DR Claire Farrell

DR Claire Farrell


  • Green roofs (Plant selection, green roof substrates, stormwater runoff)
  • Plant drought tolerance (Australian plants, green roofs)



  • Claire is a Lecturer in Green Infrastructure, based at the Burnley Campus of The University of Melbourne. Her main research interest involves using plants to make cities more liveable.

    Claire’s current research is on using green roofs for stormwater mitigation and improving biodiversity in Australian cities. As green roofs are difficult places for plant to survive, much of her research has focused on the drought tolerance and water use strategies of native Australian plants, including granite outcrop vegetation. Recently her research involves using natural ecosystems as mimics to design optimal green roofs. This includes investigating the role plant diversity has on the stormwater and cooling benefits of green roofs. Other research interests include improving water and nutrient retention of green roof substrates and the potential use of vegetables in rain gardens.



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Education and training

  • PhD, The University of Western Australia 2008
  • BSc(Hon), The University of Queensland 2001
  • BSc(hons), The University of Queensland 2001



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am available for supervision for PhD, Masters research and honours projects in Green Infrastructure including green roofs, green facades and biofilters. I am particularly interested in projects which focus on plant selection and substrate design to optimise the performance and benefits of green infrastructure.  

    PhD supervision:
    Joerg Werdin (2015-)
    Pengzhen Du (2015-)
    Zheng Zhang (2014-)

    MPhil supervision:
    Gert Hoy Talbo (2015-)
    Paul Richards (2011-2013)

    Honours supervision:
    Julianna Rozek (2013)
    Pru Hucker (2011)
    Xing Ang (2010)