Research Staff

Prof Tim Fletcher (The University of Melbourne)
Tim has expertise in stormwater quality, treatment and impacts, with research focused on modelling stormwater flows, quality and the performance of novel stormwater treatment and harvesting systems. He has been involved in a range of green infrastructure such as biofiltration, infiltration and green roofs.
For more information visit Tim’s website or email: 

Assoc Prof Chris Walsh (The University of Melbourne)
Chris is a stream ecologist whose research asks how landscapes, and human activities in them, affect the ecological structure and function of streams and rivers.  His primary projects have aimed to guide land and water management practices that permit the restoration and conservation of stream ecosystems, often in concert with other co-benefits.
For more information visit Chris’s UoM Page, his website for online tools or email: 

Dr Yung En Chee (The University of Melbourne)
Yung is a quantitative applied ecologist. Her research interests include spatial and ecological modelling, decision analysis, reasoning under uncertainty and interdisciplinary research. She works on how ideas and methods from these fields can be integrated to improve conservation and environmental decision making.
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Dr Stephanie Lavau (The University of Melbourne)
Stephanie Lavau is a Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Environmental Practice. Her research and teaching focus on social and cultural aspects of environment management, knowledge and governance, particularly in relation to ecosystem health, environmental risk, biodiversity conservation, and natural resource management.
For more information visit Stephanie’s website or email: 

Dr Rhys Coleman (Melbourne Water)
Rhys is an aquatic ecologist who currently manages the waterways and wetlands research program at Melbourne Water – including projects relating to the stormwater management, protection of aquatic biodiversity, vegetation management, aquatic recreation and public health, environmental flows, and catchment impacts on estuaries and bays. He has 17 years industry experience as both a manager and researcher, such as the coordination of waterway monitoring and investigation programs, development of waterway management strategies and industry partner for a number of collaborative research projects and centers.
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Dr Matthew Burns (The University of Melbourne)
Matt is a hydrologist working on the links between urban stormwater and stream degradation. His interests are in a range of environmental fields, specifically in catchment hydrology, the modelling and performance of stormwater source-control measures, and ecohydrology
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Dr Samantha Imberger (The University of Melbourne)
Samantha is a freshwater ecologist interested in the effects of landuse change and other anthropogenic impacts on aquatic systems. She is particularly interested in the effects of urbanisation on organic matter dynamics and both ecosystem structure and function. She undertakes both experimental and observational research that informs and guides policy and ecosystem management.
For more information visit Sam’s website or email: 

Mr Hugh Duncan (The University of Melbourne/Melbourne Water)
Hugh is a hydrologist seconded to the MWRPP from Melbourne Water, with experience in water supply, forest hydrology, water demand management, urban hydrology, waterways, and hydrologic modelling.
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Dr Fiona Ede (The University of Melbourne)
Fiona is an restoration ecologist with a focus on riparian areas. She has worked on several projects in collaboration with management agencies, from assessing impacts of invasive plant species on seedling recruitment, through to evaluating riparian fencing and revegetation programs. She is particularly interested in improving the outcomes of revegetation activities, with her current research focused on testing the potential of direct seeding as a revegetation technique for Melbourne Water.
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Dr Joe Greet (The University of Melbourne)
Joe is a wetland ecologist who hopes his research will improve our ability to protect and restore wetland environments. His current research projects include: assessing the response of swamp forests to hydrological restoration within the Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve; ecology-informed control of invasive wetland plants including Phragmites, Phalaris arundinacea and Kunzea; modelling to predict deer impacts on riparian vegetation within Victoria; and maximising prospects of direct seeding as means of revegetating riparian environments.


For more information visit Joe’s website or email: 

Dr Chris Szota (The University of Melbourne)
Chris is a plant ecophysiologist, working on selecting plants and substrates which improve the performance of stormwater control measures including: green roofs, street tree pits and raingardens. His research activities include monitoring systems in the field, glasshouse experiments and development of models which describe both stormwater retention and plant performance.
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Dr Darren Bos (The University of Melbourne)
Darren is an ecologist with extensive community engagement experience, especially the administration of financial incentives and community grant programs that are aimed at improving environmental condition. In addition to his research, Darren coordinates the knowledge exchange activities of the partnership.
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