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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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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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Connectivity as an emergent property of geomorphic systems

Wohl, E., Brierley, G., Cadol, D., Coulthard, T. J., Covino, T., Fryirs, K. A., Grant, G., Hilton, R. G., Lane, S. N., Magilligan, F. J., Meitzen, K. M., Passalacqua, P., Poeppl, R. E., Rathburn, S. L. & Sklar, L. S., Jan 2019, In : Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. 44, 1, p. 4-26 23 p.

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  • 31 Citations (Scopus)

    Engaging with research impact assessment for an environmental science case study

    Fryirs, K. A., Brierley, G. J. & Dixon, T., 4 Oct 2019, In : Nature Communications. 10, p. 1-10 10 p., 4542.

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    Mapping valley bottom confinement at the network scale

    O'Brien, G. R., Wheaton, J. M., Fryirs, K., Macfarlane, W. W., Brierley, G., Whitehead, K., Gilbert, J. & Volk, C., 1 Jul 2019, In : Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. 44, 9, p. 1828-1845 18 p.

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  • 7 Citations (Scopus)