ILWS - Charles Sturt University
ILWS - Charles Sturt University

ILWS Postgraduates

ILWS PhD scholarship recipients

Currently the Institute has  9 PhD students who are the recipients of ILWS scholarships. 

2017

Harry Moore, a Distance Education student,is supervised by Dr Dale Nimmo, Professor David Watson, Dr Euan Richie (Deakin University), Dr Leonie Valentine (UWA) and Dr Judy Dunlop (Department of Parks and Wildlife,WA.) His research work is focussing on the Northern Quolls in the Pilbara region of WA. The project has received funding from the Department of Parks and Wildlife, and a Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment.  This project is aligned with the Biodiversity Conservation research theme.

Michael Vanderzee, supervised by Professor Max Finlayson, Dr Jennifer Bond, and Associate Professor Dr Jamie Pittock (ANU), is looking at the socio-ecological impacts of water reform in the Murray-Darling Basin. This project is aligned with the Environmental Water research theme.

2016

Matt O'Connell, a CSU honours graduate with 20 years experience working in natural resource management, began working on his research project "Murray cod mounts: trophy fish, dusty relics, icons of interest and an environmental voice from the past" in January of 2017.  His project, which has received a top-up scholarship ($45,000) from the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, builds on initial research done by his principal supervisor Dr Paul Humphries, a fish ecologist with an interest in historical ecology. The project is aligned with the Environmental Water and Biodiversity Conservation research themes.

2015

Liz Znidersic, a CSU Masters graduate and a DE student from Tasmania is supervised by Professor David Watson and co-supervised by Professor John Woinarski from Charles Darwin University.  Her research is contributing to the ARC Discovery Project Bio-Acoustic Observatory : Engaging Birdwatchers to Monitor Biodiversity by Collarboratively Collecting and Analysing Big Audio Data.  She is looking at the detectability of cryptic birds (Lewin's rail and other rail species) to assist with conservation/management options.   This project is aligned with the Biodiversity Conservation research theme.

Inam Ahmed, a Water Resources engineer, began his PhD in February with principal supervisor A/Prof Robyn Watts and co-supervisors Dr Andrew Hall and Dr Geoff Vietz (University of melbourne). Inam is undertaking  in-channel hydraulic modelling for the Edward-Wakool River System for his PhD using mathematical modelling tools and develop a Decision Support System (DSS) using model result and Geographic Information System (GIS). Models that predict the extent of inundation of river features under different discharges and options will help managers better predict the ecological outcomes of their management decisions with DSS. This project is aligned with the Environmental Water research theme.

2014

Kendal Krause is supervised by Dr Skye Wassens, and co-supervisors Dr Kim Jenkins (UNSW) and ILWS post-doc Dr Ben Wolfenden. Kendall is looking at zooplankton in a freshwater system. Her research is aligned with the Environmental Water research theme.

Jenny Woods is supervised by A/Prof Jonathon Howard, Dr Ndungi wa Mungai and Dr Karen Bell. She is looking at the issue of flooding in North Wagga Wagga. Her topic is "Community spirit: the missing link for flood recovery". Her research is aligned with Rural and Regional Communities research theme.

2013

Samantha Strong is supervised by  A/Prof Catherine Allan. Her PhD explored a range of paradoxes associated with complex native vegetation management issues following wildfires in Victoria and the ACT.  The research aims to support regional communities and land managers involved in land management.  Findings will contribute to a greater awareness of the consequences linked to the paradoxical nature of contemporary vegetation management and policy, including the role public narratives have in policy development and its implementation, particularly after major crises such as bushfires. Samantha submitted in 2017. Her project was aligned with the Woody Regrowth in Rural Landscapes SRA.

2011

Abbie Spiers began her PhD in July 2011, with supervisors Prof Max Finlayson and A/Prof Rosy Black. Her topic is 'An exploration of community perceptions about wetland health in New Zealand'. Her research was aligned with the Sustainable Water SRA. (She submitted September 2016)

Graduates

Saideepa (Deepa) Kumar completed her PhD in February 2016. Her supervisors were Prof Allan Curtis, Dr Paul Humphries, Dr Emily Mendham and Dr Wendy Merritt (ANU). Deepa's PhD examines the contemporary topic of the management of environmental water in the Murray-Darling Basin in Australia. Deepa's research commenced in 2012 as part of a National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (NCGRT) project and was aligned with the Social Research for Natural Resource Management SRA. 

Wayne Deans was supervised by Dr Digby Race, Institute adjunct Barney Foran and Dr Mark Howden (Chief Research Scientist, CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship) began his PhD in February, 2010. His topic was "Trees as Redundant Patterns."  Wayne graduated in 2015.

Manu Saunders began her PhD in March 2010 under principal supervisor A/Prof Gary Luck.  Her topic was "Wild pollinator communities of native woodlands and commercial almond plantations in a semi-arid Australian landscape: Implications for conservation of insects and ecosystem services". Manu graduated in 2014.

Jane Roots who started in 2008, was supervised by Dr Joanne Millar and Dr Rik Thwaites, Her thesis topic was "The future of farming in rural amenity landscapes: The role of planning and governance in a changing landscape"  Jane graduated in December 2014

Anna Lukasiewicz, was supervised by Dr Penny Davidson, Prof Kath Bowmer and CSIROs Dr Geoff Syme, and commenced her PhD in 2008. Her thesis topic was "Lost in translation: where is the social justice in Australian water reform?"  Anna graduated in 2012

Maggie Watson, whose supervisors were A/Prof Shane Raidal, Dr Tiggy Grillo (both from CSU's School of Animal and Veterinary Science) and Prof Nick Klomp, commenced her PhD in September 2007. For her research project Maggie looked at the effects of parasites and stress from eco-tourism on the reproductive performance of seabirds. Her topic was " Effects of parasites on the Crested Tern Thalasseus bergii ". Maggie graduated in 2012

Sylvia Zukowski was the recipient of the inaugural Integration Program scholarship and commenced her PhD in May 2007 and was superivsed by A/Prof Robyn Watts, and Prof Allan Curtis. Her interdisciplinary research project combined ecological and social research and her topic was "What information is required for sustainable recreational freshwater fishery regulations in Australia ?" Sylvia graduated in 2012.

September 2017