Dr Henrik WahrenDr Henrik Wahren is a research scientist in the Department of Agricultural Sciences, La Trobe University. He has a passion for cold climate ecosystems and has worked in the Rocky Mountains of the U.S.A., the Arctic tundra of Alaska and the Australian Alps. His main research interests include ecosystem dynamics, and the influence of fire and climate change on alpine landscapes. His PhD research was on long-term vegetation dynamics, including the influence of domestic cattle grazing on the Bogong High Plains, in the Victorian high country.

In 2003, on returning to Australia after two-years of post-doctoral research on the effects of climate change on the Arctic tundra of Alaska, he and colleagues set up a similar project on the Bogong High Plains. This project became part of the International Tundra Experiment (ITEX) that, since 2003, has expanded to include a range of interrelated studies, from genetics and plant fitness to the effects of fire and climate warming on soil nutrient dynamics (for more information visit, here & here). Henrik is currently researching the effects of the 2003 fires on alpine grassland and heathland communities, and at sites where snow-patches occur, how the vegetation and soils have been changing, particularly in response to recent changes in climate.

Contact Henrik by email at c.wahren@latrobe.edu.au.