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Professor Robyn Watts conducts research on the ecology, management and restoration of aquatic ecosystems. Her major interests include biodiversity, connectivity, flow-ecology relationships and river rehabilitation through altered flow management practices, especially through changing the operation of weirs and dams and delivery of environmental water. She has led multidisciplinary research teams and with colleagues has obtained over $9M funding of competitive research grants and consultancies from a range of different funding organizations including the Australian Research Council, National Water Commission, Land and Water Australia, Murray-Darling Basin Authority, Commonwealth Environmental Water Office and state government and catchment management agencies. Her research has helped improve the management and restoration of regulated river systems.

Research Interests

  • Ecology, restoration and management of river and floodplain environments
  • Socio-ecological systems
  • Ecohydrology
  • Adaptive environmental management

Professional Information

External Appointments & Memberships:

  • Edward-Wakool Environmental Water Reference Group (member)
  • Murray and District Dissolved Oxygen Group (member)
  • Edward-Wakool Operations Advisory Group (member)
  • Australian Society of Limnology (member)
  • Australian Ecological Society (member)
  • International Society of River Science (member)

Editorial roles on journals:

  • Guest Editor Environmental Management special issue ‘Adaptive management of environmental water’ published in 2018


  • BIO323 River and Floodplain Ecology
  • BIO402 River Restoration and Protection
  • GEO314 River Hydrology and Geomorphology


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 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Western Australia


Bachelor of Science (Zoology) (Honours), University of Western Australia


External positions

Member, Environmental Water Scientific Advisory Committee, Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

Nov 2008Dec 2014

Fisheries Biologist, Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, Qld

Dec 1991Jul 1995


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