Satisfying the growing human demand for water without degrading aquatic ecosystems is a major challenge for society. This research program assists water resource managers balance the competing needs of society and the protection of ecosystems.
The research is characterised by field experiments, the development of flow-ecology and whole-of-catchment models as well as the optimisation and prioritisation of management actions, including:
- catchment and riparian rehabilitation,
- in-stream habitat improvements, and
- the delivery of environmental flows.
PhD Hot 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
- Spatially Targeted Restoration Efforts to Improve Ecosystem Health in Southeast Queensland
- Contribution of C4 plants to aquatic food webs
- Does human alteration of aquatic ecosystems limit the transfer of high quality food to animals?
- Importance of floodplain and estuarine subsidies for growth and reproduction of riverine fish species
- The Effect of Riparian Vegetation on Channel Bank Stability and Sediment and Nutrient Processing.
The following is a collection of our current and recent projects within this theme:
- Ecological responses to altered flow regimes
- Determining sustainable environmental flow requirements and resulting challenges for water management and governance
- River Health and Environmental Flows in China
- Spatial scale of influence of riparian and catchment land use on stream ecosystem health
- Developing methods to characterise nutrient transport
- Sources of sediment delivered to Moreton Bay and the Brisbane River floodplain during the January 2011 floods
- Identifying erosion processes and sources in the Burdekin Catchment
- Biodiversity patterns, conservation planning and resilience of freshwater fauna
- Ecohydrological regionalisation of Australia: a tool for management and science
- Water regime dependence of fish in the wet-dry tropics.