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Higher degree projects

Thai Uyen Chi Le: Causal modelling for socio-economic-ecological outcomes of various flow regimes in the Murray-Darling Basin River Basin, Australia

This proposed study intends to utilize causal modelling as a novel tool to model the causal effects of various water regimes on a river ecosystem, and explore how such a model could be used to establish reasonable ecological targets and sustainable diversion limits, taking into account existing economic and socioeconomic models in the Murray-Darling River Basin.

Georgia Dwyer: The nutritional ecology of two-spined blackfish (Gadopsis bispinosus) and the river blackfish (G. marmoratus)

This research is important because it will address fundamental issues in nutritional ecology and because it will shed a light on the role of dietary adjustment to the health and survival of native Australian freshwater fishes. The latter should assist ecosystem managers to sustain Two-spined and River blackfish populations.

Simon Mom: Investigate the effect of body size variation at the species level on resistance to various drought-induced stressors

Southern Australia is expected to experience more severe and more frequent droughts in the future. At present there is little understanding as to how the animals that live in wetlands will respond to such changes; especially, as some changes are likely to be too rapid to allow for evolutionary adaption.

Adrian Clements: Ecological response to water regime of the aquatic vegetation in Lake Brewster, NSW

This project will investigate the ecological response of aquatic vegetation to water regime at Lake Brewster, NSW.

Ann-Marie Rohlfs: The influence of river regulation on dissolved organic carbon in the Upper Snowy River

This project examines the influence of river regulation on dissolved organic carbon (DOC) quantity, quality, supply patterns and biological uptake in the Snowy River below Jindabyne Dam. This study will improve our understanding of the potential contribution of tributaries to the recovery of regulated rivers through supplying DOC.