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Kirstie's research focuses on fluvial geomorphology, in particular river evolution, sediment budgets and landscape (dis)connectivity, and human disturbance to rivers. She has also developed frameworks for assessing the physical condition and recovery potential of river systems. She is co-developer of the River Styles Framework and and a portfolio of professional development short courses (see www.riverstyles.com). Her research also focuses on how geomorphology provides a physical template for ecosystem function and how science can be better used in environmental management. She has also undertaken research on heavy metal contamination at Casey and Wilkes stations in Antarctica. She has co-written and/or edited three books titled "Geomorphology and River Management" (Blackwell, 2005), "River Futures" (Island Press, 2008) and "Geomorphic Analysis of River Systems: An Approach to Reading the landscape" (Wiley, 2013). Kirstie is on the Editorial Board of the journal Geomorphology and a winner of the Gordon Warwick medal for excellence in research.

Education/Academic qualification

Fluvial Geomorphology and River Management, Doctor of Philosophy, Macquarie University

Fluvial Geomorphology, Bachelor of Science (Honours), Macquarie University

Physical Geography and Resource and Environmental Management, Bachelor of Science, Macquarie University

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  • How to spot and support a river champion

    Mould, S., Fryirs, K., Lovett, S. & Howitt, R., 24 Jun 2020, Advanced Science News.

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    Identifying threshold responses of Australian dryland rivers to future hydroclimatic change

    Larkin, Z. T., Ralph, T. J., Tooth, S., Fryirs, K. A. & Carthey, J. . R., 20 Apr 2020, In : Scientific Reports. 10, 1, p. 1-15 15 p., 6653.

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    Fryirs, K., Erkeling, G., Stouthamer, E. & Hargitai, H., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Encyclopedia of planetary landforms. Hargitai, H. & Kereszturi, Á. (eds.). 2nd ed. Springer, Springer Nature

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