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Dr Richard Silberstein

Academic

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5143, Mobile: 0400666334, Email: r.silberstein@ecu.edu.au, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO19.322
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5143
Mobile: 0400666334
Email: r.silberstein@ecu.edu.au
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO19.322  

 

Richard is an Associate Professor in the Centre for Ecosystem Management, studying the inter-relationships between hydrology and vegetation communities. He runs an atmospheric flux and groundwater monitoring station in Banksia woodland north of Perth, as part of the national OzFlux and international FluxNet communities.

Current Teaching

  • Not currently teaching

Background

Dr Silberstein was previously with CSIRO Land and Water for 19 years, as a Principal Research Scientist. He has 25 years of experience studying catchment and groundwater hydrology and the responses of hydrological and vegetation systems to land use and climate change. He runs field experiments as well as being one of the developers of the sophisticated Topog catchment model that simulates the physical hydrology and the dynamics of vegetation response in natural and managed systems.

Prior to this he has worked for the WA Departments of Agriculture, Environment, and Environmental Protection.

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the American Geophysical Union

Research Areas and Interests

  • 25 years’ experience in hydrology, micrometeorology and environmental science
  • Delivering simulation models for groundwater and surface water management, forests and catchments
  • Simulating and observing impacts of climate and land use on catchment water balance for water resources, ecosystem health and salinity management
  • Off-site impacts of mining, post-mining pit water balance
  • Multi-disciplinary project management

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Western Australia, 1999.
  • Bachelor of Science with Second Class Honours in Physics, The University of Western Australia, 1979.

Research

Recent Research Grants

  • OzFlux - measurement of atmospheric fluxes over a native vegetation at Gingin,  Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO),  Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN),  2015 - 2017,  $209,000.
  • Off-site impacts of mining on the hydrology of Yamba catchment,  Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO),  CSIRO - Grant,  2015 - 2016,  $32,400.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Beringer, J., Hutley, L., McHugh, I., Arndt, S., Campbell, D., Cleugh, H., Cleverly, J., De Dios, V., Eamus, D., Evans, B., Ewenz, C., Grace, P., Griebel, A., Haverd, V., Hinko-Najera, N., Huete, A., Isaac, P., Kanniah, K., Leuning, R., Liddell, M., Macfarlane, C., Meyer, W., Moore, C., Pendall, E., Phillips, A., Phillips, R., Prober, S., Restrepo-Coupe, N., Rutledge, S., Schroder, I., Silberstein, R., Southall, P., Yee, MS., Tapper, N., Van Gorsel, E., Vote, C., Walker, J., Wardlaw, T., (2016), An introduction to the Australian and New Zealand flux tower network - OzFlux. Biogeosciences, 13(21), 5895-5916, Copernicus GmbH, DOI: 10.5194/bg-13-5895-2016.
  • Van Gorsel, E., Wolf, S., Cleverly, J., Isaac, P., Haverd, V., Ewenz, C., Arndt, S., Beringer, J., De Dios, V., Evans, B., Griebel, A., Hutley, L., Keenan, T., Kljun, N., Macfarlane, C., Meyer, W., McHugh, I., Pendall, E., Prober, S., Silberstein, R., (2016), Carbon uptake and water use in woodlands and forests in southern Australia during an extreme heat wave event in the "angry Summer" of 2012/2013. Biogeosciences, 13(21), 5947-5964, Copernicus GmbH, DOI: 10.5194/bg-13-5947-2016.
  • McJannet, D., Franz, T., Hawdon, A., Boadle, D., Baker, B., Almeida, A., Silberstein, R., Lambert, T., Desilets, D., (2014), Field testing of the universal calibration function for determination of soil moisture with cosmic-ray neutrons. Water Resources Research, 50(6), 5235-5248, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, DOI: 10.1002/2014WR015513.
  • Silberstein, R., Dawes, W., Bastow, T., Byrne, J., Smart, N., (2013), Evaluation of changes in post-fire recharge under native woodland using hydrological measurements, modelling and remote sensing. Journal of Hydrology, 489(10 May), 1-15, DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2013.01.037.
  • Ali, R., Silberstein, R., Byrne, J., Hodgson, G., (2013), Drainage discharge impacts on hydrology and water quality of receiving streams in the wheatbelt of Western Australia. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 185(11), 9619-9637, DOI: 10.1007/s10661-013-3278-0.
  • Silberstein, R., Aryal, S., Durrant, J., Pearcey, M., Braccia, M., Charles, S., Boniecka, L., Hodgson, G., Bari, M., Viney, N., McFarlane, D., (2012), Climate change and runoff in south-western Australia. Journal of Hydrology, 475(19 December), 441-455, DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2012.02.009.
  • Hughes, J., Petrone, K., Silberstein, R., (2012), Drought, groundwater storage and stream flow decline in southwestern Australia. Geophysical Research Letters, 39(3), 6p., Blackwell Publishing Ltd, DOI: 10.1029/2011GL050797.
  • McFarlane, D., Stone, R., Martens, S., Thomas, J., Silberstein, R., Ali, R., Hodgson, G., (2012), Climate change impacts on water yields and demands in south-western Australia. Journal of Hydrology, 475(20 April), 488-498, DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2012.05.038.
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