Project Description

 As a researcher, I focus on the intersections between fluvial geomorphology, hydrology and freshwater ecology. My scientific training began in the upland catchments of the Yarra Ranges, Victoria, studying how fluvial geomorphology could limit stream fauna reproduction. This led to my lifelong love of remote fieldwork, and scientific interest in learning how the physical environment limits the numbers and diversity of organisms across space and time. This study showed that downstream fining of bedload grain size could limit the numbers of large, partially submerged rocks. This habitat is a crucial reproductive resource for many stream fauna, and my study showed a decrease in both habitat density and egg supply along the river’s longitudinal profile.