Susan Nichols

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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

• 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.

20052022

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Biography

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 water science, 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

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

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