Arid aquatic refugia
This freshwater ecology project asks, ‘are waterholes within the Flinders Ranges an important refugia for aquatic micro invertebrates’?
How might these be impacted by a changing climate?
Study freshwater ecology
Professor Justin Brookes leads a research group that conducts research in two main areas: water quality for human consumptions and water for the environment.
Change to land-use and modified hydrology has changed nutrient loading and biodiversity in aquatic ecosystems, including estuaries, lakes, rivers and wetlands. We study how plant and animal physiology; populations and community assemblages respond to changes in flow and biogeochemistry.
We are particularly interested in productivity and the transfer of material from one trophic level to another.
We conduct a lot of research in partnership with the water industry. This is particularly focussed on cyanobacteria and water quality in drinking water reservoirs.
How do we feed the world’s growing population? How do we save our wildlife from extinction? Got an idea that will build a brighter, greener world?
Australian high school students are invited to submit a short video about one of Australia’s big science challenges.