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Research interests

  • Ecology, restoration and management of river and floodplain environments
  • Socio-ecological systems
  • Ecohydrology
  • Adaptive environmental management

Personal profile

Professor Robyn Watts conducts research on the ecology, management and restoration of aquatic ecosystems. Her major interests include biodiversity, connectivity, flow-ecology relationships and river rehabilitation through altered flow management practices, especially through changing the operation of weirs and dams and delivery of environmental water. She has led multidisciplinary research teams and with colleagues has obtained over $9M funding of competitive research grants and consultancies from a range of different funding organizations including the Australian Research Council, National Water Commission, Land and Water Australia, Murray-Darling Basin Authority, Commonwealth Environmental Water Office and state government and catchment management agencies. Her research has helped improve the management and restoration of regulated river systems.

Professional Information

External Appointments & Memberships:

  • Edward-Wakool Environmental Water Reference Group (member)
  • Murray and District Dissolved Oxygen Group (member)
  • Edward-Wakool Operations Advisory Group (member)
  • Australian Society of Limnology (member)
  • Australian Ecological Society (member)
  • International Society of River Science (member)

Editorial roles on journals:

  • Guest Editor Environmental Management special issue ‘Adaptive management of environmental water’ published in 2018


  • BIO323 River and Floodplain Ecology
  • BIO401 River and Floodplain Ecology
  • BIO402 River Restoration and Protection


Education/Academic qualification

University of Western Australia


University of Western Australia


External positions

Member, Environmental Water Scientific Advisory Committee

Nov 2008Dec 2014

Fisheries Biologist

Dec 1991Jul 1995

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Research Output

  • When trends intersect: the challenge of protecting freshwater ecosystems under multiple land use and hydrological intensification scenarios

    Davis, J., O'Grady, A., Arthington, A. H., Gell, P., Driver, P., Bond, N., Casanova, M., Finlayson, C., Watts, R., Capon, S., Nagerkerken, I., Tingley, R., Fry, B., Page, T., Specht, A., Dale, A., Finlayson, M. & Nagelkerken, I., Nov 2015, In : Science of the Total Environment. 534, p. 65-78 14 p.

    Charles Sturt University, Charles Darwin University

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