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School of Science, Psychology and Sport

Palaeoecology, Barmah Lake

Campus: Mt Helen

Discipline: Environmental science

Research field: Palaeoecology

Key words: water quality, diatoms, pollen, MDB wetlands, fire

Supervisor(s): Prof. Peter Gell


Brief supervisor bio: Peter Gell is a paleoecologist who examines the change in wetland condition through time. Peter has led a global research program examining the impact of people on wetlands. He leads a group that is synthesising wetland condition change down the Murray and Murrumbidgee river systems.

Project title: Barmah Lake: Understanding the natural ecological character of a Ramsar wetland

Project description: Barmah Lake is a Ramsar listed wetland of international significance. Fossil remains within sediments records will provide evidence of its natural character prior to river regulation and how it has changed through time since. This will inform plans for the local CMA and the Yorta Yorta people.