Dr William Salter

BSc Edin PhD Sydney
Postdoctoral Fellow
School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Member of Sydney Institute of Agriculture

C44 - Plant Breeding Inst - Admin. & Labs A1 Camden
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

William (Tam) Salter has a bachelor degree in Ecological Science (Hons) from the University of Edinburgh. He worked as a research assistant at the James Hutton Institute for a year before completing a PhD entitled “Growing in Australia – plant strategies to survive intense solar radiation and soils lacking in phosphorus” under the supervision of Professor Mark Adams and Dr Tarryn Turnbull at the University of Sydney (2016). Tam currently holds a postdoctoral research position with Dr Tom Buckley and Dr Andrew Merchant in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences and the Sydney Institute of Agriculture

Research interests

Tam is a plant ecophysiologist interested in identifying phenotypic traits that could be useful for future food security and ecosystem resilience under climate change. He has worked with native Australian plants as well as important crop species, and has investigated responses of these plants to a number of environmental stresses (notably high light stress and nutrient deficiencies).

Tam’s current research topics include:

  • Developing novel high-throughput plant gas exchange instruments.
  • Maximizing whole plant photosynthetic capacity of wheat by optimizing canopy resource distribution.

Teaching and supervision

Tam has taught on a number of courses at the University of Sydney, including:

  • Shaping Our Landscapes (AGEN1001)
  • Sustaining Our Landscapes (AGEN1002)
  • Plant Systems Biology (AGEN2005)
  • Climate Change: Process, History, Issues (AFNR5801)
  • Concepts In Biology (BIOL1001)

Tam has also assisted in the supervision of honours and visiting masters students in the Adams lab.

Themes

Plant biology and production; Ecology and Evolution

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Salter, W., Turnbull, T., Rennenberg, H., Adams, M. (2017). Solar UV upregulates photoprotection but slows photosynthesis in subalpine Australian plants. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research: an interdisciplinary journal, 49(4), 673-685. [More Information]
  • Fenton, B., Salter, W., Malloch, G., Begg, G., Anderson, E. (2015). Stopped in its tracks: How lambda-cyhalothrin can break the aphid transmission of a potato potyvirus. Pest Management Science, 71(12), 1611-1616. [More Information]

2017

  • Salter, W., Turnbull, T., Rennenberg, H., Adams, M. (2017). Solar UV upregulates photoprotection but slows photosynthesis in subalpine Australian plants. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research: an interdisciplinary journal, 49(4), 673-685. [More Information]

2015

  • Fenton, B., Salter, W., Malloch, G., Begg, G., Anderson, E. (2015). Stopped in its tracks: How lambda-cyhalothrin can break the aphid transmission of a potato potyvirus. Pest Management Science, 71(12), 1611-1616. [More Information]

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