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Dr Susan Gehrig - Research Fellow



Susan Gehrig is a Research Fellow based at The Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre in Mildura, Victoria, Australia. Her main research area of responsibility is determining the water requirements of our river, wetland and floodplain vegetation.

Dr Susan Gehrig research topics of special interest include:

  • Freshwater vegetation ecology
  • Ecophysiology
  • Floodplain woodlands


Prior to commencing at MDFRC Dr Susan Gehrig has held positions at: 

  • South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) 7 years.
  • Science Teaching (Biological Sciences), University of Adelaide 7 years.
  • Environmental Auditor, Langford Consultants 4 months.
  • Project Leader, International Student Volunteers, Australia three two week projects
  • Data Analyst, Department of Primary industries and Resources of South Australia (PIRSA, Agriculture, Food and Wine) 5 months.
  • Consultant (Research), Department for Water, Land and Biodiversity Conservation 1 year
  • Postgraduate Representative, University of Adelaide, 1 year

Susan first joined The Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre in October 2016 where she will work on the Murray–Darling Basin Environmental Water Knowledge and Research project for the vegetation theme, and the Cultural Science Research project, working with the Barkindji Maraura Elders Environment Team (BMEET).

Academic Qualifications

  • Graduate Diploma in Business Information Management from University of South Australian 2012 (continuing)
  • PhD from University of Adelaide, under the supervision of Assoc. Profs Jennifer Watling and George Ganf in 2010
  • Honours (Environmental Biology) from University of Adelaide, under the supervision of Dr Russell Sinclair, in 2000
  • Bachelor of Science (Botany and Zoology), in 1999

Professional activities, working groups and committee memberships

  • Expert Consultant on the Black Box Working Group (Commonwealth Environmental Water Office)
  • Technical Advisor on the Murray-Darling Basin and Joint Venture Steering Committee for Basin-Scale Tree/stand condition Modelling
  • Local Organising Committee for the Ecological Society of Australia Conference, Adelaide, 2014-2015
  • Pike Floodplain Steering Committee, 2012-2014
  • Committee Member for Nature Conservation Society of South Australia,2009-2011
  • Local Organising Committee member, School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Adelaide, 2003 – 2004
  • Postgraduate and Research Committee member, School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Adelaide, 2003-2004
  • Teaching and IT committee member, School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Adelaide, 2003-2004
  • Committee member of the National Trust of South Australia, 1999-2001


For access to Susan Gehrig's publications visit our electronic library or google scholar