|Applied Marine Ecology|
|Aquatic Species Ecology|
|Food Webs and Invertebrates Community Dynamics|
|Invasive Species (Wetlands)|
|Platypus Conservation Initiative|
|River Red Gum Dynamics and Management|
|Wetland Ecology and Stable Isotopes|
|Invasive Species (Terrestrial)|
|Spatial Analyses and GIS|
|Vegetation Survey and Mapping|
Role: PhD Candidate
Phone: +61 2 9385 2066
Office: Room 456, D26 Building, UNSW, Kensington 2052
My research examines the likely effects of climate change on aquatic invertebrate communities in intermittent rivers. Intermittent rivers, or rivers that periodically cease to flow, are the prevalent river type in Australia and occur across many climatic regions. It was assumed for many years that intermittent rivers have low biodiversity value, however intermittent rivers can support a diverse range of taxa, with aquatic invertebrates pivotal in the 'boom and bust' ecology of these systems. We know little however about the tolerance of aquatic invertebrates to extended drying, the strategies they use, and limits to survival.
Physiological and behavioral strategies to survive drying are being investigated in this project, across different climate types or biomes. These refugial strategies include persistence in pools, aestivation in dry sediment and aerial dispersal.
This project examines the likely effects of climate change on aquatic invertebrate communities, particularly the role of climate refugia in dryland catchments. I am investigating the roles of variable temperature and flow regimes on fine-scale spatial and temporal patterns of biodiversity. Future work will include laboratory based experimental investigation of invertebrate traits that infer resilience to climate change, including thermal tolerance and dispersal ability. This study is part of a wider ARC linkage project comprising innovative approaches to identifying regional responses of biodiversity to climate change. Building on strong collaborations with industry, the project will generate recommendations for management of refugia in arid-zone river systems.
Tel: +61 2 9385 8296 | email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Address: Room 508, Building D26, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of NSW
Authorised by Professor Richard Kingsford, Director | CRICOS Provider Code 00098G | ABN 57 195 873 179