- Tropical plant ecophysiology
- The impact of temperature on plant functional traits
- Phosphorus in the soil plant continuum
- Stable isotopes as recorders of plant physiological processes
- 2013 to 2016 - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, James Cook University (Australia)
- 2010 to 2013 - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Smithsonian Tropical research Institute (Panama)
- 2006 to 2010 - PhD Soil and Water Science, University of Florida (USA)
- 2001 to 2004 - BA Plant Science, Cambridge University (UK)
- Research Disciplines
Alexander Cheesman completed his B.A. in Plant Sciences from Cambridge University (Pembroke College) in 2004 before taking a job as a field assistant on Barro Colorado Island, a research site of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama. It was here that he developed an attachment to tropical systems which continues to today. In 2010 he completed a PhD in Soil and Water Science at the University of Florida, USA. Much of the field work for which was carried out in the remote wetlands of Panama with his supervisor, Dr Benjamin Turner. This led to a 2 year post-doctoral research fellowship at STRI with Dr Klaus Winter, a position funded jointly by the Smithsonian Institute Global Earth Observatory (SIGEO) and Center for Tropical Forest Studies (CTFS), now called CTFS-ForestGEO, with the objective of researching the effects of increasing temperature upon tree physiology in the tropics. From June 2013 he took up a post-doctoral research fellowship at James Cook University (JCU) working with Dr Lucas Cernusak.
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- Other research outputs
- Apgaua D, Tng D, Cernusak L, Cheesman A, Santos R, Edwards W and Laurance S (in press) Plant functional groups within a tropical forest exhibit different wood functional anatomy. Functional Ecology,
- Cernusak L, Barbour M, Arndt S, Cheesman A, English N, Feild T, Helliker B, Holloway-Phillips M, Holtum J, Kahmen A, McInerney F, Munksgaard N, Simonin K, Song X, Stuart-Williams H, West J and Farquhar G (2016) Stable isotopes in leaf water of terrestrial plants. Plant, Cell & Environment, 39 (5). pp. 1087-1102
- Holloway-Phillips M, Cernusak L, Barbour M, Song X, Cheesman A, Munksgaard N, Stuart-Williams H and Farquhar G (2016) Leaf vein fraction influences the Péclet effect and ¹⁸O enrichment in leaf water. Plant, Cell & Environment, 39 (11). pp. 2414-2427
- Cheesman A, Turner B and Reddy K (2014) Forms of organic phosphorus in wetland soils. Biogeosciences, 11. pp. 6697-6710
- Munksgaard N, Cheesman A, Wurster C, Cernusak L and Bird M (2014) Microwave extraction–isotope ratio infrared spectroscopy (ME-IRIS): a novel technique for rapid extraction and in-line analysis of δ18O and δ2H values of water in plants, soils and insects. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 28 (20). pp. 2151-2161
- Cheesman A and Winter K (2013) Growth response and acclimation of CO2 exchange characteristics to elevated temperatures in tropical tree seedlings. Journal of Experimental Botany, 64 (12). pp. 3817-3828
- Cheesman A and Winter K (2013) Elevated night-time temperatures increase growth in seedlings of two tropical pioneer tree species. New Phytologist, 197 (4). pp. 1185-1192
- Krause G, Cheesman A, Winter K, Krause B and Virgo A (2013) Thermal tolerance, net CO2 exchange and growth of a tropical tree species, Ficus insipida, cultivated at elevated daytime and nighttime temperatures. Journal of Plant Physiology, 170 (9). pp. 822-827
- Wright E, Black C, Cheesman A, Turner B and Söjgersten S (2013) Impact of simulated changes in water table depth on ex situ decomposition of leaf litter from a neotropical peatland. Wetlands , 33 (2). pp. 217-226
- Cheesman A, Turner B and Reddy K (2012) Soil phosphorus forms along a strong nutrient gradient in a tropical ombrotrophic wetland. Soil Science Society of America Journal, 76 (4). pp. 1496-1506
- Hamdan R, El-Rifai H, Cheesman A, Turner B, Reddy K and Cooper W (2012) Linking phosphorus sequestration to carbon humification in wetland soils by P-31 and C-13 NMR spectroscopy. Environmental Science and Technology, 46 (9). pp. 4775-4782
- Turner B, Cheesman A, Godage H, Riley A and Potter B (2012) Determination of neo- and D-chiro-inositol hexakisphosphate in soils by solution P-31 NMR spectroscopy. Environmental Science and Technology, 46 (9). pp. 4994-5002
ResearchOnline@JCU stores 17+ research outputs authored by Dr Alex Cheesman from 2010 onwards.
- Current Funding
Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.
Wet Tropics Management Authority - Student Research Grant Scheme
Oxygen isotope (?18O) composition of leaves and wood in rainforest plants grown under varying environmental conditions
- Indicative Funding
- This project aims to identify environmental factors (such as varying altitudes, humidity, temperature, rainfall and carbon dioxide concentrations) that change the stable oxygen isotopic ratio within the wood and leaves of rainforest plants. This will be done through analysis of samples collected from wet tropics forests, and from grown plants in controlled greenhouses (with varying temperatures and CO2 levels). The results will help to explain how plants have responded to past environmental changes, and to infer how they will respond to future changes. This will assist in the development environmental management practices of the wet tropics bioregion.
- Kristal Kinnane, Lucas Cernusak and Alex Cheesman (College of Science & Engineering)
- ?18O ? Stable oxygen isotope ratio; Environmental variation; Climate change; Wet tropics bioregion; Stem and leaf variation
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- Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)