Dr Jess Reeves

In order to best manage our aquatic resources into the future, it is necessary to understand how they have responded to change in the past. Many wetlands areas have been impacted already, and are under significant threat from predicted changes to climate patterns. Understanding their response and resilience to change will allow appropriate targeting of future management plans for the best environmental outcome. Dr Reeves’ research revolves around past climates and environments. In particular, she is passionate about the interplay between humans and their environment through time – including recent industrial pollution and long-term human modification of landscapes. She collects core sediments from wetland environments to study both the ecology and the chemistry, that is preserved in them. From this analysis, and the presence of fossil invertebrates (ostracods and molluscs), she determines how that wetland has changed through time, due to both human modification and long-term climate variability.

She is available to supervise HDR students on topics relating to:

  • Accessibility and mobility of heavy metals in the Gippsland Lakes
  • Palaeoecology of the Gippsland Lakes
  • Paleoclimate of the Willandra Lakes
  • Fire history of East Gippsland
  • Rewilding of the Morwell River
  • Other topics relating to long term palaeoenvironmental/climate change or human impact in modern wetland environments

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