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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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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.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • Basal resource quality and energy sources in three habitats of a lowland river ecosystem

    McInerney, P. J., Holt, G., Lester, R. E., Thompson, R. M., Robson, B., Ryder, D. S., Bond, N. R., Baldwin, D. S., Gawne, B. & Petrie, R., 1 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Limnology and Oceanography. p. 1-15 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Multiple lines of evidence indicate limited natural recruitment of golden Perch (Macquaria ambigua) in the highly regulated Lachlan river

    Shams, F., Dyer, F., Thompson, R., Duncan, R. P., Thiem, J. D., Enge, T. G. & Ezaz, T., 1 Jun 2020, In : Water (Switzerland). 12, 6, p. 1-15 15 p., 1636.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • The use of fatty acids to identify food sources of secondary consumers in wetland mesocosms

    Growns, I., Ryder, D., McInerney, P., Bond, N., Holt, G., Lester, R. & Thompson, R., 1 Jan 2020, In : Journal of Freshwater Ecology. 35, 1, p. 173-189 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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