Melanie Blanchette

Research Fellow in Freshwater Science, Edith Cowan University

Melanie is a freshwater ecologist, specialising in the biology and function of seasonal/intermittent river systems. Her current research examines how to use the microbiome to monitor and decrease the effects of mining on aquatic systems.

Recognition & Activities

Since receiving her PhD in 2013, Melanie has won two Category 1 (Australian competitive) research grants (one as Principal Investigator) examining the impact of mining on rivers. In 2015 she co-won the Edith Cowan University Vice-Chancellor’s award for Engagement in Research. Her research has been published in international journals, and in 2016 she published an essay in Science. Melanie’s experience in mine water research resulted in nomination as a consultant to the Australian Bioregional Assessment Program – a national government body examining potential impacts of coal seam gas and coal mining developments on water resources. She was also selected to present her microbiome research at the 2016 Australian Academy of Science ‘Frontiers’ conference. Her microbiome research has appeared in local and national media outlets and she presents to industry, community, and scientific bodies internationally.


2015. ECU Vice-Chancellor’s Staff Award for Engagement in Research, Edith Cowan University, For “significant contribution to mine water research and engaging with the mining industry to improve the environmental legacy of open-cut mining."

Professional memberships

International Mine Water Association


  • 2013–present
    Research fellow in Freshwater Science, Edith Cowan University


  • 2013 
    James Cook University, PhD