BSc, Deakin University Warrnambool campus, 2011-2014
Alex’s research interests are in the field of freshwater ecology. He is currently working on his honours project titled ‘Variability in Australian temperate freshwater wetland carbon stocks’. We aim to identify the within wetland variability in carbon stocks to help improve sampling designs for carbon stock assessment projects. This project will also undertake one of the first carbon stock assessments of freshwater ephemeral wetlands in Australia. Alex has also been involved in work looking to identify rapid indicators of freshwater wetland health. Functional processes such as organic matter decomposition can indicate a systems health, but they are time consuming and costly to monitor. This work aims to identify water quality variables which can be used as ‘rapid indicators’ of wetland functional processes.
- Christopher Michael Oakley Award from the School of Life and Environmental Science at Deakin University, 2015, for academic excellence and commitment to marine science.
- AINSE Research Grant awarded by the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering program for the project ‘Variability in Australian temperate freshwater wetland carbon stocks, 2015
- Honours scholarship awarded by the AINSE program for the project ‘Variability in Australian temperate freshwater wetland carbon stocks, 2015
- Fieldwork expeditions: Wetland stocks in southwest Victoria and population estimates of humpback whale populations along Eastern Australian coast.