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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.

Research interests

Response of wetlands to climate change, including sea-level rise, elevated atmospheric CO2, temperature, hydrological modification. Geomorphology and landscape evolution in the coastal zone. 


Link through to Saintilan et al. (2020) Thresholds of mangrove response to rapid sea-level rise. Science. 368(6495) 1118-1121

Education/Academic qualification

Biogeography, PhD, Mangrove ecology and biomass in two east coast Australian estuaries, University of Sydney

Award Date: 1 Feb 1996

External positions

Senior Principal Research Science and Senior Team Leader, Water and Wetlands, Office of Environment and Heritage, NSW - ABN Cancelled 30 June 22

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 - ABN Cancelled 30 June 22

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, The University of New South Wales

1 Jan 198731 Dec 1987


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