Projects

A window into some of the projects I lead or contribute to.

Riparian LiDAR change assessment and river mapping

Riparian LiDAR change assessment and river mapping

This project is mapping river banks, the channel and riparian vegetation in GIS from aerial LiDAR data collected by Victoria's Department of Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).

LiDAR stands for Light Detection and Ranging. An aircraft mounted laser scans the landscape measuring the distance to the ground. Vegetation cover and structure is captured in the laser reflections that are above the ground.

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Monitoring and Research (Flow-MER) Project

Monitoring and Research (Flow-MER) Project

Flow-MER is the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office (CEWO) on-ground monitoring, evaluation and research program. The CEWO works in partnership with scientists across the Murray-Darling Basin to help understand how fish, birds, vegetation and river connectivity are responding to environmental watering.

 

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CEWO Long-Term Intervention Monitoring (LTIM) Project

CEWO Long-Term Intervention Monitoring (LTIM) Project

LTIM examines the contribution of Commonwealth environmental water to the environmental objectives of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, while assisting the CEWO to demonstrate environmental outcomes and adaptively manage the water holdings.

I lead the Ecosystem Diversity evaluation for the Basin-scale evaluation team and manage the data collected by the project for the CEWO.

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Carp Biomass Estimate and Population Model

Carp Biomass Estimate and Population Model

Teaming up with the Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research and state fisheries scientists I provided spatial mapping and habitat area estimates to model the biomass of carp and carp population dynamics.

These two modelling projects contributed to the National Carp Control Plan's assessment of feasibility of using Cyprinid herpesvirus 3 as a biological control agent for introduced common carp in Australia.

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The Australian National Aquatic Ecosystems (ANAE) classification of the Murray-Darling Basin

The Australian National Aquatic Ecosystems (ANAE) classification of the Murray-Darling Basin

The Australian National Aquatic Ecosystem (ANAE) classification of the Murray-Darling Basin was developed to provide consistent cross-jurisdictional support for adaptive management of aquatic ecosystems with specific relevance to the management of Commonwealth environmental water.

The ANAE classification integrates the best available mapping data combined with simple rules to define ecosystem types using a small number of relevant attributes (e.g. water regime, water source, salinity, landform and dominant vegetation).

 

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Environmental Water Contribution to Ecosystem Functions and Resilience in the Wimmera River

Environmental Water Contribution to Ecosystem Functions and Resilience in the Wimmera River

Environmental water releases in the Wimmera River have helped “hold the line” against dry conditions by topping up pool levels, reducing salinity, and improving water clarity.  This has allowed proliferation of submerged and emergent macrophytes that increase habitat values for fish, macroinvertebrates and waterbirds.

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