Dr Ryan Burrows, Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University
See Ryan’s full research profile here.
What are your research interests as they relate to northern Australia?
I’m interested in understanding how ecosystems work, particularly how aquatic ecosystems are effected by changes in their watershed. I research processes of fundamental ecological importance such as primary productivity, organic matter decomposition and trophic interactions. In northern Australia, I have been trying to better understand how freshwater food webs work and how important groundwater is for surface-water ecosystems.
What do you love about working in northern Australia?
I love the isolation and the fact that most ecosystems remain free of large-scale human disturbance. I also love the people and the wonderful sense of community. My favourite place to work and play in northern Australia is the Kimberley – it’s vast and the colours are unlike anywhere on Earth.