Faculty of Science and Technology

People

Australia

Dr Giri Kattel, Project Leader

Dr Giri Kattel is an aquatic ecologist and palaeoecologist with more than 15 years of research experience on a wide range of projects in Europe and Asia-Pacific regions. His research focuses on climate change and human disturbances in rivers, lakes and floodplain wetlands of both hemispheres including Australia, New Zealand, UK, Germany and China. Currently, Dr. Kattel leads a Chinese Academy of Science Funded project on Ecosystem Services in Yangtze River Basin. Dr. Kattel is also a coordinator of the Australia-China Science Research Fund (ACSRF)-funded Group Mission Project on Floodplain Wetlands Research between Australia and China at Federation University Australia.

Prof Peter Gell

Professor Peter Gell is Director of the Centre for Environment Management (CEM), Federation University, Victoria, Australia. He has more than 25 year experience as a palaeoecologist, including projects examining the impact of land and water use on wetlands of the Murray Darling River Basin. His research focuses on historical and future landscape change in order to equip regions and regional communities to adapt to environmental change in economically-viable and environmentally-sustainable ways. It will synthesize established evidence for landscape and climate change over recent centuries as well as examine the opportunities, and challenges, in managing for biodiversity, water and fire under future climates.

Dr Jessica Reeves

Dr. Jessica Reeves is President of the Australasian Quaternary Association (AQUA) and also co-convenor of the OZ-INTIMATE (INTegration of Ice core, Marine and Terrestrial Records). She teaches Environmental Sciences at the School of Science and Engineering, Federation University, Victoria, Australia.  Her research focuses on long term interplay between humans and their environments. She uses the assemblages and shell chemistry of aquatic invertebrates (ostracods, foraminifers, molluscs) to interpret hydrological and environmental change.

Prof Jenny Davis

Professor Jenny Davis teaches freshwater ecology at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. She has more than 25 years of research experience on ecosystem resilience, non-linear dynamics, feedback mechanisms, regime shift and the impacts of multiple stressors on shallow aquatic systems in dryland Australia. She has received the Vice-Chancellors Award from Murdoch University and Limnology Medal from the Australian Society for Limnology (ASL) for excellence in research. She is past President of ASL, and an Editorial Board member of Freshwater Biology.

Prof Max Finlayson

Prof. Max Finlayson is an internationally renowned wetland ecologist with extensive experience in Australia and overseas in water pollution, mining and agricultural impacts, invasive species, climate change, and human wellbeing and wetlands. He has participated in global assessments such as those conducted by the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, and the Global Environment Outlook. He is a technical advisor to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and has written extensively on wetland ecology and management. His current research interests include wetland and river management, planning and policies; community and indigenous peoples' involvement in wetland and river management; integration of social, economic and ecologic research trade-offs among wetland users and uses; climate change; and wetland ecosystem services. He has received the Limnology Medal from the Australian Society for Limnology (ASL) for excellence in research and community engagement, is an International Fellow of the Society of Wetland Scientists, received an award of excellence from the Ramsar Convention, and in 2012 received a visiting Professorship from the Chinese Academy of Forestry.

Prof Prem Chhetri

Prof Prem Chhetri is a geographer with strong interest in management of natural resources and logistic supply both in urban and rural settings using geographic information system as a tool. He has developed an international reputation for his research in spatially-integrated social and economic resource analysis and modelling. Following his PhD in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from RMIT University, he successfully secured and completed a number of Australian Research Council projects.

Dr Michael Reid

Dr Michael Reid teaches physical geography at the University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales, Australia. His research focuses on developing approaches for monitoring the effectiveness of environmental water allocations on flood plain wetlands. Currently he is working on understanding floodplain river ecosystems across the Murray River System.

Dr Samantha Capon

Dr. Samantha Capon is Coordinator of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) for Water Resources and Freshwater Biodiversity Adaptation Research Network at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. Her research expertise includes floodplain, riparian and wetland vegetation ecology, riverine landscape ecology, dryland floodplain and wetland ecology and water and climate change adaptation.

Prof Peter Scales

Prof. Peter Scales is a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Deputy Dean the Melbourne School of Engineering at the University of Melbourne. He is also theme leader for 'water'  for the University and is Director of the Australia-China Joint Research Centre on River Basin Management (water resources and water quality).  He is on the editorial board of four journals, and is a Fellow of the IChemE and Engineers Australia. He has won prizes for both his excellence in teaching and research.  His research interests are in dispersion science, particle separations, membrane systems and nano-particle synthesis as well as the optimisation of dewatering and separation processes such as thickening, filtration and centrifugation.

Prof Martin Thoms

Professor Martin Thoms is an internationally recognised scientist in the field of riverine ecosystems specialising in fluvial geomorphology and freshwater ecology. His competency in the field of interdisciplinary river science has been recognised numerous times by Australian and International organisations/institutions. He has won awards for his innovation in river science from the University of Canberra, the International Association of Hydrological Sciences and the Binghamton Geomorphology Group.

China

Prof Xiangdong Yang

Prof. Xiangdong Yang is the head of the Department of Lake sediment and Environment, Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NIGLAS). His speciality is Paleolimnology, Paleoecology and Environmental Changes, and mainly engages in diatom and pollen researches with 20 years of experience. He is now leading the paleoecology research unit in the department. He focuses his research on lake eutrophication and its human impacts in historical period. He holds one ongoing programme "Historical Environmental Process of typical Yangtze lakes and their ecological response to human activity and natural processes and their interactions" supported by CAS. Dr. Xiangdong Yang has collaboration with Institute of Limnology of Austrian Academy of Sciences, the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS), the Loughborough University, and the Environment Change Research Centre of University College London (UCL), and the University of Southampton and the University of Liverpool, UK.

Prof Zhenwen Liu

Zhengwen is a professor at the Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. His research focuses on the characteristics of lake aquatic ecosystem in different regions; revealing the evolution law of biodiversity and its relationship with the structure and function of lake ecosystem; demonstrating the response mechanism and degradation process of lake ecosystem under the impact of human activities; proposing evaluation criteria for the ecological health of lake system. He has leaded several project on the eco-restoration of lake ecosystem and propose the optimal strategy of route for regulating and improving the structure of lake aquatic community.

Dr Yuwei Chen

Prof. Chen is the director of Poyang Lake Laboratory for Wetland Ecosystem Research, Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology. He has worked on phytoplankton ecology of shallow lakes for many years since he got his PhD degree from Vienna University, Austria. He is now focusing on the ecosystem management of Poyang Wetland with a team of over 17 researchers from Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Prof Lei Cao

Prof. Lei Cao teaches wetland wildlife conservation in Scientific and Technical University, China. Her research focus is on a range of environmental problems occurring in the Yangtze River floodplain wetlands, mainly understanding the causes of various impact on waterbirds. Currently Prof. Cao holds a number of memberships in wetland birds conservation including the Member of the 10th Council of China Ornithological Society; Member of IUCN-Wetlands International Goose Specialist Group; Member of Pacific Seabirds Group and the Member of Editorial Board of Bird Conservation International.

Prof Du Pengfei

Prof. Du Pengfei is the Chairman of the Environment School Council and the Deputy Director of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Water Security, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. His research interests include Environmental Planning and Sustainable Water Resources Management.

Prof Junguo Liu

Dr. Junguo Liu is a professor at Beijing Forestry University (China) and a research scholar at the International Institutes for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA, Austria). His main research interests include hydrology and water resources, water-food relations, wetland research, ecosystem services and management, and the impacts of climate change on water, food and ecosystems. Prof. Liu is author of over 40 peer-reviewed papers, including research article in PNAS, Environmental Science & Technology and Global Environmental Change, and three letters in Nature and Science. He serves as an editor of Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (HESS) and an editor of Journal of Water and Climate Change. He is a consultant expert for many international organizations and NGOs including UN-Water, UNEP, WWF, IUCN and Water Footprint Network, as well as private companies e.g. Nestle and C&A. He has teaching and research experience in China, Austria, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, UK, US, and Canada, among others. He is a recipient of a string of prizes including a prestigious Outstanding Young Scientists Awards of European Geosciences Union (2009), ProSPER.Net-Scopus Young Scientist Award & Winner in the field "Biodiversity and Natural Resources Management" (2011), and Young Researcher Gold Award by China Science Daily (2012).

Dr Xuhui Dong

Dr. Xuhui Dong is an Associate Professor at the Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is interested in combining contemperary limnology and palaeolimnology via multiple eoecological indicators including diatom, aquatic macrofossil and cladocera to understand ecosystem dynamics in shallow lakes over different spatio-temporal scales. He got his PhD in 2010 at Environment Change Research Centre of University College London.

Dr Yangmin Qin

Dr. Yangmin Qin is currently a staff of limnology in the school of Earth Science, China University of Geosciences (Wuhan). He is interested in the ecology and paleoecology of testate amoebae in peatlands and lakes. Much of his research is focused on the reconstruction of past environmental variability using biological organisms (especially testate amoebae), and the responses of peatland and lake ecosystems to environmental change. For several years he has worked on assessing and monitoring climatic and human impacts on freshwater ecosystems (peatlands and lakes) in the regions including Alaska and the middle Yangtze River reach.

Dr Patrick Rioual

Dr. Patrick Rioual is a researcher at the Key Laboratory of Cenozoic Geology and Environment, Beijing Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IGG-CAS). His research activities focus on four major themes; ecological responses to paleo-environmental change; distribution of modern diatoms in relationship with their environment; monitoring of seasonal and inter-annual diatom succession and diatom taxonomy. Dr Patrick Rioual has maintained international collaboration with colleagues from the United Kingdom (Environment Change Research Centre of University College London (UCL), University Aix-Marseille, France and GFZ-Potsdam, Germany.

Prof Guoping Wang

Dr. Guoping is a professor at the Key Lab of Wetland Ecology and Environment, Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). Prof. Guoping's research interests in wetland science are centered on ecology and environmental change. Major research efforts have focused on reconstructing last millennium and the recent past history of wetlands and adjacent uplands. He has specific interests in peatland carbon accumulation dynamics and climatic connection, and the effects of environmental stress on wetland vegetation and soils. Current research activities have focused on the wetlands in the Sangjiang Plain and the Songnen Plain, and the peatlands in Greater Khingan Range and Changbai Mountains, Northeast China.

Dr Rong Wang

Rong Wang is currently a Research Scientist in NIGLAS. He has a PhD from the University of Southampton (UK) on diatom-inferred environmental change reconstructions in Chinese lakes. He is now working on climate change, ecosystem resilience, feedbacks, and early warnings signals in lacustrine ecosystems.