The Waterway Ecosystem Research Group (WERG) is a group of researchers studying interactions between landscapes and running waters. We aim to generate knowledge and tools for achieving healthy streams and rivers in urban and rural landscapes.

The group is made up of ecologists, hydrologists, chemists, geomorphologists and social scientists. Combined, these skills allow us to undertake novel interdisciplinary research, as well as fundamental and applied research within each of our own disciplines.

Our research ranges from laboratory studies (e.g. development and testing of stormwater management technologies) through to modelling (e.g development and application of hydrologic, hydraulic and ecological models) and field-based research (e.g. examination of drivers of ecological and geomorphic condition of running waters, at whole-of-catchment scale). We work in close collaboration with other researchers from around the world, as well as our industry partners.

NEW PhD Project: Predicting geomorphic change in urban streams from big data.

An exciting opportunity to work with Dr Kathy Russell and Professor Tim Fletcher on a project to develop predictive models of channel morphologic change, including evolution of ecologically-relevant geomorphic metrics, in response to catchment and river corridor urbanization. Thic scholarship is being offered through The University of Melbourne, Waterway Ecosystem Research Group. More details at