Research Areas and Interests
Dr Bea Sommer
Post Doctoral Research Fellow
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- SCI2257 - Relief teaching for Water & Wetlands management
Selected research projects:
- Eco-hydrological study of groundwater-dependent vegetation communities on the Gnangara mound
- Impact of Acid Sulfate Soils on freshwater ecosystems of southwest Western Australia
- Wetland biodiversity investigation (Gnangara Sustainability Study)
- Wetland macroinvertebrate monitoring program of the Gnangara Mound Environmental Monitoring
- 'Macroinvertebrate Monitoring Program Gnangara Mound'
- ‘Water chemistry and invertebrate responses to fire in wetlands with pyritic organic rich soils on the Swan Coastal Plain’
- ‘Effects of mine discharge water on wetland species, Jangardup and Jangardup South’
- ‘Predictive modelling of wetland response to changing water quality and quantity’
- ‘Survey of receiving wetlands, and impacts of dewatering discharge for the Cuddingwarra prospect’
- Australian Society for Limnology (ASL)
- Society for International Limnology (SIL)
- Australia Water and Waste Water Association (AWWA)
- Royal Society of WA
- Conservation Council of W.A.
- Birds Australia WA Group
Awards and Recognition
- Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)
- Edith Cowan PhD Top-up Scholarship
- Certificate of Merit: Undergraduate Water Prize (AWWA) (1998)
- NSW Murray Wetlands Working Group student prize for Excellence in Wetland Management Research (Albury, 2006)
Research Areas and Interests
- Ecological Water Requirements of aquatic fauna and flora
- Wetland ecology
- Wetland sediment/water interactions
- Aquatic macroinvertebrates
- Effects of climate change on aquatic ecosystems
- Wetland management
- Acid Sulfate Soils (particularly in relation to drought-induced acidification of wetlands)
- Impact of mining operations (mainly de-watering) on aquatic ecosystems
- Nutrient and carbon cycling in wetlands
- Chemistry and ecology of humic wetland systems
- Effects of fire on wetland sediments, water quality and ecology
- Hydroecology of groundwater dependent vegetation; and
- Ecological risk assessment
- Bachelor of Science, Edith Cowan University .
- Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2007 .
Recent Research Grants
- The Development of Operational Rules for Management of Shallow Groundwater in Water Limited Ecosystems Project: Preliminary Works, Water Corporation, Grant, 2012 - 2016, $1,067,546.
- Ecohydrological Habitat Characterisation and Modelling to Improve Restoration Prioritisation and Outcomes within Former Pine Plantation Areas of the Gnangara Mound, Western Australia, Department of Environment and Conservation WA, Grant, 2012 - 2015, $146,314.
- Environmental Monitoring and Investigations for the Gnangara and Jandakot Mounds - Macroinvertebrate and Water Quality Monitoring, Department of Water (WA), Tender, 2013 - 2014, $41,615.
- BHP Billiton Iron Ore (BHPBIO) Ecological Water Asset Project - Regional Ecohydrology Monitoring Network , BHP Billiton, Grant, 2013 - 2014, $266,342.
- Adapting to climate change: a risk assessment and decision framework for managing groundwater dependent ecosystems with declining water levels, Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF), 2012, $85,180.
- Identifying wetlands of significance within the Gnangara pine plantations - Evaluation of general landscape and land-use attributes (Step 1) and habitat attributes and socio-political values (Step 2), Sandbourne Holdings , Grant, 2012 - 2013, $26,791.
- Applying remotely sensed estimates of evapotranspiration to contrast water-use patterns of vegetation on the Gnangara mound: a heavily utilised groundwater resource., Edith Cowan University, ECU Early Career Researcher - Grant, 2011 - 2012, $20,777.
- Project 4.1 - Wetland Macroinvertebrates and Water Quality (Gnangara Mound), Department of Water (WA), Grant, 2008 - 2012, $184,031.
- Structural Characterization of Suspended Detrital Floc in the Yanchep Wetland Suite, Swan Coastal Plain, Western Australia, Edith Cowan University, ECU Early Career Researcher - Grant, 2008 - 2013, $19,545.
- Identifying wetlands of significance within the Gnangara pine plantations; a desktop assessment, Sandbourne Holdings , Grant, 2011, $44,486.
- Physico-chemical and biological consequences of lower ground- and surface water levels at Loch McNess, Yanchep National Park, Department of Environment and Conservation WA, Grant, 2011, $7,000.
- Assessment of Wetland Invertebrate & Fish Biodiversity for the Gnangara Sustainability Study, Department of Environment and Conservation WA, Grant, 2008, $23,715.
Recent Publications (within the last five years)
- Sommer, B., Froend, R., (2011), Resilience of phreatophytic vegetation to groundwater drawdown: Is recovery possible under a drying climate?. Ecohydrology, 4(1), 67-82, DOI: 10.1002/eco.124.
- Froend, R., Sommer, B., (2010), Phreatophytic vegetation response to climatic and abstraction-induced groundwater drawdown: Examples of long-term spatial and temporal variability in community response. Ecological Engineering, 36(9), 1191-2000, Amsterdam, DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2009.11.029.
- Sommer, B., Horwitz, P., (2009), Macroinvertebrate Cycles of Decline and Recovery in Swan Coastal Plain (Western Australia) Wetlands Affected by Drought Induced Acidification. Hydrobiologia: the international journal on limnology and marine sciences, 624(1), 191-203, The Netherlands, DOI: 10.1007/s10750-008-9692-6.
- Horwitz, P., Rogan, R., Halse, S., Davis, J., Sommer, B., (2009), Wetland Invertebrate Richness and Endemism on the Swan Coastal Plain,Western Australia. Marine and Freshwater Research, 60(10), 1006-1020, Australia, DOI: 10.1071/MF08204.