• 191 Citations
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Personal profile

Personal profile

Associate Professor Skye Wassens is an internationally recognised ecologist specialising in the ecology and conservation of wetland dependant amphibians. Her research on the responses of amphibians to environmental flooding and amphibian water requirements has led the way for the inclusion of amphibians into environmental flooding programs throughout the Murray-Darling Basin. Her research on wetland dependent frogs currently underpins environmental flooding strategies in the Lowbidgee floodplain and Yanga National Park, the Murrumbidgee Water Sharing Plan and management of wetlands in the Mid Lachlan River. She has lead a number of major field based research projects on the relationship between flooding and amphibian dispersal, tadpole ecology, the relationship between native and introduced freshwater fish and amphibian recruitment during wetland flooding, temporal activity patterns of wetland dependant frogs and large scale drivers of amphibian habitat occupancy in regulated rivers and floodplain wetlands.

She is leader of the Murrumbidgee Long Term Intervention Monitoring Project

Research Interests

  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Ecology and conservation of wetland dependent amphibians

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Charles Sturt University


Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours), Charles Sturt University


External positions

Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) BHP Billiton's Litoria aurea Compensatory Habitat Program (CHP) as part of the Hunter River Remediation project (member), BHP Billiton and Ventia Utility Services

River Red Gum Adaptive Management Science Advisory Committee (member) (cross border NSW and Victoria), Environment, Energy and Science, NSW

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Research Output

Manipulating water for amphibian conservation

Mathwin, R., Wassens, S., Young, J., Ye, Q. & Bradshaw, C., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Conservation Biology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Yanco Creek and Tributaries: Intensive frog surveys of creek and farm habitats 2019-20

    Turner, A., Wassens, S. & McNeil, D., 16 Mar 2020, 37 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

    Open Access
  • Open Access
  • Consequences of changed water management for Aboriginal Australians in the Murrumbidgee catchment, NSW

    Conroy, C., Knight, A. R., Wassens, S. & Allan, C., 03 Apr 2019, In : Australian Geographer. 50, 2, p. 169-184 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Prizes

    2015 Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Excellence (Research Excellence)

    Robyn Watts (Recipient), James Abell (Recipient), C Allan (Recipient), Carmen Amos (Recipient), Mariagrazia Bellio (Recipient), Bradley K. Clarke-Wood (Recipient), Colin Finlayson (Recipient), Tamsin Greenwood (Recipient), Andrew Hall (Recipient), Julia Howitt (Recipient), Paul Humphries (Recipient), Kim Jenkins (Recipient), Richard Kopf (Recipient), Nicole McCasker (Recipient), Wayne Robinson (Recipient), Veronique Janel (Recipient), Skye Wassens (Recipient), Benjamin Wolfenden (Recipient) & Alek Zander (Recipient), 05 Aug 2015

    Prize: Award

  • Activities

    • 3 Public lecture/debate/seminar/presentation

    NSW Universities Research Impact Showcase

    Skye Wassens (Keynote speaker), Robyn Watts (Participant)
    27 Sep 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic lecture/debate/seminar/presentationGovernment

    Murrumbidgee Environmental Advisory Group

    Skye Wassens (Invited speaker)
    03 Dec 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic lecture/debate/seminar/presentationCommunity

    Murrumbidgee preliminary outcomes 2017-18

    Skye Wassens (Speaker)
    26 Jun 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic lecture/debate/seminar/presentationIndustry