While millions of dollars are being spent worldwide restoring aquatic ecosystems much of this work lacks a strong scientific foundation. This research theme draws on the information gathered through our other areas of research and integrates our environmental knowledge with social, cultural and economic values.
By examining ecosystem-based multiple-use scenarios we are able to perform risk analyses and prioritise planning and management actions.
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Hot PhD Topics
Below are listed are number of potential PhD topics. If you are interested find out more about joining our team.
- Reconstructing a 1000 year record of flood frequency in South-East Queensland using optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating of alluvial flood deposits and palaeostage indicators
- A 1000 yr record of rainfall for the SE Queensland region using proxy data
- Modelling landscape responses to extreme events: field and numerical assessment of the Lockyer valley floods
- Resilience in coastal ecosystems
- Movement and feeding ecology of the esturay sting ray (Dasyatis fluviorum)
- Sea Level Rise at a local scale: Will the saltwater mosquitoes survive?
- Sea Level Rise in a Large Subtropical Estuary
Related projectsThe following is a collection of our current and recent projects within this theme:
- Healthy Country Project
- Developing methods to characterise nutrient transport
- Sources of sediment delivered to Moreton Bay and the Brisbane River floodplain during the January 2011 floods
- Characterising spatial sources of sediment and channel erosion in selected catchments
- Identifying erosion processes and sources in the Burdekin Catchment
- Climate change responses and adaptation pathways in Australian coastal ecosystems
- The impacts of climate change on Australian tourism destinations: developing adaptation and response strategies
- Systematic planning beyond conservation: a multi-objective, multi action framework for sustainable biodiversity
- Biodiversity patterns, conservation planning and resilience of freshwater fauna