Dr Ross Thompson
Researcher (Aquatic Ecology) – Australian Centre for Biodiversity
Senior Lecturer – School of Biological Sciences, Monash University
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Ross is a senior lecturer in ecology within Monash University’s School of Biological Sciences, and Deputy-Director of the Australian Centre for Biodiversity, an Interdisciplinary Research Centre involving 25 researchers at Monash University, with a strong interest in applying principles of ecology to management and policy.
His research interests surround the ways in which biodiversity can be re-engineered into altered landscapes, concentrating on urban and rural land uses.
Ross’ background is in freshwater ecology, completing his PhD at the University of Otago in New Zealand in 2001, where he worked on the impacts of clearcut forestry on stream food webs. From there he worked for two years as a senior partner in a consulting firm, working particularly on the effects of contaminants and wastewater on freshwater and marine environments. In 2003 he was appointed as the Biodiversity Fellow at the Canadian Biodiversity Research Centre in Vancouver, moving in 2005 to Monash University to take up a lectureship in ecology.
At Monash University Ross heads a $1.4 million project investigating the effects of revegetating heavily degraded rural landscapes, and has recently completed an ARC Linkage project on wetland restoration. He is involved in the recently commenced CSIRO Flagship Cluster for Environmental Flows. He maintains a strong research profile in ecological theory, through funded collaborations with researchers in New Zealand, the USA and the United Kingdom. In 2004 this was recognised through the awarding of the British Ecological Society’s ‘Charles Elton Award’. Ross is on the editorial panel for the leading freshwater journal ‘Freshwater Biology’ and for ‘PLoS One Biology’.
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Ross is involved in Project P4 (Stream Ecology), within the Cities as Water Supply Catchments Program.