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Dr Susan Nichols

Dr Susan NicholsPosition

Research Fellow

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Tel: +61 2 6201 5408
Email: sue.nichols@canberra.edu.au

Biography

PhD Applied Science (UC), B App Sci (First Class Honours), Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (UC), Graduate Certificate in e-Learning (SA TAFE).

Sue has particular interest in freshwater science and biological assessment of river condition. A fundamental interest in aquatic invertebrate ecology underpins her research on river condition assessment and the ecological responses to flow variation. Research and development of the Australian River Assessment System (AUSRIVAS) (the sampling methods, predictive modeling, and the reference condition approach) is a specific interest.

Another research interest is the adaption of causal criteria as used in epidemiology, for use in environmental assessment. This research focuses on the systematic review and synthesis of scientific research to aid the integration of science in the management of freshwater systems.

Her current research project is with the Murray-Darling Basin Futures CRN, titled `Using an evidence-based approach in the optimization of water allocation decisions'. This project involves quantifying ecological water requirements for aquatic communities, and the integration of these response functions with eco-hydrology models and an optimization framework. This will assist in understanding the trade-offs between environmental flow benefits and other consumptive uses.

Sue has held academic teaching appointments in Water Science at the University of Canberra and has developed educational material for undergraduate and graduate units, and water industry short courses.

Research interests

  • Biological assessment of river condition
  • Causal criteria for environmental assessment
  • Ecological responses to flow variation

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