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Director of Research, Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University

Ben Smith is an ecologist and ecosystem modeller interested in the role of population and community processes in the structural and functional dynamics of the world’s major ecosystem types, or biomes. He has developed widely-used tools for exploring responses of vegetation and ecosystems to drivers such as climate change, rising CO2 concentrations and land use. He is interested in the role of the biosphere in regional and global climate dynamics, using Earth system models to examine biogeochemical and biophysical feedbacks of ecosystem change to the atmosphere. Ben is a professor and Director of Research at the Hawkesbury Institute of the Environment, a research institute of Western Sydney University, Australia.


  • –present
    Director of Research, Western Sydney University