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Research Interests

  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Ecology and conservation of wetland dependent amphibians

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

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Charles Sturt University

… → 2006

Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours), Charles Sturt University

… → 1999

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 2001 2019

Open Access
Commonwealth of Nations
river system
1 Citation (Scopus)

Gut content and stable isotope analysis of tadpoles in floodplain wetlands

Ocock, J. F., Brandis, K. J., Wolfenden, B. J., Jenkins, K. M. & Wassens, S., 01 Jan 2019, In : Australian Journal of Zoology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

stable isotopes
digital terrain model

Occurrence of Contracaecum bancrofti larvae in fish in the Murray–Darling Basin

Shamsi, S., Stoddart, A., Smales, L. & Wassens, S., Sep 2019, In : Journal of Helminthology. 93, 5, p. 574-579 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

fish larvae


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 2018 2018

  • 1 Public lecture/debate/seminar/presentation

Murrumbidgee preliminary outcomes 2017-18

Skye Wassens (Speaker)
26 Jun 2018

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