Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre
PhD, BSc (Hons)
Area of study
Environmental Management and Ecology
Susan has in-depth knowledge and demonstrated research experience in the ecology of river, floodplain and wetlands flora. Her specific areas of expertise include investigating the ecological and ecophysiological responses of inland water vegetation to changing flow regimes and the possible impacts of altered flow regimes to ecosystem function. She has designed, led and managed a diverse range of projects in scientific experimental research, field surveys and ongoing site condition monitoring in remote field locations. She regularly provides expert professional and technical advice to government, natural resource managers, non-government organisations, primary industry partners and community groups. This supports decision making for national, state and regional environmental water use requirements of vegetation communities, site/habitat assessments and monitoring, flora identification and invasive species ecology. Susan first joined The Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre in October 2016 where she will work on the Murray–Darling Basin Environmental Water Knowledge and Research project for the vegetation theme to help increase understanding of water requirements of vegetation types at the Murray-Darling Basin-wide scale. She will also be working on the Cultural Science Research project, working with the Barkindji Maraura Elders Environment Team (BMEET) to understand how managed burning and watering can increase sources of bush tucker and cultural resources.
Gehrig, S, Harding, C, Turner, D, Nicol, J, Clarke, K, Clark, M, Deane, D, Aldridge, K, Brookes, J, Ostendorf, B and Lewis, M 2015, ‘Developing ecological response models and determining water requirements for wetlands in the South-East of South Australia: Task 1: Data review and methodological framework.’ Goyder Institute for Water Research Technical Report Series No. 15/23, Adelaide, South Australia
Deane, D, Harding, C, Brookes, J, Gehrig, S, Turner, D, Nicol, J,Clarke, K, Clark, M, Aldridge, K, Ostendorf, B and Lewis, M 2015, ‘Developing ecological response models and determining water requirements for wetlands in the South-East of South Australia: Synthesis Report’, Goyder Institute for Water Research Technical Report Series No. 15/24 Adelaide, South Australia
Gehrig, S. L., Frahn, K. A. and Nicol, J. M. (2016). Monitoring the response of littoral and floodplain vegetation and soil moisture flux to weir pool raising – 2015. South Australian Research and Development Institute (Aquatic Sciences), Adelaide. SARDI Publication No. F2015/000390-2. SARDI Research Report Series No. 899. 82pp.
Jellinek, S., Te, T., Gehrig, S.L., Stewart, H. and Nicol, J.M. (2016). Facilitating the restoration of aquatic plant communities in a Ramsar wetland. Restoration Ecology 24, 528-537.
Nicol, J. M., Gehrig S. L. and Frahn, K. A. (2015). Establishment success and benefits to the aquatic plant community of planting Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani around the shorelines of lakes Alexandrina and Albert – 2015. South Australian Research and Development Institute (Aquatic Sciences), Adelaide. SARDI Publication No. F2013/000414-3. SARDI Research Report Series No. 846. 48pp.
Gehrig, S. L. and Frahn, K. A. (2015). Investigating use of drip irrigation to improve condition of black box (Eucalyptus largiflorens) woodlands. Phase III: Variable Watering regime. South Australian Research Institute (Aquatic Sciences), Adelaide. SARDI Publication No. F2013/000438-3. SARDI Research Report Series No. 845. 55pp.
Bice, C.M., Gehrig, S.L., Zampatti, B.P., Nicol, J.M., Wilson, P., Leigh, S.L. and Marsland, K. (2014). Flow-induced alterations to fish assemblages, habitat and fish–habitat associations in a regulated lowland river. Hydrobiologia, 722, 205-222.