Functional links between estuaries and their catchments: How does land use change affect estuarine ecological and bio-geochemical function?

  • Cook, Perran (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Beardall, John (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Mac Nally, Ralph (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Glud, Ronnie (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Hindell, Jeremy (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Hipsey, Matthew (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Quinn, Gerald (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Reich, Paul (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • White, Matt (Partner Investigator (PI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

Estuarine ecological and biogeochemical function is intimately connected to the catchment through the supply of freshwater, nutrients and organic matter. Anthropogenic activities within the catchment will alter these critical drivers of estuarine function in an interacting manner which is poorly understood. This project will integrate ecological and biogeochemical approaches to greatly improve understanding on critical nutrient thresholds in different estuarine types under different flow regimes, with the aim to guide management actions and provide much needed clarity on the most useful ecological and biogeochemical indicators of estuarine change.
Effective start/end date4/01/1131/12/14


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$114,000.00
  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$170,000.00
  • Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA) (Victoria): A$154,000.00
  • Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA) (Victoria): A$231,000.00
  • Environment Protection Authority (trading as EPA Victoria) : A$25,000.00
  • Melbourne Water Corporation (trading as Melbourne Water) (Victoria): A$100,000.00
  • Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) (New South Wales)
  • Parks Victoria: A$30,000.00
  • University of Western Australia