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I am a freshwater scientist with experience in biological assessment of river health, benthic invertebrate ecology and teaching (tertiary and industry). My research has focused on the use of invertebrate predictive models for bioassessment, the reference condition and causal analysis for ecological assessment of river condition. Most recently my work has focused on DNA-based identification of macroinvertebrates for routine assessment of aquatic biodiversity and diagnosing river health using macroinvertebrate traits.

Student Projects Available

Please contact me if you are interested in undertaking a PhD in any of the following areas:

  • Understanding the influence of environmental change on invertebrate communities to predict consequences of multiple stressors

  • Improving the functionality of freshwater bioassessment

  • Diagnostic river health using macroinvertebrate traits as indicators

  • Genetic bar coding: applying invertebrate bar coding to routine bioassessment

  • Linking environmental flows and river health

  • Systematic evidence synthesis for environmental policy and management

  • Environmental evidence and the law.

Related Links

AUSRIVAS - http://ausrivas.ewater.org.au

If you would like information regarding training and accreditation in Australian River Assessment System (AUSRIVAS) methods please email me or visit the AUSRIVAS website – http://ausrivas.ewater.org.au/ausrivas/index.php/course-information

Centre for Evidence Informed Policy and Practice - http://ceipp.org.au

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Projects 2010 2020

Research Output 2005 2019

4 Citations (Scopus)

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

toxic substances
1 Citation (Scopus)

Cutting through the complexity to aid evidence synthesis. A response to Haddaway and Dicks

Cook, C. N., Nichols, S. J., Webb, A., Fuller, R. A. & RICHARDS, R., Feb 2018, In : Biological Conservation. 218, p. 291-292 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

cutting (process)
1 Citation (Scopus)

Timely delivery of scientific knowledge for environmental management: a Freshwater Science initiative

Norton, S. B., Webb, J. A., Schofield, K. A., Nichols, S. J., Ogden, R., Bennett, M., Lee, S., Ridley, C., Gibbs, D. & Collins, A., Jun 2018, In : Freshwater Science. 37, 2, p. 205-207 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

7 Citations (Scopus)

A DNA barcode database of Australia’s freshwater macroinvertebrate fauna

Carew, M. E., Nichols, S. J., Batovska, J., St Clair, R., Murphy, N. P., Blacket, M. J. & Shackleton, M. E., 2017, In : Marine and Freshwater Research. 68, 10, p. 1788-1802 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

DNA barcoding

An evidence-based approach for integrating ecological, hydrological and consumptive models to optimize flow management: a proof of concept

Nichols, S. J., Powell, S. J., Peat, M. & Johnson, W., 2017, In : Policy Studies. 38, 5, p. 432-446 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle