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Vishnu Prahalad

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Vishnu Prahalad

Lecturer in Physical Geography
Geography, Planning & Spatial Sciences

Room 423 , Geography Building

+61 3 6226 7674 (phone)

+61 3 6226 2989 (fax)

vishnu.prahalad@utas.edu.au

Vishnu Prahalad is a Lecturer in Physical Geography, teaching in the Master of Environmental Management and the new Master of Planning, as well as undergraduate degrees. He has been the Unit Coordinator and Lecturer for KGA514 Planning and Managing for Sustainable Systems and KGA223 Environmental Management since 2010.

Vishnu is a Geographer with varied research interests including saltmarsh and wetland ecology, science communication, community engagement, environmental planning and management, systems thinking, and political economy. His research and teaching focusses on supporting varied organisations and community groups through engagement, and capacity building, to foster sustainable systems of production and consumption. You can see some of his work featured in ABC Gardening Australia and Ockham’s Razor podcast.

Biography

Vishnu has been at the University of Tasmania since 2007. He moved to Tasmania from a career in engineering and information technology based in India. He completed his Masters in Applied Science (Environmental Studies) and PhD studies at the University of Tasmania. Over the past decade, Vishnu has re-developed and delivered the largest post graduate and 2nd year under graduate unit in the KGA (Geography) stream. Apart from teaching part-time, Vishnu has been involved in a number of contract research projects, working with the Australian Government, Natural Resource Management groups, and local community groups. He also does a considerable amount of in-kind work for community groups and organisations that support social and environmental outcomes. Vishnu has set up a not-for-profit enterprise called Living Wetlands with the mission to support wetlands related science communication that connects his research work with community engagement activities. A notable milestone in his research is the publication of the book: A Guide to the Plants of Tasmanian Saltmarsh Wetlands, in 2015.

Career summary

Qualifications

Degree Thesis TitleUniversityCountryAwarded
PhD Saltmarsh Ecology and Management University of Tasmania Australia 02/2019
MAppSc Environmental Studies University of Tasmania Australia 09/2009
BE Electrical and Electronics Bharathiar University India 03/2005

Languages (other than English)

Tamil, Telugu

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Australian Coastal Society (Tasmanian Division)
  • Australian Mangrove and Saltmarsh Network
  • BirdLife Tasmania
  • Ecological Society of Australia
  • International Society for Ecological Economics
  • Nilgiri Wildlife and Environment Association (India)

Administrative expertise

Contracting/Consultancy Services

Vishnu has provided contracting and consultancy services since 2008 in:

  • Wetlands habitat mapping (GIS), classification and inventory development
  • Conservation planning, management and advocacy of wetland ecosystems
  • Developing and facilitating environmental education/science communication, community engagement activities maps (PDF 9.1MB), books, interpretation signs, field activities, media outputs etc.)

Teaching

Teaching responsibility

Unit Coordinator and Lecturer (since 2010)

KGA223 - Environmental Management (Hobart and Launceston)

KGA514 - Planning and Managing for Sustainable Systems (Hobart and distance)

Lecturer (since 2019)

KGA171 - Global Geographies of Change

KGA213 - Natural Environment Field Techniques

Scholarships/Awards

  • Tasmanian Governor’s Environment Scholarship 2009
  • Australian Postgraduate Award, University of Tasmania 2013
  • University of Tasmania Teaching Merit Certificate 2011 and 2019
  • University of Tasmania Dean’s Letters of Commendation for ‘Outstanding’ unit-coordination and teaching in consecutive years (2015-2020)
  • University of Tasmania Executive Dean’s Award for Exceptional Performance by a Higher Degree by Research Graduate 2019

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Expertise

  • Wetlands ecology and restoration (particularly saltmarshes, fish, birds)
  • Coastal and wetlands policy, planning and on-ground management
  • Science communication and community engagement (including citizen science)
  • Application of systems and resilience thinking in environmental management
  • Political ecology, ecological economics and sustainable production consumption systems (with a special interest in food systems & permaculture)
  • Place based local businesses that build social and natural capital

Research Themes

Vishnu's work is primarily aligned with the University of Tasmania's research theme of Environment, Resources and Sustainability. His research focusses on two fronts.

The first front addresses critical aspects of saltmarsh ecology and management, including: mapping, classification, atlassing, biogeography and change detection of vegetation communities; citizen-science monitoring of bird use of saltmarsh; documenting human impacts on saltmarsh through aerial photos and field techniques; restoration of saltmarshes; multi-stakeholder approach to planning and managing for coastal wetlands; neo-liberalism and wetland conservation; community engagement in saltmarsh monitoring and management; and science communication relating to saltmarshes.

The second front addresses, broadly (and nothing short of), the re-design of human settlements (both urban and rural) and production-consumption systems (e.g. food), to take back the economy, re-invent daily life, re-discover social norms of exchange and biophilia.

Collaboration

I work closely with all three regional Natural Resource Management groups in Tasmania on an ongoing basis (e.g. Saltmarsh Conservation and Saltmarsh Monitoring), and have active working networks with a range of other land management and sustainability groups.

My current research collaborations include:

  1. Protection and Repair of Australia's Saltmarshes, with James Cook University
  2. Ecology and Conservation of Shrubby Glasswort (Tecticornia arbuscula), with Queensland Herbarium and University of Queensland
  3. Coastal Saltmarsh Restoration and Monitoring in Pitt Water-Orielton Lagoon and Moulting Lagoon Ramsar Sites, with NRM South
  4. Coastal Saltmarsh Restoration and Monitoring in North-West Tasmania, with Cradle Coast NRM

Fields of Research

  • Environmental management (410404)
  • Natural resource management (410406)
  • Pollution and contamination (410599)
  • Conservation and biodiversity (410401)
  • Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation (410102)
  • Climate change impacts and adaptation (410199)
  • Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology) (310305)
  • Environmental education and extension (410403)
  • Environmental rehabilitation and restoration (410405)
  • Health care administration (420306)
  • Wildlife and habitat management (410407)
  • Land use and environmental planning (330404)
  • Carbon sequestration science (410101)
  • Community ecology (excl. invasive species ecology) (310302)
  • Geography education curriculum and pedagogy (390106)
  • Physical geography and environmental geoscience (370999)
  • Fisheries management (300505)
  • Terrestrial ecology (310308)
  • Business ethics (500102)

Research Objectives

  • Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems (180601)
  • Other environmental management (189999)
  • Environmental education and awareness (190203)
  • Ecosystem adaptation to climate change (190102)
  • Rehabilitation or conservation of coastal or estuarine environments (180206)
  • Environmental policy, legislation and standards (190299)
  • Unpaid work and volunteering (230504)
  • Control of pests, diseases and exotic species in marine environments (180503)
  • Higher education (160102)
  • Climate change mitigation strategies (190301)
  • Effects of climate change on Australia (excl. social impacts) (190504)
  • Environmental ethics (130303)
  • Wild caught prawns (100306)
  • Environmental protection frameworks (incl. economic incentives) (190205)
  • Terrestrial biodiversity (180606)
  • Assessment and management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean ecosystems (180403)
  • Climate change adaptation measures (excl. ecosystem) (190101)
  • Coastal or estuarine biodiversity (180203)
  • Natural hazards (190499)

Publications

Vishnu published a field guide to Tasmanian saltmarsh plants in 2015. Copies of the book are available in Hobart bookshops. Please contact him if unavailable or for overseas and wholesale requests.

Image of the front cover of Tasmanian Saltmarsh Wetlands Image of the back cover of Tasmanian Saltmarsh Wetlands

He has also published three regional atlases of Tasmanian coastal saltmarsh wetlands. These and other selected science communication outputs are available via: Living Wetlands

Total publications

57

Journal Article

(20 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2021Gallagher JB, Prahalad V, Aalders J, 'Inorganic and black carbon hotspots constrain blue carbon mitigation services across tropical seagrass and temperate tidal marshes', Wetlands, 41 Article 65. ISSN 0277-5212 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s13157-021-01460-3 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Gallagher JB; Aalders J

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2021Harrison-Day V, Prahalad V, Kirkpatrick JB, McHenry M, 'A systematic review of methods used to study fish in saltmarsh flats', Marine and Freshwater Research, 72, (2) pp. 149-162. ISSN 1323-1650 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/MF20069 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Harrison-Day V; Kirkpatrick JB; McHenry M

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2020Davidson J, Prahalad V, Harwood A, 'Design precepts for online experiential learning programs to address wicked sustainability problems', Journal of Geography in Higher Education pp. 1-23. ISSN 0309-8265 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/03098265.2020.1849061 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Davidson J; Harwood A

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2020Prahalad V, Kirkpatrick JB, Aalders J, Carver S, Ellison J, et al., 'Conservation ecology of Tasmanian coastal saltmarshes, southeast Australia - a review', Pacific Conservation Biology, 26, (2) pp. 105-129. ISSN 1038-2097 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/PC19016 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Kirkpatrick JB; Aalders J; Carver S; Ellison J; Harrison-Day V; McQuillan P; Morrison B; Richardson A; Woehler E

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2019Aalders J, McQuillan P, Prahalad V, 'Vegetation communities and edaphic relationships along a typical coastal saltmarsh to woodland gradient in eastern Tasmania', Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 153 pp. 61-74. ISSN 0080-4703 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Aalders J; McQuillan P

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2019Creighton C, Prahalad VN, McLeod I, Sheaves M, Taylor MD, et al., 'Prospects for seascape repair: Three case studies from eastern Australia', Ecological Management and Restoration, 20, (3) pp. 182-191. ISSN 1442-7001 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/emr.12384 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5

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2019Prahalad V, Harrison-Day V, McQuillan P, Creighton C, 'Expanding fish productivity in Tasmanian saltmarsh wetlands through tidal re-connection and habitat repair', Marine and Freshwater Research, 70, (1) pp. 140-151. ISSN 1323-1650 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/MF17154 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Harrison-Day V; McQuillan P

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2019Prahalad V, Kirkpatrick JB, 'Saltmarsh conservation through inventory, biogeographic analysis and predictions of change: case of Tasmania, south-eastern Australia', Aquatic Conservation, 29, (5) pp. 717-731. ISSN 1099-0755 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/aqc.3085 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Kirkpatrick JB

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2019Prahalad V, Whitehead J, Latinovic A, Kirkpatrick JB, 'The creation and conservation effectiveness of State-wide wetlands and waterways and coastal refugia planning overlays for Tasmania, Australia', Land Use Policy, 81 pp. 502-512. ISSN 0264-8377 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2018.11.009 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Latinovic A; Kirkpatrick JB

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2018Dykman M, Prahalad V, 'Tamar Saltmarsh Monitoring Program: citizen science monitoring of the tidal treasures of the Tamar River estuary, Tasmania, Australia', Australian Journal of Maritime & Ocean Affairs, 10, (4) pp. 222-240. ISSN 1836-6503 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/18366503.2018.1502030 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2

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2018Prahalad V, 'Living the good life: core values, system design and functional resilience', Solutions, 9, (1) pp. 1-11. ISSN 2154-0926 (2018) [Non Refereed Article]

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2018Prahalad V, Harrison-Day V, Latinovic A, Kirkpatrick J, 'Inventory and monitoring of the vascular plants of Tasmanian saltmarsh wetlands', Tasmanian Naturalist, 140 pp. 52-81. ISSN 0819-6826 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Harrison-Day V; Latinovic A; Kirkpatrick J

2017Boon PI, Prahalad V, 'Ecologists, economics and politics: problems and contradictions in applying neoliberal ideology to nature conservation in Australia', Pacific Conservation Biology, 23, (2) pp. 115-132. ISSN 1038-2097 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/PC16035 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6

Co-authors: Boon PI

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2017Prahalad V, 'Conservation Education and Outreach Techniques (2nd Edition) Susan K. Jacobson, Mallory D. McDuff and Martha C. Monroe. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 2015, xvi + 428 pp. ISBN: 9780198567714. Price USD$64.95 (paperback)', Ecological Management and Restoration, 18, (2) pp. E5-E6. ISSN 1442-7001 (2017) [Letter or Note in Journal]

DOI: 10.1111/emr.12251 [eCite] [Details]

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2015Prahalad V, 'Book review: Tidal Marsh Restoration. A Synthesis of Science and Management', Ecological Management and Restoration, 16, (2) pp. e16-e17. ISSN 1442-7001 (2015) [Letter or Note in Journal]

DOI: 10.1111/emr.12164 [eCite] [Details]

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2015Prahalad V, Sharples C, Kirkpatrick J, Mount R, 'Is wind-wave fetch exposure related to soft shoreline change in swell-sheltered situations with low terrestrial sediment input?', Journal of Coastal Conservation, 19, (1) pp. 23-33. ISSN 1400-0350 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11852-014-0352-x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 8

Co-authors: Sharples C; Kirkpatrick J; Mount R

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2015Prahalad V, Woehler E, Latinovic A, McQuillan P, 'Inventory and monitoring of the birds of Tasmanian saltmarsh wetlands', Tasmanian Bird Report, 37 pp. 39-52. ISSN 0156-4935 (2015) [Non Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Latinovic A; McQuillan P

2014Prahalad VN, 'Human impacts and saltmarsh loss in the Circular Head coast, north-west Tasmania, 1952-2006: implications for management', Pacific Conservation Biology, 20, (3) pp. 272-285. ISSN 1038-2097 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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2011Prahalad V, Kirkpatrick JB, Mount RE, 'Tasmanian coastal saltmarsh community transitions associated with climate change and relative sea level rise 1975-2009', Australian Journal of Botany, 59, (8) pp. 741-748. ISSN 0067-1924 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/BT11206 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 19Web of Science - 18

Co-authors: Kirkpatrick JB; Mount RE

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2010Prahalad VN, Kriwoken LK, 'Implementation of the Ramsar Convention on wetlands in Tasmania, Australia', Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy, 13, (3) pp. 205-239. ISSN 1388-0292 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/13880292.2010.486697 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9

Co-authors: Kriwoken LK

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Book

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2014Prahalad V, 'A Guide to the Plants of Tasmanian Saltmarsh Wetlands', PML Limited, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 45. ISBN 978-1-86295-787-9 (2014) [Authored Other Book]

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Conference Publication

(6 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Shannon EA, Haward M, Pecl G, Woehler E, Cawthen LM, et al., 'UTAS CARES: Partnerships for education and the environment', 15th World Congress on Public Health, 3-7 April, 2017, Melbourne, Australia (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Shannon EA; Woehler E; Cawthen LM

2016Shannon EA, Haward MG, Pecl GT, Woehler E, Cawthen L, et al., 'Improving environmental and public health: UTAS CARES Collaboration', EHA 41st National Conference Conference, 31 October - 3 November, 2016, Hobart, Tasmania (2016) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Shannon EA; Haward MG; Pecl GT; Woehler E; Leach D; Warr Pedersen K

2010Mount RE, Prahalad V, Tilden J, 'Coastal foreshore natural assets: their value and predicament', Coast to Coast 2010 Program Handbook and Abstracts, 20 - 24 September 2010, Adelaide, SA, pp. 72. (2010) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Mount RE; Tilden J

2010Prahalad V, Sharples C, 'Sea level rise effects: Where? When? How? Forsooth?', School of Geography & Environmental Studies Conference Abstracts 2010, 28 June 2010, Sandy Bay (2010) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Sharples C

2010Whitehead J, Coughanowr C, Agius J, Mount RE, Prahalad V, et al., 'Climate Change influences on the Derwent Estuary, Southern Tasmania', Coast to Coast 2010 Program Handbook and Abstracts, 20 - 24 September 2010, Adelaide, SA, pp. 72. (2010) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Mount RE

2009Prahalad V, 'Long term temporal changes in south east Tasmanian saltmarshes', School of Geography and Environmental Studies Conference Program 2009, July 2009, Hobart, pp. 9-10. (2009) [Conference Extract]

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Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(18 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2020Prahalad V, Aalders JG, 'Marchwiel Marsh, Marion Bay: Management Report', Nightingale Pictures, Hobart, Tasmania, May 2020 (2020) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Aalders JG

2017Creighton C, Walshe T, McLeod I, Prahalad V, Sheaves M, et al., 'Repairing and conserving Australia's saltmarshes and seascapes', University of Tasmania, Australia, 17/12 (2017) [Contract Report]

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2016Prahalad V, 'Coastal Saltmarsh Wetland Asset Mapping: Technical Report', Cradle Coast NRM, Burnie, Tasmania (2016) [Contract Report]

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2016Prahalad V, 'Atlas Of Coastal Saltmarsh Wetlands In The Cradle Coast Region Of Tasmania', Cradle Coast NRM, Australia (2016) [Contract Report]

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2016Prahalad V, 'Clifton Saltmarshes, Pipe Clay Lagoon: baseline condition assessment and management recommendations', Australia (2016) [Consultants Report]

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2014Prahalad V, 'Mapping and inventory of NRM North coastal saltmarshes', Natural Resource Management Northern Tasmania, Australia (2014) [Contract Report]

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2014Prahalad V, 'Community based monitoring of NRM North coastal saltmarshes', Natural Resource Management Northern Tasmania, Australia (2014) [Contract Report]

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2014Prahalad V, Helman M, 'Atlas of coastal saltmarsh wetlands in Northern Tasmania', Natural Resource Management Northern Tasmania, Australia (2014) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Helman M

2013Prahalad V, Jones J, 'Mapping coastal saltmarshes in Southern Tasmania', Natural Resource Management South, Australia (2013) [Contract Report]

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2013Prahalad V, Pearson J, 'Southern Tasmanian coastal saltmarsh futures: a preliminary strategic assessment', Natural Resource Management South (2013) [Contract Report]

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2012Prahalad V, 'Vegetation Community Mapping and Baseline Condition Assessment of the Lauderdale Race Course Flats Saltmarsh, Derwent Estuary', Derwent Estuary Program (2012) [Contract Report]

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2012Prahalad V, 'Richmond Park Saltmarsh Site Preliminary Baseline Condition Assessment and Interim Management Recommendations', NRM South (2012) [Contract Report]

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2012Prahalad V, Mount RE, 'Preliminary Vegetation Mapping of the Dromedary Marshes, Derwent Estuary', Derwent Estuary Program (2012) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Mount RE

2010Mount RE, Prahalad V, '2nd National Intertidal Subtidal Benthic Habitat Classification Scheme Workshop Report', Australian Government Department of Climate Change (2010) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Mount RE

2010Mount RE, Prahalad V, Sharples C, Tilden J, Morrison BVR, et al., 'Circular Head Region Coastal Foreshore Habitats: Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment', Cradle Coast NRM & Cradle Coast Authority, Final (2010) [Consultants Report]

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Co-authors: Mount RE; Sharples C; Tilden J; Morrison BVR; Lacey MJ; Ellison JC; Helman MP; Newton JB

2010Tilden J, Mount RE, Prahalad V, 'Vulnerability of coastal habitat of the Circular Head region to seal level rise: Communication Plan', Cradle Coast Natural Resource Management, 1 (2010) [Consultants Report]

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Co-authors: Tilden J; Mount RE

2009Auricht C, Prahalad NV, Mount RE, 'Design Guidelines for HCVAE Sites: Discussion Paper Version 0.3', HCVAE, draft (2009) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Mount RE

2009Prahalad V, Lacey MJ, Mount RE, 'The Future of the Derwent Estuary Saltmarshes and Tidal Freshwater Wetlands in Response to Sea Level Rise', Derwent Estuary Program & Natural Resource Management South (2009) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Lacey MJ; Mount RE

Thesis

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2010Prahalad Vishnu, 'Temporal Changes in South-East Tasmanian Saltmarshes' (2010) [Masters Coursework]

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2009Prahalad V, 'Temporal changes in south east Tasmanian saltmarshes' (2009) [Masters Research]

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Other Public Output

(10 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2020Visby I, Prahalad V, 'Planning for the future: Derwent Estuary Saltmarsh Baseline Monitoring and Management', The Derwent Estuary Program (DEP), Tasmania, pp. 1-67. (2020) [Report Other]

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2017Cresswell I, Prahalad V, 'Hobart conference to focus on marshes and mangroves (Everything you wanted to know about swamps and were afraid to ask)', Breakfast with Ryk Goddard, ABC Local Radio 936, Hobart, Tasmania, 20 March 2017 (2017) [Media Interview]

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2017Prahalad V, 'Talking Point: Coast lovers usually ignore the riches behind our beaches', The Mercury, Newscorp Australia, Hobart, Tasmania, 25 March 2017 (2017) [Newspaper Article]

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2016Prahalad V, 'Talking Point: Leaving Tassie's floodplains to nature can be better than walls, levees', The Mercury, Newscorp Australia, Hobart, Tasmania, 25 November 2016 (2016) [Newspaper Article]

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2016Prahalad V, 'Wetlands - Nature's flood absorber', Breakfast with Ryk Goddard, ABC Local Radio 936, Hobart, Tasmania, June 2016 (2016) [Media Interview]

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2016Prahalad V, 'Saltmarsh Atlas maps the wetlands of the Cradle Coast', The Advocate, Farirfax Regional Media, Tasmania, 17 JUne 2016 (2016) [Media Interview]

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2016Woehler E, Prahalad V, 'Bird app enabling Tasmanians to become citizen scientists', The World Today, ABC Radio National, Australia, 29 January 2016 (2016) [Media Interview]

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Co-authors: Woehler E

2012Prahalad V, 'World Wetlands Day prompts reflection', World Wetlands Day prompts reflection, ABC Rural, Tasmanian Country Hour, Tasmania (2012) [Media Interview]

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2012Prahalad V, 'Fears over wetland development threat', Fears over wetland development threat, ABC News, February 2nd (2012) [Media Interview]

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2009Mount RE, Auricht C, Prahalad NV, Scheltinga D, 'Australian National Aquatic Ecosystem Classification Scheme Version 0.8b', Australian National Aquatic Ecosystem Classification Scheme Version 0.8b, HCVAE, Hobart, 1, 1 (2009) [Report of Restricted Access]

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Co-authors: Mount RE

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

9

Total funding

$229,931

Projects

Monitoring of Coastal Saltmarsh Recovery at Circular Head (2020 - 2023)$12,000
Description
Cradle Coast NRM has received a grant from the Australian Government to control and eradicate rice grass (Spartina anglica) from the Duck and Rubicon rivers of north-west Tasmania. As part of this project, Cradle Coast NRM has engaged the services of UTAS to aid in the planning and monitoring of this eradication project over its 4-year timeframe (2020-2023). This project fits builds on past datasets developed together by UTAS and Cradle Coast NRM and supports current PhD research investigating the effects of rice grass on fish usage.
Funding
Cradle Coast NRM ($12,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Prahalad V
Period
2020 - 2023
Moulting Lagoon Saltmarsh Restoration (2020 - 2023)$25,800
Description
NRM South has received a grant from the Australian Government to restore and rehabilitate coastal saltmarsh at Moulting Lagoon Ramsar Site, east coast of Tasmania. As part of this project, NRM South has engaged the services of UTAS to aid in the planning and monitoring of this restoration project over its 4-year timeframe (2020-2023). This project builds on past work between UTAS and NRM South in coastal saltmarsh conservation and supports place-based research investigating restoration in practice.
Funding
Southern Regional Natural Resource Management Association Inc ($25,800)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Prahalad V
Period
2020 - 2023
Marchwiel Marsh: Community Saltmarsh Monitoring and Management (2019)$4,095
Description
Marion Bay Coastcare group have been undertaking baseline monitoring of the biological values of the Marchweil Marsh with the assistance of University of Tasmania (through V. Prahalad). This project is aimed at investigating opportunities and consequences of restoring the natural function and ecosystem services of this large area of saltmarsh (about 100 ha). Through this funding, we seek to develop a management plan that documents key baseline information and explores opportunities to enhance the ecosystem health and function of this important natural system.
Funding
Marion Bay Coastcare Incorporated ($4,095)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Prahalad V; Kirkpatrick JB
Year
2019
Fish use of Tasmanian coastal saltmarsh and the socio-economic implications of saltmarsh conservation (2019 - 2020)$12,675
Description
Saltmarsh wetlands are increasingly being recognised for their roles in providing nursery habitats and trophic transfer for fish and fisheries. There is an important need to extend our understanding of these functional relationships in novel spatial-temporal contexts such as in Tasmania, where studies could potentially positively affect community perceptions and enable policy changes favouring saltmarsh conservation.
Funding
Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment ($12,675)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Prahalad V; Harrison-Day VM; Kirkpatrick JB
Period
2019 - 2020
Fish use of Tasmanian coastal saltmarshes as a case for saltmarsh repair (2016)$10,000
Description
Fish use of Tasmanian saltmarshes has never been studied. Enhanced knowledge of fish use of saltmarsh can be a proxy for likely marine biodiversity productivity benefits resulting from saltmarsh repair. Knowledge of fish use will also help us understand the marine biodiversity food chain better. With this enhanced knowledge a case can be made for saltmarsh repair opportunities in Tasmania and elsewhere.
Funding
James Cook University ($10,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Prahalad V
Year
2016
Coastal Saltmarsh Wetland Asset Mapping (in the Cradle Coast region) (2015 - 2016)$24,344
Funding
Cradle Coast NRM ($24,344)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Kirkpatrick JB; Prahalad V
Period
2015 - 2016
Steps to saltmarsh conservation in Northern Tasmania (2014)$55,332
Description
The project aims to increase understanding of temperate saltmarsh communities in Northern Tasmania, for planning and management, and to enable community-based monitoring of Tasmanian saltmarshes through the provision of monitoring and information materials.
Funding
The Northern Tasmanian Natural Resource Management Assoc Inc. ($55,332)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Prahalad V
Year
2014
Mapping and levee building and saltmarsh loss in far northwest Tasmania (2013)$2,685
Funding
Cradle Coast Authority ($2,685)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Prahalad V
Year
2013
Robbins Passage - Boullanger Bay Habitat Vulnerability Assessment (2009)$83,000
Funding
Cradle Coast NRM ($83,000)
Scheme
Consultancy
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Mount RE; Sharples C; Ellison JC; Prahalad V
Year
2009

Research Supervision

Vishnu is currently co-supervising two PhD students working on saltmarsh and fisheries ecology, and public perceptions of non-native species in urban environments. He has also supervised six Masters students and a Honours student. He is inviting potential students interested in researching any topic related to coastal saltmarsh ecology and restoration (see Prahalad et al., 2020 for a review of potential projects), sustainable food production-consumption systems, and the political ecology of conservation and sustainability (e.g. Boon and Prahalad, 2017). Some potential topics of current interest are:

  • Saltmarsh/seascape restoration: This project will use historical aerial imagery to map areas of saltmarsh loss, drivers of loss and potential areas for restoration (e.g. Prahalad, 2014). In addition, this project can examine policy pathways for enabling restoration, such as with local planning schemes (e.g. Prahalad et al., 2019), outreach activities (e.g. interp signs, walks, citizen science), and Green New Deal/Job Guarantee type programs (e.g. Creighton, Prahalad et al., 2019).
  • Saltmarsh and fisheries: Students can join our existing team/project that aims to generate the first State-wide inventory and baseline data of fish utilisation of Tasmanian saltmarsh, including the exotic Spartina sp. and native graminoid dominated variants. This database will include important information about the role saltmarsh plays in the life stages and population dynamics of commercially and recreationally valued species (e.g. Western Australian Salmon). The findings from this project will provide the quantitative basis, directions and imperative for instituting a State-wide program of saltmarsh repair, using fish as a proxy for broader ecosystem services, especially in areas where restrictions to tidal flow has diminished saltmarsh extent and function (e.g. Prahalad et al., 2018).
  • Remote sensing of wetland biomass and structure: This project (co-supervised with Spatial Sciences staff) will use remote sensing methods to gather information on saltmarsh plant structure to estimate its above ground biomass. Structure related information will also be useful for providing baseline data to monitor restoration efforts.
  • Saltmarsh avian ecology and conservation: This project (co-supervised with Birldife Tasmania) will examine how birds use coastal saltmarsh and conservation implications for avifauna (e.g. Prahalad et al., 2015). Also, a related project can focus on the ecological control of mosquito populations in coastal saltmarsh by welcome swallows.
  • Sustainable food production-consumption systems: Assessing the barriers and opportunities for urban (and backyard) food systems and permaculture in Tasmania.

Current

2

Completed

1

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDSocio-Economic Implications of Saltmarsh Conservation2019
PhDUnderstanding the Socioecological Drivers of Public Perceptions of Species Non-Nativeness in the Context of Novel Urban Ecosystem Services and Disservices2019

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDA Biogeography of Tasmanian Coastal Saltmarshes
Candidate: John Gerard Aalders
2019