Researcher biography


Bachelor of Science (Honours 1)

Project title:

Species interactions in freshwater ecosystems in the context of changing disturbance regimes

Project description :

This project investigates food web dynamics in freshwater ecosystems. Specifically, it is a case study of the platypus, and the availability of its food resources. Platypuses consume a variety of freshwater invertebrates, including insect larvae, crustaceans and worms. This project aims to determine how instream diversity, abundance and biomass of these invertebrates affects platypus occurrence in south-east Queensland. In doing so, this research will inform future habitat restoration projects and conservation efforts targeted to the specific needs of the platypus.


Dr Annabel Smith, Dr Simon Hart, Dr Tamielle Brunt