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Climate change is altering the distribution of organisms and the structure of ecosystems across the globe, and one of the most dramatically effected biomes are wetlands. My research has explored the impact of climate change across different types of wetlands- from coastal wetlands impacted by sea-level rise, to freshwater wetlands subject to the dual stressors of altered climatic conditions and water extraction. Our team has identified new approaches to wetland management, drawing attention to the benefits of carbon sequestration (“blue carbon”) in coastal wetlands, and pioneering tools helping river managers better accommodate the needs of wetlands when planning water allocations. This work has proceeded in partnership with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, ANSTO, the University of Wollongong, the US Geological Survey, and Beijing Forestry University.

Education/Academic qualification

Biogeography, PhD, University of Sydney

External positions

Senior Principal Research Science and Senior Team Leader, Water and Wetlands, Office of Environment and Heritage, NSW

1 Jan 201217 Feb 2015

Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO

1 Jul 201130 Jun 2012

Head, Rivers and Wetlands Unit, Office of Environment and Heritage, NSW

1 Feb 20071 Jan 2012

Associate Professor and Director, Centre for Environmental Restoration and Stewardship, Australian Catholic University

1 Jan 200431 Jan 2006

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, Australian Catholic University

21 Feb 199431 Dec 2003

Lecturer , University of Sydney

1 Jan 199331 Dec 1993

Lecturer, University of New South Wales

1 Jan 198731 Dec 1987

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Projects 2015 2022

Expanding environmental sample analysis with the Thermogravimetric analyser

Saintilan, N.


Project: ResearchFaculty Grant (FBE, FSE and FHS ONLY)


Decadal scale patterns of carbon accumulation and preservation in mangroves

Saintilan, N., Lamont, K. & Zawadzki, A.


Project: Research

Does tidal restoration lead to carbon sequestration gains by coastal wetlands?

Kelleway, J., Gadd, P., Zawadzki, A., Saintilan, N., Heijnis, H., Rogers, K. & Owers, C.

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Project: Research

Research Output 1997 2018

Carbon isotope fractionation in the mangrove Avicennia marina has implications for food web and blue carbon research

Kelleway, J. J., Mazumder, D., Baldock, J. A. & Saintilan, N. 31 May 2018 In : Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 205, p. 68-74 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

isotope fractionation
Avicennia marina
food webs

Climate change impacts on the coastal wetlands of Australia

Saintilan, N., Rogers, K., Kelleway, J. J., Ens, E. & Sloane, D. R. 23 Feb 2018 In : Wetlands. 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

coastal wetland
Climate change
Sea level
landscape position
biomass production
Eucalyptus camaldulensis

Reproduction of the mangrove species Rhizophora stylosa Griff. at its southern latitudinal limit

Wilson, N. C. & Saintilan, N. Dec 2018 In : Aquatic Botany. 151, p. 30-37 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Rhizophora stylosa

Rising tides, rising gates: the complex ecogeomorphic response of coastal wetlands to sea-level rise and human interventions

Sandi, S. G., Rodríguez, J. F., Saintilan, N., Riccardi, G. & Saco, P. M. Apr 2018 In : Advances in Water Resources. 114, p. 135-148 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

coastal wetland