The influence of flooding on floodplain vegetation
IAE Seminar Series

  • Faculty of Education, Maths, Technology and Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Environment
  • Institute for Applied Ecology
  • Public lectures/seminars
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Will Higgisson will discuss the hydrological requirements of floodplain plants, in relation to survival, growth, reproduction, and dispersal. He will also outline the results of floodplain inundation modelling to predict the consequences of flow modification for floodplain and wetland vegetation.

Additional Information

Floodplains and their associated wetlands are important features of semi-arid and arid landscapes. In Australia floodplains experience a highly variable flooding regime, which has structured the vegetation communities occurring on them. This variability in flooding has been modified as water is used to support human activities. Over the past three years, Will has studied the hydrological requirements of floodplain plants, in relation to survival, growth, reproduction, and dispersal. This has been combined with floodplain inundation modelling to predict the consequences of flow modification for floodplain and wetland vegetation.

About Will:

Will Higgisson is a PhD student at the Institute for Applied Ecology, University of Canberra. His research is centred on understanding the flooding requirements of vegetation which occurs on floodplains and in wetlands. This research will inform decision making in water resource management and in the allocation of environment flow.