Assoc Prof Chris Walsh

Department of Resource Management and Geography, University of Melbourne
p. (03) 9349 4218

Chris’ primary areas of interest include (1) stream ecology and the effects of catchment urbanisation, (2) ecological assessment of stream condition, (3) river restoration at the catchment scale, and (4) management of urban stormwater for river protection.
Chris is an international leader in research on the effects of urbanisation on the ecology of streams and rivers, with 13 years of research on the streams of Melbourne, funded largely by Melbourne Water and over 30 scientific papers published on the topic. He led the award-winning Cooperative Research Centre for Freshwater Ecology project, ‘Urbanisation and the Ecological Function of Streams’, which demonstrated that the most likely cause of the sad state of Melbourne’s creeks and rivers is urban stormwater runoff.

Chris’s involvement in the Centre for Water Sensitive Cities includes: