ILWS - Charles Sturt University
ILWS - Charles Sturt University

Postgraduate Students

Much of the important research carried out by the Institute is undertaken by postgraduate students under the supervision of Institute researchers. In some cases, their co-supervisors may be from other universities, natural resource management agencies, industry, Government and non-government organisations, or other research institutions.

Currently the Institute has 8 PhD students who are the recipients of ILWS scholarships.

PhD Graduates 2017 and earlier

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Jose Abalo (DSW) email
Principal Supervisor Professor Manohar Pawar

Topic: Transitions Issues Experienced By Early School Leavers: Implications For Social Work Policy And Practice

Mark Adler email
Principal Supervisor Dr Helen Masterman-Smith

Topic: Understanding the role of creativity in university clean energy research

Inam Ahmed email
Principal Supervisor Professor Robyn Watts

Topic: How scale of investigation influences reporting of in-stream river hydraulics

Pauline Andree email 
(Masters)
Principal Supervisor Professor David Watson

Topic: Determinants of vocal variation in Australian cuckoos

Kellie Bousfield email
Principal Supervisor Dr Angela Ragusa

Topic: Educational testing and social class

Kane Callaghan email
Supervisors A/Prof Peter Simmons, Dr Michael Mehmet

Topic: Social media citizensourcing for policy-making: The case of sharks in NSW

Dale Campbell email
Principal Supervisor Dr Paul Humphries

Topic: Reconstructing past floodplain environments

Jeanette Carroll email
Principal Supervisor Dr Helen Masterman-Smith

Topic:  Animal Activism of the Poor in Australia - Is anyone paying attention?

Adrian Clements email
Principal Supervisor Professor Max Finlayson

Topic: The effect of water column nutrient enrichment and water regime on vegetation in shallow, ephemeral, freshwater lakes

(Thesis approved for graduation 2018)

Celia Connor email
Supervisors A/Prof Peter Spooner and Dr Jen Bond

Topic: Invasive woody plants in linear habitats

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Leanne Greenwood email
Principal Supervisor Associate Professor Dale Nimmo

Topic: The Impact of buffel grass invasion on Indigenous livelihoods

Phenden Gyamtsho email
ILWS Supervisors Associate Professor Rosemary Black, Dr Jennifer Bond

Topic: Community-based Ecotourism

Joshua Hodges email
ILWS Scholarship
Principal Supervisor Dr Jodi Price

Topic: Post-fire seedling recruitment in grasslands of south-eastern Australia

Kent Hortle email
Principal Supervisor Dr Lee Baumgartner

Topic: Fish passage

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Thiloka Kariyawasam email
Supervisors Dr Greg Doran and Dr Julia Howitt


Topic: Bioremediation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) contaminated soils

Juana Katzer email
Principal Supervisor Professor Manohar Pawar

Topic: Children with problem sexualised behaviours (PSBs) and social workers' decisions

Paul Kew email
Principal Supervisor Dr Zhenquan Li (Jan)

Topic: Adaptive Grid Refinement using the Generalized Finite Difference Method

Karen Kime email
Principal Supervisor Dr Angela Ragusa

Topic: Wise practice and Anglicare's foster care programs for Aboriginal children

Kendal Krause email

Principal Supervisor Associate Professor Skye Wassens

Topic: Zooplankton in the Murrumbidgee: the effects of native and exotic fish species, density and behaviour on zooplankton community structure

Daniel Lander email
Principal Supervisor Dr Angela Ragusa

Topic: The anti-vaccination movement and science communication

Clare Lawrence email
Principal Supervisor Dr Melanie Massaro

Topic: Life-history and behavioural responses to nest predation in Australian and New Zealand birds: can naïve birds adapt to exotic predators?

(Thesis approved for graduation 2018)

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Sean Mack email
Principal Supervisor Associate Professor Maree Bernoth

Topic: The role of leadership in fostering a person-centred approach in residential aged care.

Scott McManus email
Supervisors Dr Ana Horta and Dr Azizur Rahman

Topic: Assessment of uncertainty in the creation of spatial domains from portable X-ray fluorescence multi-element data using a Bayesian method

Helenna Mihailou email
Principal Supervisor Dr Melanie Massaro

Topic: The effects of feral animals on bird diversity around waterholes in the Northern Territory

Harry Moore email
ILWS Scholarship   
Principal Supervisor Associate Professor Dale Nimmo

Topic: Northern Quolls in the Pilbara region of WA

Kim Nelson email
Principal Supervisor Associate Professor Rosy Black

Topic: An exploration of the construction of self-identity through tourism, host perspectives in Niseko, Japan

Matt O'Connell email
ILWS Scholarship  
Principal Supervisor Dr Paul Humphries

Topic: Exploring the potential of taxidermy Murray cod mounts to inform past environmental conditions

Website www.codspot.com.au

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Dena Paris email
Principal Supervisor Dr Melanie Massaro

Topic: Foraging behaviour, habitat use and density related reproductive performance and dispersal in the endangered Chatham Island black robin

Bharat Poudel email
Principal Supervisor Professor Kevin Parton

Topic - Criteria for Sustainable Operation of Off-Grid Renewable Energy Services

George Rafael (DSW) email
Principal Supervisor Professor Manohar Pawar

Topic: A social work approach to enabling young people at their work

Arif Rohman email
Principal Supervisor Professor Manohar Pawar

Topic: Voices from a Leper Colony: A Critical Ethnography of the Impacts of Community Empowerment and Social Inclusion Program at the Sitanala Leprosy Village, Indonesia

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Dr Richard Segal email
ILWS Scholarship 
Principal Supervisor Dr Melanie Massaro

Topic: Investigating the effects of rodent eradication on the threatened Lord Howe currawong.

Carla Simos (DSW) email
Principal Supervisor Professor Manohar Pawar

Topic: Stepmothers' Life Stories and Self-Identity

Kylie Singh email
Principal Supervisor  Professor Robyn Watts

Topic: Ecology of the Macquarie Turtle (Emydura macquarii macquarii) in Australia's Murray-Darling Basin: Are freshwater fish an effective 'umbrella taxa' for turtle conservation?

(Thesis submitted 2017)

Daniel Svozil email
Principal Supervisor Professor Robyn Watts, co-supervisors Drs Keller Kopf and Lee Baumgartner

Topic: Trait Divergence in river and reservoir populations of Australian smelt (Retropinna semoni)

(Approved for Graduation 2018)

Sarah Talbot email
Principal Supervisor Associate Professor Skye Wassens

Topic: An Investigation of Behaviour, Physiology, Morphology and Stability of Animal Personality, in order to Develop a Valid and Standardised Personality Assessment Tool: A Case Study in the Domestic Ferret (Mustela putorius furo)

Samir Thapa email
Principal Supervisor Professor Kevin Parton

Topic: Use of Clean Development Mechanism funding to convert from woodstoves to biogas cookers in western Nepal

Anna Turner email
Principal Supervisor Associate Professor Skye Wassens

Topic: Chytrid fungus on southern bell frogs in the Lowbidgee and Gippsland Lakes

Georgia Tziros email
Principal Supervisor Associate Professor Maree Bernoth

Topic: An exploration of Greek migrant experiences and later life emotional well being: A qualitative study

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Michael Vanderzee email
ILWS Scholarship 
Principal Supervisor Professor Max Finlayson

Topic: Socio-ecological impacts of water recovery for the environment in the Murray-Darling Basin

Vu Vi An (An) email 
Principal Supervisor Dr Lee Baumgartner

Topic: Fish migration in the Mekong Delta

Melissa Wales email
Principal Supervisor Associate Professor Catherine Allan


Topic: Social norms and soil conservation practices

Sangay Wangchuk email
Supervisors  Dr. Jennifer Bond (Principal Supervisor), Professor Max Finlayson, Dr. Richard Thwaites

Topic: Why are villages in the eastern part of Bhutan dying, and what are some of the social and ecological implications of this trend?

Abdul Wazirzada email
Principal Supervisor Professor John Hicks

Topic: Sustainable Mobility for Road Users Using Intelligent Transport Systems: The Australian Paradigm

Sumedha Weerasekara email
ILWS Supervisors Associate Professor Branka Krivokapic-Skoko, Professor Mark Morrison

Topic: Recognise and Assess the impact of Entrepreneurial Ecosystem factors on Enterprise Performance in the continuum of Urban to regional NSW, Australia

Jillda Wright (DSW) email
Associate Supervisor Professor Manohar Pawar

Topic: An Exploratory study of the Management of Dissociative Identity Disorder in Australia

Lucia Wursch email

ILWS Supervisor Associate Professor Peter Simmons

Topic: Transactional analysis in organisations: A case study exploration of Berne’s theory with a focus on communication

Londari Yamarak
Principal Supervisor Professor Kevin Parton

Topic: Effects of the mining industry on poverty in PNG

Elizabeth Znidersic  email
Principal Supervisor Professor David M. Watson

Topic: The detectability of cryptic birds (Lewin's rail, Cocos Buff-banded rail and other rail species) to assist with conservation/management options.