19982022

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Biography

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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Research Output

An integrated database of stream macroinvertebrate traits for Australia: concept and application

Kefford, B. J., Botwe, P. K., Brooks, A. J., Kunz, S., Marchant, R., Maxwell, S., Metzeling, L., Schäfer, R. B. & Thompson, R. M., 1 Jul 2020, In : Ecological Indicators. 114, p. 1-10 10 p., 106280.

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    Biological interactions mediate context and species-specific sensitivities to salinity

    Bray, J. P., Reich, J., Nichols, S. J., Kon Kam King, G., Mac Nally, R., Thompson, R., O’Reilly-Nugent, A. & Kefford, B. J., 21 Jan 2019, In : Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 374, 1764, p. 1-10 10 p., 20180020.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 10 Citations (Scopus)

    Communities at the extreme: Aquatic food webs in desert landscapes

    Moran, N. P., Wong, B. B. M. & Thompson, R. M., Oct 2019, In : Ecology and Evolution. 9, 19, p. 11464-11475 12 p.

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    Inferring predator-prey interactions in food webs

    Pomeranz, J. P. F., Thompson, R. M., Poisot, T. & Harding, J. S., 2019, In : Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 10, 3, p. 356-367 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    4 Citations (Scopus)