Research Areas and Interests
Dr Bea Sommer
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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
- Project 4.1 - Wetland Macroinvertebrates and Water Quality (Gnangara Mound), Dept of Water WA, Grant, 2011, $31,120.
- 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.
- Project 4.1 - Wetland Macroinvertebrates and Water Quality (Gnangara Mound), Dept of Water WA, Grant(**), 2010, $48,323.
- Project 4.1 - Wetland Macroinvertebrates and Water Quality (Gnangara Mound), Dept of Water WA, Grant, 2009, $28,750.
- Assessment of Wetland Invertebrate & Fish Biodiversity for the Gnangara Sustainability Study, Department of Environment & Conservation WA, Grant, 2008, $23,715.
- Project 4.1 - Wetland Macroinvertebrates and Water Quality (Gnangara Mound), Dept of Water WA, Grant, 2008, $28,750.
- The Effects of mine discharge water on wetland species, Jangardup and Jangardup South., Cable Sands (WA) Pty Ltd, Grant, 2004, $440.
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.