Research Staff - Climate Futures

Research Staff - Climate Futures



Professor Lesley Hughes is an ecologist in the Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University and an expert on the impacts of climate change on species and ecosystems. She is the co-convenor of the Terrestrial Biodiversity Adaptation Research Network, Chair of the Tasmanian Climate Action Council and a member of Climate Scientists Australia and the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists.

Professor Hughes was also a member of the Expert Advisory Group on Climate Change and Biodiversity for the Australian Greenhouse Office and the Department of Climate Change, and a lead author for the UN’s IPCC Fourth and Fifth Assessment Reports.

Associate Professor Linda Corkery is Program Director for Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Built Environment, University of New South Wales. Her teaching and research focuses on
planning and design of urban parklands and open space, sustainable urban landscape design and “green infrastructure”, and design of the public domain, particularly for areas of increasing urban density with an emphasis on the needs of children and young people . Linda is a Registered Landscape Architect and a Director of Corkery Consulting P/L. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects and an International Member of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Dr Dong Chen is a Principal Research Scientist in the Urban Systems Program of CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences. Dong’s research interests are in the physical and numerical modelling in building thermal performance, climate change impact and adaptation. He is currently leading the research in residential building energy efficiency, urban heat island and green infrastructure for climate adaptation in the program.
John Siemon is the Project Manager for PlantBank, a new science, conservation and training facility of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, Sydney under construction at the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan.  John has a background in horticultural research, plant breeding and terrestrial orchids.  John manages scientific projects and facilities including the Royal Botanic Gardens Tissue Culture Laboratory.
  Guido joined the GBCA in 2012 as a Technical Coordinator. In this role, he supports the Green Star Development team in developing and maintaining the Green Star rating tools. Prior to his role at the GBCA, Guido worked in local government as an environmental technical officer. In this role, he was involved in projects related to sustainable transport, reducing energy and water use, sustainable energy generation and strategy development. Guido has a Bachelor of Engineering (Industrial Design) from Rotterdam University in the Netherlands as well as a Masters degree in Sustainable Development at the University of New South Wales.

  Suzanne Dunford is a Principal Policy Officer in the Impacts and Adaptation team at the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, and has been working in climate change field in a range of communications, program and policy development roles since 1998. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Organisational Communication from Charles Sturt University and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Sydney. She is a member of the City of Sydney’s Technical Advisory Panel for green roofs and walls.

Mingzhu Wang is a PhD student in Environment and Geography at Macquarie University. She is currently doing a research on environmental impacts of urban forests, using remote sensing technologies (LiDAR and Hyperspectral Imagery), being supervised by Dr Marco Amati. Her research is part of a broader project to gain understand of the carbon and pollution mitigation potential of Australia’s urban forest which is funded by the Nursery and Garden Industry and Horticulture Australia. 


Mr. Li Xiaofeng, is a PhD candidate in graduate school of Environment, Macquarie University with a background of Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) engineering. His research experience has involved the development of new HVAC terminals, indoor thermal comfort and numerical modelling of building performance.

At present, as green building become one of the key approaches to address the climate change issue, Mr Li put his focus on the research of evaluating the green technologies. By adopting a lifecycle approaches, he hopes to find out a balance point between the high cost and eco-friendly performance of the green technology.

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