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Professor, Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University

Stuart is a senior member of the Australian Rivers Institute at Griffith University and, until July 2022, was the founding Director. His major research interests are in the ecology of river and wetland systems with a particular focus on the science to underpin river management. Stuart has extensive experience working with international and Australian government agencies and industry on water resource management issues and has been an active member and chair of state and national science advisory committees. Stuart is currently a member of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority and has previously served as a National Water Commissioner and as a Director of Land and Water Australia. In 2019, he was appointed to the Earth Commission, hosted by Future Earth, and in 2022 was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.


  • 1999–present
    Professor in Ecology, Griffith University
  • 1999–2002
    Director, Land and Water Australia
  • 1988–1998
    Lecturer - A/Professor, Griffith University


  • 1986 
    University of Western Australia, PhD
  • 1980 
    University of Western Australia, BSc Hons Zoology

Research Areas

  • Freshwater Ecology (060204)
  • Ecosystem Function (050102)


Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science