Head of Discipline Chemistry

I trained as a Chemist at the University of Otago, Monash University and the University of Adelaide, obtaining a PhD in synthetic organometallic chemistry  in 1989. Following postdoctoral fellowships in France at the Institut  Francais du Petrole, Paris and the Laboratoire de Chimie Quantique/CNRS, Strasbourg I returned to New Zealand to run the NMR Facility at Auckland University. From there I headed back to Australia, working for a short while with a synthetic organic chemistry group at Central Queensland University.

I  commenced as an academic in the Discipline of Chemistry at James Cook University (Cairns campus) in July 1996 and was the first member of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Molecular Science on Campus.

My research interests are broadly in environmental science.  I have worked in the Rainforest CRC, the MTSRF program and was the Australian SuperSites Network lead in TERN from 2008 - 2018.  My specific focus in the rainforest is on atmospheric fluxes and the use of sensors for monitoring biodiversity.  In addition I work on peptide toxins with scientists in the AITHM.

  • CH1001: Chemistry: A Central Science (Level 1; CNS & TSV)
  • CH1020: Preparatory Chemistry (Level 1; CNS & TSV)
  • CH2043: Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Analysis (Level 2; TSV)
  • CH3041: Environmental Chemistry (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • CH3403: Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Analysis (Level 3; TSV)
  • CH5041: Environmental Chemistry (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • PC1103: Pharmaceutical Chemistry 1 (Level 1; CNS & TSV)
  • PC2203: Pharmaceutical Chemistry 2 (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • atmospheric fluxes
  • carbon cycling in tropical rainforests
  • peptide toxins
  • 1996 to 2022 - Associate Professor, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 1995 to 1996 - Research Associate, Central Queensland University (Rockhampton)
  • 1991 to 1995 - Director NMR Facility, Auckland University (Auckland, New Zealand)
  • 1990 to 1991 - Postdoctoral Fellow, Laboratoire de Chimie Quantique (Strasbourg, France)
  • 1989 to 1990 - Postdoctoral Fellow, Institut Francais du Petrole (Paris, France)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives

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Journal Articles
  • Beringer J, Moore C, Cleverly J, Campbell D, Cleugh H, De Kauwe M, Kirschbaum M, Griebel A, Grover S, Huete A, Hutley L, Laubach J, Van Niel T, Arndt S, Bennett A, Cernusak L, Eamus D, Ewenz C, Goodrich J, Jiang M, Hinko-Najera N, Isaac P, Hobeichi S, Knauer J, Koerber G, Liddell M, Ma X, Macfarlane C, McHugh I, Medlyn B, Meyer W, Norton A, Owens J, Pitman A, Pendall E, Prober S, Ray R, Restrepo-Coupe N, Rifai S, Rowlings D, Schipper L, Silberstein R, Teckentrup L, Thompson S, Ukkola A, Wall A, Wang Y, Wardlaw T and Woodgate W (2022) Bridge to the future: important lessons from 20 years of ecosystem observations made by the OzFlux network. Global Change Biology, 28 (11). pp. 3489-3514
  • Binks O, Cernusak L, Liddell M, Bradford M, Coughlin I, Carle H, Bryant C, Dunn E, Oliveira R, Mencuccini M and Meir P (2022) Forest system hydraulic conductance: partitioning tree and soil components. New Phytologist, 233 (4). pp. 1667-1681
  • Bennett A, Arndt S, Bennett L, Knauer J, Beringer J, Griebel A, Hinko-Najera N, Liddell M, Metzen D, Pendall E, Silberstein R, Wardlaw T, Woodgate W and Haverd V (2021) Thermal optima of gross primary productivity are closely aligned with mean air temperatures across Australian wooded ecosystems. Global Change Biology, 27 (19). pp. 4727-4744
  • Migliavacca M, Musavi T, Mahecha M, Nelson J, Knauer J, Baldocchi D, Perez-Priego O, Christiansen R, Peters J, Anderson K, Bahn M, Black T, Blanken P, Bonal D, Buchmann N, Caldararu S, Carrara A, Carvalhais N, Cescatti A, Chen J, Cleverly J, Cremonese E, Desai A, El-Madany T, Farella M, Fernández-Martínez M, Filippa G, Forkel M, Galvagno M, Gomarasca U, Gough C, Göckede M, Ibrom A, Ikawa H, Janssens I, Jung M, Kattge J, Keenan T, Knohl A, Kobayashi H, Kraemer G, Law B, Liddell M, Ma X, Mammarella I, Martini D, Macfarlane C, Matteucci G, Montagnani L, Pabon-Moreno D, Panigada C, Papale D, Pendall E, Penuelas J, Phillips R, Reich P, Rossini M, Rotenberg E, Scott R, Stahl C, Weber U, Wohlfahrt G, Wolf S, Wright I, Yakir D, Zaehle S and Reichstein M (2021) The three major axes of terrestrial ecosystem function. Nature, 598. pp. 468-472
  • Pivovaroff A, McDowell N, Rodrigues T, Brodribb T, Cernusak L, Choat B, Grossiord C, Ishida Y, Jardine K, Laurance S, Leff R, Li W, Liddell M, Mackay D, Pacheco H, Peters J, de J. Sampaio Filho I, Souza D, Wang W, Zhang P and Chambers J (2021) Stability of tropical forest tree carbon-water relations in a rainfall exclusion treatment through shifts in effective water uptake depth. Global Change Biology, 27. pp. 6454-6466
  • Zhu L, Bloomfield K, Asao S, Tjoelker M, Egerton J, Hayes L, Weerasinghe L, Creek D, Griffin K, Hurry V, Liddell M, Meir P, Turnbull M and Atkin O (2021) Acclimation of leaf respiration temperature responses across thermally contrasting biomes. New Phytologist, 229 (3). pp. 1312-1325
  • Arun D, Adikari Mudiyanselage D, Gulam Mohamed R, Liddell M, Monsur Hassan N and Sharma D (2020) Does the addition of zinc oxide nanoparticles improve the antibacterial properties of direct dental composite resins? A systematic review. Materials, 14 (1).
  • Housley D, Pinyon J, Jonquieres G, Perera C, Smout M, Liddell M, Jennings E, Wilson D and Housley G (2020) Australian scorpion Hormurus waigiensis venom fractions show broad bioactivity through modulation of bio-impedance and cytosolic calcium. Biomolecules, 10 (4).
  • Lin H, Tu C, Fang J, Gioli B, Loubet B, Gruening C, Zhou G, Beringer J, Huang J, Dusek J, Liddell M, Buysse P, Shi P, Song Q, Han S, Magliulo V, Li Y and Grace J (2020) Forests buffer thermal fluctuation better than non-forests. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 288-289.
  • O. Vogado N, Liddell M, Laurance S, Campbell M, Cheesman A, Engert J, Palma A, Ishida F and Cernusak L (2020) The effects of an experimental drought on the ecophysiology and fruiting phenology of a tropical rainforest palm. Journal of Plant Ecology, 13 (6). pp. 744-753
  • Pastorello G, Trotta C, Canfora E, Chu H, Christianson D, Cheah Y, Poindexter C, Chen J, Elbashandy A, Humphrey M, Isaac P, Polidori D, Reichstein M, Ribeca A, van Ingen C, Vuichard N, Zhang L, Amiro B, Ammann C, Arain M, Ardö J, Arkebauer T, Arndt S, Arriga N, Aubinet M, Aurela M, Baldocchi D, Barr A, Beamesderfer E, Marchesini L, Bergeron O, Beringer J, Bernhofer C, Berveiller D, Billesbach D, Black T, Blanken P, Bohrer G, Boike J, Bolstad P, Bonal D, Bonnefond J, Bowling D, Bracho R, Brodeur J, Brümmer C, Buchmann N, Burban B, Burns S, Buysse P, Cale P, Cavagna M, Cellier P, Chen S, Chini I, Christensen T, Cleverly J, Collalti A, Consalvo C, Cook B, Cook D, Coursolle C, Cremonese E, Curtis P, D’Andrea E, da Rocha H, Dai X, Davis K, Cinti B, Grandcourt A, Ligne A, De Oliveira R, Delpierre N, Desai A, Di Bella C, Tommasi P, Dolman H, Domingo F, Dong G, Dore S, Duce P, Dufrêne E, Dunn A, Dušek J, Eamus D, Eichelmann U, ElKhidir H, Eugster W, Ewenz C, Ewers B, Famulari D, Fares S, Feigenwinter I, Feitz A, Fensholt R, Filippa G, Fischer M, Frank J, Galvagno M, Gharun M, Gianelle D, Gielen B, Gioli B, Gitelson A, Goded I, Goeckede M, Goldstein A, Gough C, Goulden M, Graf A, Griebel A, Gruening C, Grünwald T, Hammerle A, Han S, Han X, Hansen B, Hanson C, Hatakka J, He Y, Hehn M, Heinesch B, Hinko-Najera N, Hörtnagl L, Hutley L, Ibrom A, Ikawa H, Jackowicz-Korczynski M, Janouš D, Jans W, Jassal R, Jiang S, Kato T, Khomik M, Klatt J, Knohl A, Knox S, Kobayashi H, Koerber G, Kolle O, Kosugi Y, Kotani A, Kowalski A, Kruijt B, Kurbatova J, Kutsch W, Kwon H, Launiainen S, Laurila T, Law B, Leuning R, Li Y, Liddell M, Limousin J, Lion M, Liska A, Lohila A, López-Ballesteros A, López-Blanco E, Loubet B, Loustau D, Lucas-Moffat A, Lüers J, Ma S, Macfarlane C, Magliulo V, Maier R, Mammarella I, Manca G, Marcolla B, Margolis H, Marras S, Massman W, Mastepanov M, Matamala R, Matthes J, Mazzenga F, McCaughey H, McHugh I, McMillan A, Merbold L, Meyer W, Meyers T, Miller S, Minerbi S, Moderow U, Monson R, Montagnani L, Moore C, Moors E, Moreaux V, Moureaux C, Munger J, Nakai T, Neirynck J, Nesic Z, Nicolini G, Noormets A, Northwood M, Nosetto M, Nouvellon Y, Novick K, Oechel W, Olesen J, Ourcival J, Papuga S, Parmentier F, Paul-Limoges E, Pavelka M, Peichl M, Pendall E, Phillips R, Pilegaard K, Pirk N, Posse G, Powell T, Prasse H, Prober S, Rambal S, Rannik Ü, Raz-Yaseef N, Rebmann C, Reed D, Dios V, Restrepo-Coupe N, Reverter B, Roland M, Sabbatini S, Sachs T, Saleska S, Sánchez-Cañete E, Sanchez-Mejia Z, Schmid H, Schmidt M, Schneider K, Schrader F, Schroder I, Scott R, Sedlák P, Serrano-Ortíz P, Shao C, Shi P, Shironya I, Siebicke L, Šigut L, Silberstein R, Sirca C, Spano D, Steinbrecher R, Stevens R, Sturtevant C, Suyker A, Tagesson T, Takanashi S, Tang Y, Tapper N, Thom J, Tomassucci M, Tuovinen J, Urbanski S, Valentini R, van der Molen M, van Gorsel E, van Huissteden K, Varlagin A, Verfaillie J, Vesala T, Vincke C, Vitale D, Vygodskaya N, Walker J, Walter-Shea E, Wang H, Weber R, Westermann S, Wille C, Wofsy S, Wohlfahrt G, Wolf S, Woodgate W, Li Y, Zampedri R, Zhang J, Zhou G, Zona D, Agarwal D, Biraud S, Torn M and Papale D (2020) The FLUXNET2015 dataset and the ONEFlux processing pipeline for eddy covariance data. Scientific Data, 7.
  • Bloomfield K, Prentice I, Cernusak L, Eamus D, Medlyn B, Rumman R, Wright I, Boer M, Cale P, Cleverly J, Egerton J, Ellsworth D, Evans B, Hayes L, Hutchinson M, Liddell M, Macfarlane C, Meyer W, Togashi H, Wardlaw T, Zhu L and Atkin O (2019) The validity of optimal leaf traits modelled on environmental conditions. New Phytologist, 221 (3). pp. 1409-1423

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 44+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Michael Liddell from 2004 onwards.

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Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources - National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS)

Ozflux FNQ tropical rainforest site

Indicative Funding
$480,132 over 10 years (administered by University of Queensland)
As part of the Australian National Flux Network (Ozflux) the FNQ tropical rainforest site will be required to provide half-hourly average time series of a range of data streams including fluxes of carbon, water and energy. The data will be sent to a central console in Canberra where it will be quality assessed and archived. The processed data will be used by the ACEAS Ecological Monitoring and Synthesis centre in Brisbane after the appropriate data access conditions have been met and post-publication by the original authors.
Michael Liddell (College of Science & Engineering)
Fluxes; Rainforest; Ozflux

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Structure and Function of Novel Peptides from Cone Snail Venom (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • The effect of soil physico-chemical characteristics on the severity of Fusarium wilt of bananas (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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