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Professor Ross Thompson is Director and Chair of Water Science in the Institute for Applied Ecology at the University of Canberra. Ross is a freshwater ecologist with interests in the study of biodiversity and the restoration of landscapes. His fundamental research is in food web ecology; seeking the rules that determine how natural communities assemble and persist. His applied research addresses the ways in which food webs can be influenced by anthropogenic factors including urbanisation, land clearance, pharmaceutical contamination, river flow diversion and restoration, and invasion. He has an active research program on aquatic biodiversity and ecosystem function in urban and rural landscapes. Ross has published more than 90 papers, 10 book chapters and more than 200 scientific reports. He sits on the Australian Research Council College of Experts and has recently stepped down from the NZ Marsden Panel. His work has strong links to government and industry, and Ross sits on a number of senior technical advisory panels for local, state and federal research programs.


Ross is always seeking excellent graduate students and fellowship candidates in:

  • Stream and river ecology

  • Food-web ecology

  • Urban ecology

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food web Earth & Environmental Sciences
ecosystems Agriculture & Biology
food webs Agriculture & Biology
biodiversity Earth & Environmental Sciences
macroinvertebrate Earth & Environmental Sciences
ecosystem Earth & Environmental Sciences
riparian vegetation Earth & Environmental Sciences
vegetation Agriculture & Biology

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Projects 2011 2020

Research Output 1998 2018

chemical compound
chemical compounds
littoral zone
intertidal environment
1 Citations
hydrological change
7 Citations

Legacies, lags and long-term trends: Effective flow restoration in a changed and changing world

Thompson, R. M., King, A., Kingsford, R., MAC NALLY, R. & POFF, L. Aug 2018 In : Freshwater Biology. 63, 8, p. 986-995 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

restoration ecology
market structure
water allocation
reform process
2 Citations

Patterns and drivers of aquatic invertebrate diversity across an arid biome

Davis, J., Sim, L., Thompson, R. M., Pinder, A., Box, J. B., Murphy, N. P., Sheldon, F., Morán-Ordóñez, A. & Sunnucks, P. Feb 2018 In : Ecography. 41, 2, p. 375-387 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

aquatic invertebrates
2 Citations

Scaling biodiversity responses to hydrological regimes

ROLLS, R., Heino, J., Ryder, D. S., Chessman, B., Growns, I., Thompson, R. M. & Gido, K. May 2018 In : Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society. 93, 2, p. 971-995 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Fresh Water