• barb downes
    Professor Barb Downes, Barb is an aquatic ecologist, with research experience in basic population and community ecology in both freshwater and marine environments.
  • michael-shawn fletcher
    Dr Michael-Shawn Fletcher, Michael is interested in the long term interactions between humans, climate, disturbance and vegetation at local, regional and global scales.
  • ian thomas
    Dr Ian Thomas, Ian researches in palaeoecology and environmental studies and uses using pollen analyses and archaeological investigations to research human impacts on natural systems and the responses of plant communities to climate change.

Honorary staff

  • jill lancaster
    Dr Jill Lancaster, Jill is a freshwater ecologist with broad interests in the biology aquatic insects, their population and community ecologies. Particular interests lie in insect dispersal, trophic interactions and bio-physical coupling.


  • Bronwyn Dixon
    Bronwyn Dixon. Bronwyn’s research examines differing approaches to strengthen palaeoclimate reconstructions in the Australian context, including the application of Bayesian age modelling approaches and statistical reconstructions of decadal variability in Southeast Australian rainfall.
    Supervisors: Dr. Russell Drysdale and Dr Jonathan Tyler
  • Parastoo Yazdanparast. Parastoo’s palaeoecological research reconstructs the vegetation history surrounding salt lakes over the last few millennia in an attempt to place contemporary salinity ‘problems’ within a meaningful historical context.
    Supervisors: Dr Ian Thomas and Dr Michael-Shawn Fletcher.