River waterholes are a critical refuge for aquatic plants and animals when rivers stop flowing and are also highly valued by local communities. Unfortunately waterholes are also vulnerable to increasing water demands, uncontrolled stock access, fishing pressure and the effects of climate change. This study has sought to understand how waterholes in northern Australia respond to such pressures
Jardine, T., Hunt, R., Faggotter, S., Valdez, D., Burford, M., & Bunn, S. (2013). Carbon from periphyton supports fish biomass in waterholes of a wet–dry tropical river. River Research and Applications, 29(5), 560-573. doi: 10.1002/rra.2554
Ward, D., Hamilton, S., Jardine, T., Pettit, N., Tews, E., Olley, J., & Bunn, S. (2013). Assessing the seasonal dynamics of inundation, turbidity, and aquatic vegetation in the Australian wet–dry tropics using optical remote sensing. Ecohydrology, 6(2), 312-323. doi: 10.1002/eco.1270
Pettit, N., Jardine, T., Hamilton, S., Sinnamon, V., Valdez, D., Davies, P., . . . Bunn, S. (n.d.). Seasonal changes in water quality and macrophytes and the impact of cattle on tropical floodplain waterholes. Marine and Freshwater Research, 63(9), 788-800. doi: 10.1071/MF12114
Jardine, T., Pettit, N., Warfe, D., Pusey, B., Ward, D., Douglas, M., . . . Bunn, S. (2012). Consumer–resource coupling in wet–dry tropical rivers. Journal of Animal Ecology, 81(2), 310-322. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2656.2011.01925.x
Jardine, T., Hunt, R., Pusey, B., & Bunn, S. (2011). A non-lethal sampling method for stable carbon and nitrogen isotope studies of tropical fishes. Marine and Freshwater Research, 62(1), 83-90. doi: 10.1071/MF10211
The project was led by Professor Stuart Bunn from Griffith University. Professor Bunn was supported by researchers from Griffith University, CSIRO, University of Western Australia, Charles Darwin University and the Queensland and Northern Territory Governments.