

A University of Western Sydney researcher has won a major international award in Bangkok for his work into the sustainable use and management of Australia's natural ecosystems.

Associate Professor Ian Anderson, from the School of Natural Sciences and Centre for Plants and the Environment, was the only Australian to win an award at the ProSPER.Net-Scopus Young Scientist awards ceremony.

The awards are designed to recognise excellence by younger researchers from the Asia Pacific in three categories; Agriculture and Natural Resources, Business, and Engineering and Technology.

"It was certainly an honour to hear my name called out at the awards ceremony as the winner of the Agricultural and Science Category," says the 34 year old Blue Mountains resident.

Dr Anderson has developed ground breaking molecular biological techniques to study the ecology of soil fungi, and he is currently investigating how forest soil fungi are responding to soil stresses and climate change.

He is also looking at the role of fungi in soil carbon storage, with the aim of improving the accuracy of carbon accounting in Australian forests.

"I'm thrilled that my scientific achievements have been recognised in this way," he says.

Dr Anderson has published more than 50 scientific journal articles which have been extensively cited by his peers.

He has also received the NSW Office for Science and Medical Research Life Sciences Research Award, and a 2008 NSW/ACT Young Tall Poppy Science Award.

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