Professor Stephen Tyerman (BSc Hons, PhD, FAA) is a leading scientist in the field of plant physiology. He was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2003. He has won many awards for his research, including, in 2007, the prestigious Australian Research Council Professorial Fellowship. He has researched nutrition, salinity and water relations in plants for some 25 years and published in journals such as Nature, Science and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
In 2001 Steve was appointed to the Wine Industry Chair of Viticulture at The University of Adelaide. Since then he has led research on vine and berry water relations and vine drought tolerance. He teaches in all levels of viticulture education in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine at The University of Adelaide. Climate change impacts and adaptation in viticulture are drivers for his research, and he is currently the program leader in Water for Primary Industries Research Network within the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility.