Distinguished Professor; Head of Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University

Michelle is a Distinguished Professor and Head of Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University. She is a plant ecologist with research interests in urban greening and climate change impacts and adaptation. She is also a Board member of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, and a Board member of Bush Heritage Australia. 

Presentation: Urban green spaces provide a range of services from temperature moderation to flood mitigation, habitat for biodiversity and improvements to human health.  However, in cities globally, urban green spaces are increasingly threatened by over-development and climate change. In order to ensure the resilience of urban forests of the future, it is critically important that plant species are selected that will thrive under future climates. The ‘Which Plant Where’ project is a five-year project that is testing horticultural species for their ability to withstand extreme heat and drought, investigating new horticultural opportunities, and will deliver a plant selection tool that will enable selection of the right plant for the right urban space under future climates.