Dr Matthew Brookhouse

Senior Lecturer
Fenner School of Environment & Society

I completed a BSc(Forestry) Hons. at ANU in 1997 and returned to the ANU in 2003 after six years designing and implementing growth and yield studies, and forest inventory protocols in Victoria's commercial native forests.

After receiving my PhD (2008) and two postdoctoral research projects focussed the use of forest structural complexity for landscape planning and dendrochronological reconstrcution of river flow in Victoria, I accepted a position as Lecturer in Ecological Modelling and Measurement at the Fenner School of Environment and Society. In 2012 I commenced a dual appointment between the Research School of Biology (Farquhar lab) and Fenner School and undertook research aimed at understanding water use in regenerating mountain ash forests and [CO2] responsiveness in commercial forest species.

In 2018 I was permanently appointed as a Senior Lecturer in the Fenner School. I currently teach first-year research methods, with a specific focus upon helping students make the important connection between the theory of inferential statistics and their application. I am continuing to explore the genotype-by-[CO2] interactions in eucalypt species and have ongoing dendrochronological, and silvicultural research interests. I am also leading collaborative research efforts focussed on understanding wood-borer induced dieback of snow-gum woodland in the Australian Alps.

Research interests

  • Plant physiology
  • Sub-alpine ecology
  • Dendrochronology
  • e[CO2] responsiveness
  • Stable isotopes


  • Brookhouse, M, Bush, D, Ivkovich, M et al. 2022, 'Early-growth results within a Eucalyptus globulus breeding population suggest limited scope for selection focused on CO2 responsiveness', Tree Genetics and Genomes, vol. 18, no. 2.
  • Allen, K, Stewart, S, Tozer, C et al. 2022, 'Reconstructing seasonal fire danger in southeastern Australia using tree rings', International Journal of Wildland Fire, vol. 31, no. 6, pp. 559-571pp.
  • Leggate, W, Shirmohammadi , M, McGavin , R et al. 2021, 'Examination of Wood Adhesive Bonds via MicroCT: The Influence of Pre-Gluing Surface Machining Treatments for Southern Pine, Spotted Gum, and Darwin', BioResources, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 5058-5082.
  • Hnatiuk, S, Rayner, I, Brookhouse, M et al 2020, Survival of native seedlings planted by volunteers: The Lower Cotter, ACT case study.
  • Allen, K, Freund, M, Palmer, J et al. 2020, 'Hydroclimate extremes in a north Australian drought reconstruction asymmetrically linked with Central Pacific Sea surface temperatures', Global and Planetary Change, vol. 195, no. December 2020.
  • Brookhouse, M, Ives, S, Dredge, P et al. 2020, 'Mapping Henry: Dendrochronological Analysis of a Sixteenth-Century Panel Painting Based Upon Synchrotron-Sourced X-ray Fluorescence Mapping', Studies in Conservation.
  • Shimono, H, Farquhar, G, Brookhouse, M et al 2019, 'Prescreening in large populations as a tool for identifying elevated CO2-responsive genotypes in plants', Functional Plant Biology, vol. 46, no. 1, pp. 1-14.
  • Allen, K, Brookhouse, M, French, B et al 2019, 'Two climate-sensitive tree-ring chronologies from Arnhem Land, monsoonal Australia', Austral Ecology, vol. 41, no. 1, pp. 113-125.
  • Brookhouse, M & Graham, R 2016, 'Application of the Minimum Blue-Intensity Technique to A Southern-Hemisphere Conifer', Tree-Ring Research, vol. 72, no. 2, pp. 103-107.
  • Goldin, S & Brookhouse, M 2015, 'Effects of coarse woody debris on understorey plants in a temperate Australian woodland', Applied Vegetation Science, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 134-142.
  • Paredes-Villanueva, K, López, L, Brookhouse, M & Navarro Cerrillo, RM 2015, 'Rainfall and temperature variability in Bolivia derived from the tree-ring width of Amburana cearensis (Fr. Allem.) A.C. Smith', Dendrochronologia, vol. 35, pp. 80-86.
  • Brookhouse, M, Farquhar, G & Roderick, M 2013, 'The impact of bushfires on water yield from south-east Australia's ash forests', Water Resources Research, vol. 49, no. 7, pp. 4493-4505.
  • Mills, K, Gell, P, Gergis, J, Baker, PJ, Finlayson, CM, Hesse, PP, Jones, R, Hershaw, P, Pearson, S, Treble, PC, Barr, C, Brookhouse, M, Drysdale, R, McDonald, J, Haberle, S, Reid, M, Thoms, M & Tibby, J., 2013, 'Paleoclimate studies and natural-resource management in the Murray-Darling Basin II: unravelling human impacts and climate variability', Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, vol. 60, no. 5, pp. 561-571.
  • McDougall, K, Brookhouse, M & Broome, L 2012, 'Dendroclimatological investigation of mainland Australia's only alpine conifer, Podocarpus lawrencei Hook.f', Dendrochronologia, vol. 30, no. 1, pp. 1-9.
  • Berry, S, Keith, H, Mackey, B, Brookhouse, M & Johnson, J, 2010, Green Carbon: The role of natural forests in carbon storage, Part 2. Biomass carbon stocks in the Great Western Woodlands, ANU ePress, Canberra Australia.
  • Gell, P, Gergis, J, Mills, K et al. 2009, Palaeoclimate Studies Relevant to Natural Resource Management in the Murray-Darling Basin.
  • Brookhouse, M, Brack, C & McElhinny, C 2010, 'The distance to structural complement (DiSCo) approach for expressing forest structure described by Aerial Photograph Interpretation data sets', Forest Ecology and Management, vol. 260, no. 7, pp. 1230-1240.
  • Gibbons, P, Briggs, S, Murphy, D, Lindenmayer, DB, McElhinny, C & Brookhouse, M, 2010, 'Benchmark stem densities for forests and woodlands in south-eastern Australia under conditions of relatively little modification by humans since European settlement', Forest Ecology and Management, vol. 260, pp. 2125-2133.
  • Brookhouse, M & Bi, H 2009, 'Elevation-dependent climate sensitivity in Eucalyptus pauciflora Sieb. ex Spreng', Trees (Structure and Function), vol. 23, pp. 1309-1320.
  • Brack, C, Waterworth, R, McElhinny, C, Brookhouse, M, 2009, 'One Measure of Quality and Disturbance can be used to Improve Estimates of Almost Anything', IUFRO Division 4.01 Conference, International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), Australia, p. 1.
  • Brookhouse, M, Lindesay, J & Brack, C 2008, 'The Potential of Tree Rings in Eucalyptus pauciflora for Climatological and Hydrological Reconstruction', Geographical Research, vol. 46, no. 4, pp. 421-434.
  • Brookhouse, M & Brack, C 2008, 'The effect of age and sample position on eucalypt tree-ring width series', Canadian Journal of Forest Research, vol. 38, pp. 1144-1158.
  • Brookhouse, M & Brack, C 2006, 'Crossdating and analysis of eucalypt tree rings exhibiting terminal and reverse latewood', Trees (Structure and Function), vol. 20, no. 6, pp. 767-781.
  • Brookhouse, M 2006, 'Eucalypt dendrochronology: past, present and potential', Australian Journal of Botany, vol. 54, pp. 435-449.