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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
biodiversity Earth & Environmental Sciences
macroinvertebrate Earth & Environmental Sciences
ecosystem Earth & Environmental Sciences
riparian vegetation Earth & Environmental Sciences
vegetation Agriculture & Biology
invertebrate Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Projects 2011 2020

Research Output 1998 2018

Herbivore functional traits and macroinvertebrate food webs have different responses to leaf chemical compounds of two macrophyte species in a tropical lake’s littoral zone

Saulino, H. H. L., Thompson, R. M. & Trivinho-Strxino, S. 4 Apr 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Aquatic Ecology. p. 1-12 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

chemical compound
chemical compounds
littoral zone
intertidal environment
hydrological change

A framework for evaluating food-web responses to hydrological manipulations in riverine systems

ROLLS, R., Baldwin, D. S., Bond, N. R., Lester, R. E., Robson, B. J., Ryder, D. S., Thompson, R. M. & Watson, G. A. 1 Dec 2017 In : Journal of Environmental Management. 203, p. 136-150 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

food web
hydrological regime
analytical method
1 Citations

Consequences of altered temperature regimes for emerging freshwater invertebrates

Sardina, P., Beringer, J., Grace, M. & THOMPSON, R. 2017 In : Aquatic Sciences. Online, p. 1-12 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Do Social–Ecological Syndromes Predict Outcomes for Ecosystem Services? – a Reply to Bodin et al.

Dee, L. E., Thompson, R., Massol, F., Guerrero, A. & Bohan, D. A. 1 Aug 2017 In : Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 32, 8, p. 549-552 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetter