Stuart Bunn
Griffith University


Stuart Bunn profile photoProfessor Stuart Bunn, Regional Node Coordinator

Director, Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University

See Stuart’s full research profile here.

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Research outputs for policy change and decision-making

  • Project leader of the “Building catchment resilience project”, funded by The Ian Potter Foundation, Queensland Government and industry partners (2018-2021). This project is developing tools to underpin large-scale investment in catchment restoration and we are working with government and industry to identify enabling platforms to sustain this.
  • From 2005-2010, co-led the development of the Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge Programme (TRaCK) and contributed to the programme as Deputy Director, Program Leader and manager of the Queensland Node. The work has continued under the NERP and NESP programs and has guided sustainable management of water resources across northern Australia.
  • From 2001-2003, developed and tested indicators for the freshwater component of the Ecosystem Health Monitoring Program (EHMP) for the Healthy Waterways Partnership in Queensland. The freshwater EHMP was implemented in 2002 and underpins the freshwater component of the highly-acclaimed annual Report Card. This approach has also underpinned the development of the Lake Eyre Basin River Assessment and informed ecosystem health monitoring initiatives in China and for the UNEP’s water quality guidelines for ecosystems..
  • Over the past two decades, played a leading role in the development of approaches to assess the environmental flow needs for rivers and wetlands, leading to several highly cited that synthesised current understanding of flow-ecology relationships, and has led to the development of a framework for developing regional environmental flow standards (Freshwater Biology 55, 147-70), which are being successfully used by water planning agencies overseas (eg USA and China).
  • Co-led Land and Water Australia’s successful national R&D program on Riparian Lands (1994-99) and research lead in Phase 2 (2001-06). Major contributor to the widely used Riparian Technical Guidelines (Lovett & Price eds, 1999; 2007), fact sheets and training workshops across the country.
  • NESP Northern Hub projects: Environmental water needs for the Mitchell River, Links between Gulf rivers and coastal productivity, and Applying knowledge of river flow–ecology links.

Current academic employment and positions

  • Director, Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University 2010 – Present
  • Member, Murray-Darling Basin Authority, 2018 – Present (Acting Chair January – August, 2020)
  • Professor, School of Environment and Science, Griffith University, 1988 – Present

Highest Qualification

  • 1986: PhD, University of Western Australia

Major Prizes, Medals and Honours

  • 2015, Ecological Society of America, Honorary Member Award
  • 2010, Griffith University, Vice Chancellor’s Research Excellence Award
  • 2007, Australian Society for Limnology Medal
  • 2001, Healthy Waterways Science Award

Roles on government or regional organisation committees

  • Member, Murray-Darling Basin Authority, since 2018
  • Member, Threatened Species Scientific Committee (2014-18)
  • Chair, Science Committee, Healthy Land and Water (2011-2019);
  • Lead Author, Working Group 2 (Terrestrial and Inland Water Systems), IPCC AR5, (2010-13).
  • Member, Advisory Committee for Social, Economic and Environmental Science, MDBA (2012-18;
  • National Water Commission; Commissioner (2008-12; Acting Chair April-June 2012)
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Panel, Lake Eyre Basin Ministerial Council (2001-07; Chair 2008-11);

Links with non-government groups or networks

  • Commissioner, Earth Commission, Future Earth (since 2019)
  • Member, International Planning Committee, Sustainable Water Future Programme (since 2015).

My Projects

Current projectCompleted project
NESP, 2015-2021NERP, 2012-2015TRaCK, 2005-present