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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

Amphibian conservation in a managed world

Mathwin, R., Wassens, S. & Bradshaw, C. J. A., 01 Apr 2020, Conservation Bytes.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationProfessional blog or online forum

Open Access
  • Learning from concurrent adaptive management in multiple catchments within a large environmental flows program in Australia

    Watts, R. J., Dyer, F., Frazier, P., Gawne, B., Marsh, P., Ryder, D. S., Southwell, M., Wassens, S. M., Webb, J. A. & Ye, Q., 04 May 2020, In : River Research and Applications.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Manipulating water for amphibian conservation

    Mathwin, R., Wassens, S., Young, J., Ye, Q. & Bradshaw, C., 19 Mar 2020, In : Conservation Biology. p. 1-11 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Prizes

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

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

    Prize: Award

  • Activities

    EWAG- Murrumbidgee Monitoring, Evaluation and Research update June 2020

    Gayleen Bourke (Speaker), Damian Michael (Participant) & Skye Wassens (Advisor)

    23 Jun 2020

    Activity: Other EngagementPublic outreachCommunity

    EWAG - Murrumbidgee Monitoring, Evaluation and Research update - Jan 2020

    Damian Michael (Speaker), Skye Wassens (Participant), Gayleen Bourke (Participant) & Andrew Hall (Member)

    11 Mar 2020

    Activity: Other EngagementPublic outreachCommunity

    Mentorship and supervision of CSU student intern

    Gayleen Bourke (Supervisor), Skye Wassens (Co-supervisor) & Damian Michael (Mentor)

    10 Jan 202027 Mar 2022

    Activity: Supervision/Examination/MentoringMentor or Internship SupervisionAcademic

    Use of artificial bark covers to survey arboreal floodplain reptiles

    Damian Michael (Supervisor), Skye Wassens (Co-supervisor) & Dale Nimmo (Co-supervisor)

    01 Feb 202030 Oct 2020

    Activity: Supervision/Examination/MentoringInternal HDR Supervision

    Frog and reptile responses to environmental water management workshop

    Skye Wassens (Organiser)

    01 Jul 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventWorkshop/course/forumGovernment


    Environmental flows research provides beneficial outcomes for the environment, water managers and the community

    Robyn Watts (Creator) & Skye Wassens (Creator)

    Impact: Environmental Impact, Public policy Impact, Cultural Impact