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Professor Pierre Horwitz

Professor

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 6304 5558, Email: p.horwitz@ecu.edu.au, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO19.333
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  6304 5558  
Facsimile: (61 8)  9400 5509  
Email: p.horwitz@ecu.edu.au   
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO19.333  

 

Current Teaching

  • Case Studies in Science
  • Catchment Health and Management
  • Water and Wetlands Management
  • Sustainable Water Resource Management
  • Current Issues in Natural Sciences (postgraduate unit)
  • Research Methods (Faculty-wide unit)
  • Honours and Postgraduate (Research) Coordinator

Background

  • 2011: Professor, Edith Cowan University
  • 2002-2011: Associate Professor, Edith Cowan University
  • 1995-2001: Senior Lecturer, Edith Cowan University
  • 1992-1994: Lecturer, Edith Cowan University
  • 1987-1991: Lecturer, University of Tasmania

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the Australian Society for Limnology (1983-)
  • Member Ecological Society of Australia (1995-)
  • Member National Tertiary Education Union (1992-)
  • Member International Association for Ecology & Health (2003-)
  • Member Bush Heritage Australia (1998-)
  • Member, Royal Society of Western Australia (1987-)
  • Member of the International Association of Astacology (1987-)

Awards and Recognition

Other

  • Founding Co-Editor, EcoHealth journal (ISI-listed)
  • Has held senior positions in the Australian Society for Limnology (ASL; including as its President for a two year term 1999-2001); in Bush Heritage Australia Inc., a philanthropic organisation; in the International Association for Ecology and Health (elected as the founding Vice-President in 2006 and served for four years); and as a Founding Director of the Blackwood River Foundation.
  • Appointed as theme coordinator (Wetlands and Human Health) for the Ramsar International Convention on Wetlands’ Scientific and Technical Review Panel for the 2009-2012 triennium, and has been selected for participation in other international scientific missions.
  • Dr Horwitz has also been recognised for excellence in postgraduate supervision, and has examined 16 PhD theses in the last 12 years.

Research Areas and Interests

  • Aquatic Ecology and Management
  • Health and Ecology; Ecosystem Health
  • Water and wetlands management
  • The formation, degradation and management of organic rich soils; the effects of fire regimes on soil and water quality
  • Taxonomy, biogeography and conservation status of aquatic invertebrates.
  • The effects of forestry, fire, agriculture and urbanisation on aquatic faunas and aquatic processes
  • Developing general indicators for the relationships between human health, community vitality and biophysical conditions of the environment
  • Developing community participation and involvement in aquatic environmental issues, natural resource management issues
  • Using narratives for landscape restoration and community capacity building in rural and regional areas

Staff Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Tasmania, 1986 .
  • Bachelor of Science Honours, The University of Western Australia, 1980 .

Research

Recent Research Grants

  • Dampier Salts sites and ponds and their importance for migratory and other shorebirds,  Dampier Salt Limited Perth Division,  Grant-Dampsalt,  2010 - 2014,  $394,997.
  • Foundational aspects for a research consortium on health, water and landscapes: a database and a learning network,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Development Grant,  2013 - 2014,  $80,624.
  • Environmental Monitoring and Investigations for the Gnangara and Jandakot Mounds - Macroinvertebrate and Water Quality Monitoring,  Department of Water (WA),  Tender,  2013 - 2014,  $41,615.
  • Rottnest Island Salt Lakes ? Feasibility of a Ramsar Site Nomination,  Rottnest Island Authority,  Grant,  2014,  $5,000.
  • Quantification of the Biodiversity of the Lake MacLeod Northern Ponds,  Dampier Salt Limited Perth Division,  Grant-Dampsalt,  2010 - 2014,  $433,711.
  • Management of Brine Disposal into Inland Ecosystems,  National Centre of Excellence in Desalination,  Grant - NCED,  2010,  $1,089,433.
  • A Cultural Geography of the Leschenault Estuary: A social values study,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2012 (Round 1),  2012,  $93,515.
  • The Social Ecology of Ningaloo Tourism,  Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation,  CSIRO - Scholarship,  2008 - 2011,  $75,000.
  • 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.
  • Project 4.1 - Wetland Macroinvertebrates and Water Quality (Gnangara Mound),  Department of Water (WA),  Grant,  2008 - 2012,  $184,031.
  • Characterisation of Fish Usage of Yarragadee Discharge Based on Water Chemistry,  Department of Water (WA),  Grant,  2007 - 2009,  $18,883.
  • Useability Index for the Swan Canning Riverpark,  Swan River Trust,  Grant,  2010,  $60,000.
  • Data Audit and Research Framework for the Northern Ponds of Lake MacLeod,  Dampier Salt Limited Perth Division,  Grant-Dampsalt,  2009 - 2010,  $25,000.
  • STCRC - Sustainable Resources Research Fellow,  CRC Centre for Sustainable Tourism,  Fellowship,  2008 - 2010,  $185,096.
  • Ecosystem Services and Productive Base in the Murray Darling Basin,  Murray Darling Freshwater Research Centre,  Grant,  2009 - 2010,  $10,000.
  • Wetland Macroinvertebrates and Water Quality (Northeast Gnangara Mound),  Department of Water (WA),  Grant,  2008 - 2009,  $14,375.
  • Surface and Interstitial Invertebrate Communities in Ephemeral Tributaries of the Blackwood River in the Region of the Yarragadee Aquifer Discharge Zone ,  Department of Water (WA),  Grant,  2008 - 2009,  $15,858.
  • An investigation of aquatic macro invertebrate occurrence and water quality at Lake Chandala (2009),  Department of Environment and Conservation WA,  Grant,  2009,  $6,494.
  • Surface and Interstitial Invertebrate Communities in in and Near Spearwood Creek, a Tributary of the Lower Blackwood River,  Department of Water (WA),  Grant,  2008 - 2009,  $18,534.
  • Australian Tourism in a Water Constrained Economy: Scoping Study - Research Agenda,  La Trobe University,  CRC - Grant,  2008 - 2009,  $15,000.
  • Evaluation of Training Techniques in Systems Thinking,  Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation,  CSIRO - Grant,  2009,  $3,000.
  • Surface and Interstitial Invertebrate Communities in Tributraties of the Blackwood River Receiving Discharge From the Leederville Aquifer,  Department of Water (WA),  Grant,  2008 - 2009,  $21,212.
  • Drafting Chapter for Gnangara Sustainability Strategy,  Department of Environment and Conservation WA,  Grant,  2008 - 2009,  $8,900.
  • Fire, organic soils and acidification,  Fire and Emergency Services Authority of WA,  Grant,  2006 - 2008,  $75,000.
  • Fire management implications for the wetlands on the Swan Coastal Plain,  Fire and Emergency Services Authority of WA,  Grant,  2006 - 2008,  $58,850.
  • Field studies into the biology and conservation requirements of Engaewa species in the South West and Warren DEC regions,  Department of Environment and Conservation WA,  Grant,  2006 - 2008,  $37,500.
  • Fish migration patterns in the Blackwood River,  Murdoch University,  Grant,  2005 - 2008,  $59,992.
  • Study of migration patterns, habitat and water requirements of fish and invertebrates in the Blackwood River,  Murdoch University,  Grant,  2007 - 2008,  $85,552.
  • Assessment of Wetland Invertebrate & Fish Biodiversity for the Gnangara Sustainability Study,  Department of Environment and Conservation WA,  Grant,  2008,  $23,715.
  • Stygofauna research monitoring,  Natural Resource Services Pty Ltd,  Grant,  2004 - 2008,  $16,800.
  • Field studies into the reproduction biology and conservation requirements of Hairy Marron in the South West DEC region,  Department of Environment and Conservation WA,  Grant,  2007 - 2008,  $13,100.
  • Environmental water requirements of priority water resources in the South Coastal Region,  Department of Water (WA),  Grant,  2006 - 2008,  $72,321.
  • Impact of Disturbed Acid Sulphate Soils on Freshwater Ecosystems, Western Australia,  Department of Water (WA),  Grant,  2007 - 2008,  $167,019.
  • Environmental Monitoring and Investigations for Gnangara Mound - Wetland Macroinvertebrate Monitoring,  Department of Water (WA),  Grant,  2007 - 2008,  $42,847.
  • Gnangara Mound Monitoring - macroinvertebrates,  Water and Rivers Commission WA,  Grant,  2000 - 2007,  $225,757.
  • Assisting recovery actions for Margaret River Marron,  South West Catchment Council,  Grant,  2006 - 2007,  $23,400.
  • A Participatory Approach to Understanding and Monitoring Soil Health,  Agriculture WA,  Grant,  2006 - 2007,  $2,500.
  • Biological assessment of the Milyeannup Heritage Site,  Bush Heritage Australia,  Grant,  2007,  $4,500.
  • Fish and crayfish migrations of the Blackwood River: Influence of surface and groundwater,  Department of Water (WA),  Grant,  2007,  $34,716.
  • Vulnerability of organic soils to fire,  Department of Conservation and Land Management,  Grant,  2004 - 2006,  $3,182.
  • Neerabup fire suppression research and monitoring,  Fire and Emergency Services Authority of WA,  Grant,  2006,  $22,920.
  • Indicators of ecosystem health in Western Australian recovery catchments,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (Projects),  2002 - 2005,  $203,048.
  • Investigation into the use of methoxyphenol and levoglucosan as biomarkers for woodsmoke exposure. ,  Department of Environment WA,  Grant,  2003 - 2004,  $23,100.
  • Establishing best practice protocols in the management of occupational and environmental health in a high risk mining and ore processing environment.,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,  2003 - 2004,  $40,000.
  • Inventory of the Aquatic Flora and Fauna of the Australian Bush Heritage Funds Kojonup Bush Block Wetlands,  World Wide Fund for Nature Australia,  Grant,  2002,  $17,357.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Books

  • Sommer, B., McGuinness, S., Froend, R., Horwitz, P., (2013), Assessing risks to groundwater dependent wetland ecosystems in a drying climate: an approach to facilitate adaptation to climate change. Adapting to climate change: a risk assessment and decision framework for managing groundwater dependent ecosystems with declining water levels, 84, Gold Coast, Australia.
  • Chambers, J., Nugent, G., Sommer, B., Speldewinde, P., Neville, S., Beatty, S., Chilcott, S., Eberhard, S., Mitchell, N., D'souza, F., Barron, O., McFarlane, D., Braimbridge, M., Robson, B., Close, P., Morgan, D., Pinder, A., Froend, R., Horwitz, P., Cook, B., Davies, P., (2013), Guidelines for use: Adapting to climate change: a risk assessment and decision making framework for managing groundwater dependent ecosystems with declining water levels., 68, Gold Coast, Australia.
  • Chambers, J., Nugent, G., Sommer, B., Speldewinde, P., Neville, S., Beatty, S., Chilcott, S., Eberhard, S., Mitchell, N., D'souza, F., Barron, O., McFarlane, D., Braimbridge, M., Robson, B., Close, P., Morgan, D., Pinder, A., Froend, R., Horwitz, P., Cook, B., Davies, P., (2013), Development and Case Studies: Adapting to climate change: a risk assessment and decision making framework for managing groundwater dependent ecosystems with declining water levels., 112, Gold Coast, Australia.
  • Crase, L., O'Keefe, S., Horwitz, P., Carter, M., Duncan, R., Hatton Macdonald, D., Haslam McKenzie, F., Gawne, B., (2010), Australian tourism in a water constrained economy: research agenda., 41, Gold Coast, Australia.

Book Chapters

  • Horwitz, P., Hanh, TT., Fevre, S., (2013), Sustainability. Ecohealth Trainer Manual, 222-254, Canada.
  • Wilcox, B., Aguirre, A., Horwitz, P., (2012), Ecohealth: Connecting Ecology, Health and Sustainability. New Directions in Conservation Medicine: Applied Cases of Ecological Health, 17-32, New York.
  • Horwitz, P., Carter, M., (2011), Access to Inland Waters for Tourism: Ecosystem Services and Trade-offs. Water Policy, Tourism and Recreation: Lessons from Australia, 52-66, London, UK.
  • Wardell-Johnson, G., Horwitz, P., (2009), The Science of Conservation Biology. Environmental Biology, 539-558, Port Melbourne, Australia.
  • Horwitz, P., Wardell-Johnson, G., (2009), Cultural Conservation Biology. Environmental Biology, 559-577, Port Melbourne, Australia.

Journal Articles

  • Horwitz, P., Finlayson, C., (2012), Water and Health: on the notion of a healthy wetland. Human Evolution, 27(1-3), 65-69, Firenze, Italy.
  • Horwitz, P., (2012), Erratum to: From Pillars to Principles: Affirming the Field of Ecohealth. EcoHealth, 1, DOI: 10.1007/s10393-012-0802-6.
  • Blake, D., Lu, K., Horwitz, P., Boyce, M., (2012), Fire suppression and burnt sediments: effects on the water chemistry of fire-affected wetlands. International Journal of Wildland Fire, 21(5), 557-561, Australia, DOI: 10.1071/WF10125.
  • Burnham, Q., Koenders, A., Horwitz, P., (2012), The status of the critically endangered freshwater crayfi sh Engaewa pseudoreducta (Crustacea: Parastacidae) in south-western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum, 27(1), 45-54, Perth Western Australia.
  • Hahn, MB., Barrett, MA., Horwitz, P., (2012), Student dialogues: EcoHealth offers a home to the interdisciplinary student. EcoHealth, 9(3), 241-242, DOI: 10.1007/s10393-012-0788-0.
  • Bertzeletos, D., Davis, R., Horwitz, P., (2012), Importance of Lake MacLeod, northwestern Australia, to shorebirds: a review and update. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia, 95(1), 115-124, Australia.
  • Boschetti, F., Yves-Hardy, P., Grigg, N., Horwitz, P., (2011), Can we learn how systems work?. Emergence: Complexity and Organisation. , 13(4), 47-62.
  • Cromie, R., Davidson, N., Galbraith, C., Hagemeijer, W., Horwitz, P., Lee, R., Mundkur, T., Stroud, D., (2011), Responding to Emerging Challenges: Multilateral Environmental Agreements and Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N1. Journal of International Wildlife Law & Policy, 14(3-4), 206?242, DOI: 10.1080/13880292.2011.626711.
  • Kumar, R., Horwitz, P., Milton, GR., Sellamuttu, S., Buckton, S., Davidson, N., Pattnaik, A., Zavagli, M., Baker, C., (2011), Assessing wetland ecosystem services and poverty interlinkages: a general framework and case study. Hydrological Sciences Journal, 56(8), 1602?1621, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02626667.2011.631496.
  • Horwitz, P., Finlayson, CM., (2011), Wetlands as settings for human health: Incorporating ecosystem services and health impact assessment into water resource management. BioScience, 61(9), 678-688, USA, DOI: 10.1525/bio.2011.61.9.6.
  • Horwitz, P., Spini, L., Campbell, K., Thomas, RJ., Mulongoy, J., (2011), The relationship between water, health and global environmental change, as interpreted through five key Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs). Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 3(6), 520-526, DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2011.10.001.
  • McCullough, C., Horwitz, P., (2010), Vulnerability of organic acid tolerant wetland biota to the effects of inorganic acidification. Science of the Total Environment, 408(8), 1868-1877, DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2010.01.034.
  • 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.
  • Schultz, M., Smith, S., Horwitz, P., Richardson, A., Crandall, K., Austin, C., (2009), Evolution underground: A molecular phylogenetic investigation of Australian burrowing freshwater crayfish (Decapoda: Parastacidae) with particular focus on Engaeus Erichson. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 50(3), 580-598, DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2008.11.025.
  • Parkes, M., Horwitz, P., (2009), Water, ecology and health: Ecosystems as settings for promoting health and sustainability. Health Promotion International, 24(1), 94-102, DOI: 10.1093/heapro/dan044.
  • 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.
  • Blake, D., Hinwood, A., Horwitz, P., (2009), Peat fires and air quality: volatile organic compounds and particulates. Chemosphere, 76(3), 419-423, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2009.03.047.

Conference Publications

  • Horwitz, P., (2010), The conservation status of freshwater crayfish: the basis for concern, listing and recovery processes, and community involvement. Freshwater Crayfish 17: Papers from the Seventeenth International Symposium on Freshwater Crayfish, 17(4-8 August, 2008), 1-12, Kuopio, Finland.
  • Chapman, K., Horwitz, P., Scherrer, P., Northcote, J., (2009), Tourism research to tourism practice: The need for adaptive institutions in Western Australia's Ningaloo region. Proceedings of the 18th Annual CAUTHE conference. See change: tourism and hospitality in a dynamic world, 8p., Western Australia.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Origin And Fate Of Organic Matter In South-west Australian Wetlands.
  • Master of Science (Environmental Management),  The Role Of Farm Dams As Refugia For Aquatic Invertebrates In A Salinized Landscape..
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Factors Controlling Wetland Sediment Response To Alternate Wetting And Drying And How This Affects Water Quality..
  • Aspects Of The Taxonomy And Ecology Of The Ground Beetle (coleoptera: Carabidae) Assemblage Of The Swan Coastal Plain (with Particular Reference To Habitat Fragmentation And The Quindalup Dune System).
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Factors Influencing The Capacity Of Communities To Respond To Coastal Erosion In The Uper Gulf Of Thailand..
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The Relationship Between The Meaning Of Water And Sense Of Place: A Grounded Theory Study From Northern Thailand..
  • Master of Science (Environmental Management),  Understanding And Disrupting Institutional Settings: Using Networks Of Conversations To Re-imagine Future Farming Lives..
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Terrestrial Isopods (crustacea: Oniscidea) And Biogeographical Patterns In South-western Australia..
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The Nature Of Urban Communities: An Exploration Of Relationships Between Urban Green Space, Environmental Connection And Health..
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Seeing Through Others' Eyes: Towards A Hybrid Ecology Of Marine Turtle And Dugong In Australia.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Seeing Through Others Eyes: Exploring Western Scientific And Indigenous Environmental Knowledge..
  • Master of Science (Environmental Management),  Participatory Approaches For Interpretation Planning In A World Heritage Area..
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Complexity & Creative Capacity: Reformulating The Problem Of Knowledge Transfer In Environmental Management..
  • Master of Science (Environmental Management),  Investigation Of The Replacement Of The Margaret River Hairy Marron Cherax Tenuimanus (smith 1912) By The Smooth Marron C.cainii (austin 2002)..
  • A Framework For River Restoration Planning. Considering Conceptual And Structural Perspectives From Case Studies Of The Liao River In China And Kalgan River In Australia.
  • Influence Of Adjacent Seagrass On The Fish Assemblages Off Sandy Beaches.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Inorganic Hydrogeochemical Responses To Fires In Wetland Sediments On The Swan Coastal Plain, Western Australia..

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Identification Of Social Water Requirements For Water Resource Planning..

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Justice And Scale In Water Allocation.
  • Evaluation Of Revegetation Techniques Used On Degraded Agricultural Land In The Central Avon Catchment, Western Australia.
  • Master of Science (Environmental Management),  Defining Appropriate Options For Post-closure Land Use Of Tamala Park Landfill: A Community Participation Process, Western Australia.
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