Our research spans dilute, pristine waters through to naturally saline shallow lakes. Tasmania also has its share of impacted systems (heavy metals, human-induced salinity, introduced species).
Our interests range from innovative, basic investigations into how habitat structure affects interactions between species through to strongly applied research about the impacts of human activities on the biodiversity and ecosystem functioning streams, rivers, lakes and wetlands; from population and community ecology through to ecosystem processes and services in inland waters (rivers, streams, lakes and wetlands).
Recent projects have involved modelling the behaviour of shallow lakes, investigating the impact of forest harvesting on small headwater streams, the conservation biology of endemic native fish, and the role of habitat structure in mediating interactions between benthic organisms. We have active links with Freshwater Systems Pty Ltd, the Department of Primary Industry and Water, the Inland Fisheries Service of Tasmania, the Forest Practices Authority of Tasmania, and Hydro Tasmania. The list of potential projects is just the tip of the iceberg; contact any of the following to discuss your interests.
We currently collaborate with the following organisations which may provide additional scholarship and research opportunities:
Contact Leon Barmuta
Authorised by the Head of School, Biological Sciences
15 December, 2014