Professor Simon Haberle is Director of the School of Culture, History and Language and is a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage at The Australian National University.

Professor Haberle is a palaeoecologist and palynologist working on reconstructions of past environmental change spanning the last 120,000 years to provide a greater understanding of the role of climate, fire and people in long-term ecosystem dynamics in Australia and the Indo-Pacific.

He coordinates the Canberra Pollen Monitoring program, which provides daily pollen counts to the Canberra public as a citizen science project to help reduce suffering from hay fever and allergic rhinitis related disease. He is currently developing key online resources for palaeoecology including the Australasian Pollen and Spore Atlas ( and the Indo-Pacific Palaeoecological Database.

Fields of expertise



The trees that make you sneeze

Sniffles, sneezes and scratchy eyes … hay fever season is coming!  So it’s a good time to clear…


Climate change means unpredictable hay fever seasons

If hay fever had you sniffling your way through the spring and summer months, there’s good news and…


Signs of ecosystem collapse in significant PNG wetland

A new study by researchers from The Australian National University (ANU) has identified warning signs of ecosystem collapse…

29 September 2021


Clear signs of another bumper pollen season in Canberra

Extreme levels of pollen from cypress pine trees in the Canberra region this week are a clear sign…

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