Friday, 27 April 2012
Natural Science researcher Professor Pierre Horwitz is featured in the latest Research@ECU series.
Professor Horwitz’s research examines water and the way we use it, the ecology of wetland ecosystems, community capacities and human well-being, and that these three dimensions are interdependent.
He is currently the coordinator for Wetlands and Human Health in the international Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, a Director of the Blackwood River Foundation regionally, and is supervising 12 PhD and Masters students on related topics.
Working with his colleagues Dr Bea Sommer and Dr Simon Judd in the School of Natural Sciences, and funded by the State Department of Water, Professor Horwitz has been involved in monitoring wetlands on the Gnangara groundwater system for the last 17 years.
Recently he initiated a major study of the large Lake MacLeod wetland system in the northwest of Western Australia, featuring the work of 2 PhD, 2 Masters and 2 Honours students over the period 2011-2014.
Professor Horwitz’s work complements other significant water and wetland research conducted in the School by a number of researchers including Associate Professor Ray Froend and Associate Professor Mark Lund, who together are making the Research Centre for Ecosystem Management one of the most productive and recognised hubs in Australia for wetland research.