- Professor Stuart Bunn is Deputy Director, Tropical Rivers & Coastal Knowledge (TRaCK), the Director, Australian Rivers Institute, and Professor in Ecology, Griffith University.
Stuart's major research interests are in the ecology of river and wetland systems with a focus on the science to underpin river restoration and management (including development of tools to assess environmental flow needs and aquatic ecosystem health). He has played a lead role in the development and successful implementation of several large, collaborative national research programs aimed at the improved management of Australia’s aquatic ecosystems, including the ‘National Riparian Lands Program’ (1994-2006), CRCFE ‘Dryland River Refugia’ project (2000-05), and SEQ Healthy Waterways ‘Freshwater Ecosystem Health Monitoring Program’ (2000-10). He led the Restoration Ecology Program for the CRC for Freshwater Ecology from 1999-2003 and was Director of Research from 2003-05.
He currently leads the ‘Food webs and biodiversity’ theme for the TRaCK CERF Hub of which he is Deputy Director of TRaCK. He is the convenor of the NCCARF Network for Water Resources and Freshwater Biodiversity. This research has attracted over $20m in collaborative R&D funding, including grants from ARC, L&WA, Qld Smart State, CERF, and CRCs. Stuart has extensive experience working with international and Australian government agencies on water resource management issues. He is a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the Global Water System Project, the Chair of the Scientific Advisory Panel for the Lake Eyre Basin Ministerial Council, Deputy Chair of the Scientific Expert Panel for the Southeast Queensland Healthy Waterways Partnership and, in 2008, was appointed as an Australian National Water Commissioner. In 2007, Professor Bunn was awarded the Australian Society for Limnology Medal “in recognition of his outstanding contribution to research and management of Australia’s inland waters”.