Variation in human land-use practices and the forces of climate variability greatly affect natural ecosystems.
In particular, the degradation and loss of wetlands and waterways (including lakes, rivers, marshes, and shallow coastal regions) across the globe is more rapid than other ecosystems, and consequently the status of freshwater and coastal species in these environments is deteriorating faster too.
Mid-latitude arid and semi-arid regions such as southern Australia are considered especially sensitive to projected climate changes and new methods are required to sustainably manage them into the future.
We conduct research to understand how water resources, water quality and ecological values of our wetlands and waterways are impacted by humans and changes to climate regimes.
This research involves process studies in biogeochemistry and ecology, and setting up 'ecological observatories' to understand how aquatic systems respond to change over a range of time scales.
This includes strategic data collection and real-time monitoring of sites, and application of novel environmental modelling approaches.