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Dr Fiona Dyer is an Associate Professor in Water Science at the Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE), University of Canberra.  She is a freshwater scientist who is interested in understanding how freshwater systems respond to natural and anthropogenic variations in flow, with a view to informing decision making in water resource management. Her current research projects investigate the consequences of changes in flow regimes (associated with climate change and water resource management decisions) for water quality and ecological responses. Fiona has been extensively involved in the development and implementation of condition assessment approaches for freshwater systems, having been involved in the development of most major national and regional river condition approaches.

Fiona’s research is complemented by working closely with Catchment Management Authorities, community organisations, indigenous groups and water resource management agencies. She was instrumental in the review of the Upper Murrumbidgee Waterwatch data, demonstrating the potential for data collected by community groups to augment other government monitoring programs.  She currently leads a consortium of four government agencies and three universities to deliver the Lower Lachlan River long term environmental flow monitoring program for the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office. Fiona is a member of the ACT NRM Advisory Committee, the ACT and Region Catchment Management Coordination Group and the past Chair of the Upper Murrumbidgee Catchment Network.


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Projects 2001 2019

Water Quality monitoring Campbell 5 Project 2



Project: Other

Long term Intervention monitoring project: Lachlan River system

DYER, F., BROADHURST, B., Gilligan, D. M., Jenkins, K., Kingsford, R., MOORE, L., Martin, F., Merrit, W., Packard, P., Saintilan, N., THOMPSON, R. & Thomas, R.


Project: Other

The Ecological role of anabranch channels in semi-arid floodplain river systems.

THOMS, M., DYER, F., Terrill, P., Treweeke, R. & Wilson, G.

9/03/01 → …

Project: Other

STAGE 1 - Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Services: Basin Scale

THOMPSON, R., Pollino, C., DYER, F., MOGGRIDGE, B., Guarino, E. & GRUBER, B.


Project: OtherResearch

Research Output 1999 2019

Responses of nitre goosefoot (Chenopodium nitrariaceum) to simulated rainfall and depth and duration of experimental flooding

Higgisson, W., Briggs, S. & Dyer, F., 2019, In : Marine and Freshwater Research. 70, 4, p. 493-503 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

rainfall simulation
3 Citations (Scopus)

Simulating rewetting events in intermittent rivers and ephemeral streams: A global analysis of leached nutrients and organic matter

Shumilova, O., Zak, D., Datry, T., von Schiller, D., Corti, R., Foulquier, A., Obrador, B., Tockner, K., Allan, D. C., Altermatt, F., Arce, M. I., Arnon, S., Banas, D., Banegas-Medina, A., Beller, E., Blanchette, M. L., Blanco-Libreros, J. F., Blessing, J., Boëchat, I. G., Boersma, K. & 57 othersBogan, M. T., Bonada, N., Bond, N. R., Brintrup, K., Bruder, A., Burrows, R., Cancellario, T., Carlson, S. M., Cauvy-Fraunié, S., Cid, N., Danger, M., de Freitas Terra, B., Girolamo, A. M. D., del Campo, R., Dyer, F., Elosegi, A., Faye, E., Febria, C., Figueroa, R., Four, B., Gessner, M. O., Gnohossou, P., Cerezo, R. G., Gomez-Gener, L., Graça, M. A. S., Guareschi, S., Gücker, B., Hwan, J. L., Kubheka, S., Langhans, S. D., Leigh, C., Little, C. J., Lorenz, S., Marshall, J., McIntosh, A., Mendoza-Lera, C., Meyer, E. I., Miliša, M., Mlambo, M. C., Moleón, M., Negus, P., Niyogi, D., Papatheodoulou, A., Pardo, I., Paril, P., Pešić, V., Rodriguez-Lozano, P., Rolls, R. J., Sanchez-Montoya, M. M., Savić, A., Steward, A., Stubbington, R., Taleb, A., Vorste, R. V., Waltham, N., Zoppini, A. & Zarfl, C., 9 Jan 2019, In : Global Change Biology. 25, 5, p. 1591-1611 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

ephemeral stream
Biological materials
2 Citations (Scopus)

A conceptual framework for ecological responses to groundwater regime alteration (FERGRA)

Kath, J., Boulton, A. J., Harrison, E. T. & Dyer, F. J., Oct 2018, In : Ecohydrology. 11, 7, p. 1-17 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

1 Citation (Scopus)
Open Access
urban design
Water Quality
Life Style
12 Citations (Scopus)

A global analysis of terrestrial plant litter dynamics in non-perennial waterways

Datry, T., Foulquier, A., Corti, R., Von Schiller, D., Tockner, K., Mendoza-Lera, C., Clément, J. C., Gessner, M. O., Moleón, M., Stubbington, R., Gücker, B., Albarinõ, R., Allen, D. C., Altermatt, F., Arce, M. I., Arnon, S., Banas, D., Banegas-Medina, A., Beller, E., Blanchette, M. L. & 74 othersBlanco-Libreros, J. F., Blessing, J. J., Boëchat, I. G., Boersma, K. S., Bogan, M. T., Bonada, N., Bond, N. R., Brintrup Barriá, K. C., Bruder, A., Burrows, R. M., Cancellario, T., Canhoto, C., Carlson, S. M., Cauvy-Fraunié, S., Cid, N., Danger, M., De Freitas Terra, B., De Girolamo, A. M., De La Barra, E., Del Campo, R., Diaz-Villanueva, V. D., Dyer, F., Elosegi, A., Faye, E., Febria, C., Four, B., Gafny, S., Ghate, S. D., Gómez, R., Gómez-Gener, L., Gracą, M. A. S., Guareschi, S., Hoppeler, F., Hwan, J. L., Jones, J. I., Kubheka, S., Laini, A., Langhans, S. D., Leigh, C., Little, C. J., Lorenz, S., Marshall, J. C., Martín, E., McIntosh, A. R., Meyer, E. I., Miliša, M., Mlambo, M. C., Morais, M., Moya, N., Negus, P. M., Niyogi, D. K., Papatheodoulou, A., Pardo, I., Pařil, P., Pauls, S. U., Pešić, V., Polášek, M., Robinson, C. T., Rodríguez-Lozano, P., Rolls, R. J., Sánchez-Montoya, M. M., Savić, A., Shumilova, O., Sridhar, K. R., Steward, A. L., Storey, R., Taleb, A., Uzan, A., Vander Vorste, R., Waltham, N. J., Woelfle-Erskine, C., Zak, D., Zarfl, C. & Zoppini, A., 2018, In : Nature Geoscience. 11, 7, p. 497-503 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle