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Personal profile

Monash teaching commitment

I teach in several courses on plant science, global change and plant ecology and supervise honours, masters and PhD students.

I coordinate and am principle lecturer in the undergraduate core plant science unit BIO2030 (Food Security in a changing world) and the Masters of Food and Agribusiness unit FSA5070 (Future Food Supply and Security).

I led the Faculty core undergraduate science units at Monash on scientific practice and communication science (SCI2010 and SCI2015) from 2005-2019.

I am a pioneer in the use of new technology in higher education and publish in that field. I also teach postgraduate courses on science communication and also publish on the importance of science communication. 

As part of my public outreach, I give public lectures on the impact of rising carbon dioxide on food security and the invasive tree  Pittosporum undulatum.

Research interests

My research is on the effect of climate change on food security with a focus on plants that make cyanide as a herbivore defence, examining the issues from the molecular through to the ecosystem, and even global scales. Current projects are on the effect of CO2, temperature and salinity on growth and allocation of resources in sorghum, cassava, taro and cycads. I have an on-ongoing interest arising from my early research on invasive Pittosporum undulatum

Community service

Positions of national and international significance include

President, Global Plant Council

Board member, Eucalypt Australia 

Organising Committee for  International Plant Molecular Biology, Cairns, 2021

Organising committee member, ComBio2020, Melbourne

Public Policy and Communication Committee, Royal Society of Victoria

Past President, Australian Society of Plant Scientists

Past member, Australian Academy of Science National Committees for Plants and Animals, and Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

Society of Experimental Biology 

University positions include:

Coordinator of the Plant Science area of study

Deputy Director of the Agtech LaunchPad

Monash Immersive Visualisation Platform (MIVP) Research Advisory Panel member

Faculty of Science Board of Studies

Masters of Food Science and Agribusiness, Oversight and Coursework Management Committee

Faculty of Science Overseas Studies Program Panel



External positions

President, Australian Society of Plant Scientists


Research Fellow, The University of Melbourne


Research Assistant, The University of Melbourne


Research area keywords

  • Agriculture/Food Sciences
  • Climate Change
  • Plant Physiology
  • Secondary Metabolism
  • Plant-Animal Interactions
  • Cyanogenesis
  • Ecophysiology
  • Cassava
  • Sorghum
  • Plant Metabolism
  • Science Communication
  • Higher Education

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Projects 2007 2020

Research Output 1981 2019

Overdosing with apricot kernels – seriously?

Beckmann, K. M. & Gleadow, R., 1 Feb 2019, In : Australasian Psychiatry. 27, 1, p. 92-93 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetterOtherpeer-review

The role of spore size in the global pattern of co-occurrence among Selaginella species

Margaroni, S., Petersen, K. B., Gleadow, R. & Burd, M., 1 Jan 2019, In : Journal of Biogeography. 46, 4, p. 807-815 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Two Chloroflexi classes independently evolved the ability to persist on atmospheric hydrogen and carbon monoxide

Islam, Z. F., Cordero, P. R., Feng, J., Chen, Y-J., Bay, S. K., Jirapanjawat, T., Gleadow, R. M., Carere, C. C., Sttot, M., Chiri, E. & Greening, C. A., 1 Jul 2019, In : ISME Journal. 13, 7, p. 1801-1813 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

A comparison of photoautotrophic, heterotrophic, and mixotrophic growth for biomass production by the green alga Scenedesmus sp. (Chlorophyceae)

Kamalanathan, M., Chaisutyakorn, P., Gleadow, R. & Beardall, J., 15 Mar 2018, In : Phycologia. 57, 3, p. 309-317 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Counting the costs: Nitrogen partitioning in Sorghum mutants

Blomstedt, C. K., Rosati, V. C., Moller, B. L. & Gleadow, R., 1 Jan 2018, In : Functional Plant Biology. 45, 7, p. 705-718 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Activities 1997 2019

Regional Forest Agreement Scientific Advisory Panel, Member

Roslyn Gleadow (Fellow)
Jan 2019Mar 2019

Activity: External Academic EngagementCommittees and working groups

B.K. Dahl Trust (Eucalypt Australia) (External organisation)

Roslyn Gleadow (Member)

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsMembership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board


Roslyn Gleadow (Organiser)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course

President-elect Global Plant Council

Roslyn Gleadow (Fellow)

Activity: External Academic EngagementProfessional association or peak discipline body

Agriculture (Journal)

Roslyn Gleadow (Editorial board member)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

Press / Media

How African scientists are improving cassava to help feed the world

Roslyn Gleadow


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Lasers search for cyanide in food plants

Roslyn Gleadow


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Article/Feature

The poisoned plate of climate change

Roslyn Gleadow


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Article/Feature