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Dr Melanie Blanchette

Melanie is a research fellow within the School of Science.

Professional Associations

  • International Mine Water Association (IMWA)

Awards and Recognition

  • 2017: Vice-Chancellor’s Staff award: Early Career Researcher of the year
  • 2015: Vice-Chancellor’s Staff award: Research Engagement

Research Areas and Interests

Freshwater ecology (seasonal/intermittent rivers), environmental genomics, mine water.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, James Cook University, 2013.
  • Master of Science, James Cook University, 2006.
  • Bachelor of Science Biology, United States of America, 2002.

Research

Recent Research Grants

  • Towards closure of saline pit lakes: understanding biophysical processes for condition assessment and remediation,  Australian Coal Association,  Australian Coal Association Research Program,  2018 - 2020,  $443,474.
  • Developing closure criteria for river diversions: an alternative to reference sites,  Australian Coal Association,  Australian Coal Association Research Program,  2016 - 2018,  $445,293.
  • Testing hay as an in-situ remediation option for acidic pit lakes in the Pilbara,  Rio Tinto Ltd,  Grant,  2015 - 2017,  $52,200.
  • Coal pit lake closure by river flow-through: Risks and opportunities,  Australian Coal Association,  Australian Coal Association Research Program,  2014 - 2017,  $1,261,715.
  • Educational pilot accommodating rehabilitation of WA Pilbara,  Koodaideri Contracting Services Pty Ltd,  Grant,  2015 - 2016,  $104,715.
  • Microbial metagenomics: A next-generation DNA sequencing approach to improving river condition assessment ,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2014,  2014 - 2015,  $13,450.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Shumilova, O., Zak, D., Datry, T., Von Schiller, D., Corti, R., Foulquier, A., Obrador, B., Tockner, K., Allan, D., Altermatt, F., Arce, MI., Anon, S., Banas, D., Banegas‐medina, A., Beller, E., Blanchette, M., Blanco‐libreros, J., Blessing, J., Boëchat, IG., Boersma, K., Bogan, M., Bonada, N., Bond, N., Brintrup, K., Bruder, A., Burrows, R., Cancellario, T., Carlson, S., Cauvy‐fraunié, S., Cid, N., Danger, M., De Freitas Terra, B., De Girolamo, AM., Del Campo, R., Dyer, F., Elosegi, A., Faye, E., Febria, C., Figueroa, R., Four, B., Gessner, M., Gnohossou, P., Cerezo, RG., Gomez‐gener, L., Graca, M., Guareschi, S., Gucker, B., Hwan, J., Kubheka, S., Langhans, S., Leigh, C., Little, C., Lorenz, S., Marshall, J., Angus, M., Mendoza‐lera, C., Meyer, EI., Miliša, M., Mlambo, M., Moleón, M., Negus, P., Niyogi, D., Papatheodoulou, A., Pardo, I., Paril, P., Pešić, V., Rodriguez‐lozano, P., Rolls, R., Sanchez‐montoya, MM., Savić, A., Steward, A., Stubbington, R., Taleb, A., Vander Vorste, R., Waltham, N., Zoppini, A., Zarfl, C., (2019), Simulating rewetting events in intermittent rivers and ephemeral streams: A global analysis of leached nutrients and organic matter. Global Change Biology, n/a(25), 1591–1611, United Kingdom, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.14537.
  • Datry, T., Foulquier, A., Corti, R., Von Schiller, D., Tockner, K., Mendoza-Lera, C., Clément, JC., Gessner, MO., Moleón, M., Stubbington, R., Gücker, B., Albariño, R., Allen, DC., Altermatt, F., Arce, MI., Arnon, S., Banas, D., Banegas-Medina, A., Beller, E., Blanchette, M., Blanco-Libreros, JF., Blessing, JJ., Boëchat, IG., Boersma, KS., Bogan, MT., Bonada, N., Bond, N., Brintrup Barría, K., Bruder, A., Burrows, RM., Cancellario, T., Canhoto, C., Carlson, SM., Cauvy-Fraunié, S., Cid, N., Danger, M., De Freitas Terra, B., De Girolamo, AM., De La Barra, E., Del Campo, R., Diaz-Villanueva, VD., Dyer, F., Elosegi, A., Faye, E., Febria, C., Four, B., Gafny, S., Ghate, SD., Gómez, R., Gómez-Gener, L., Graça, M., Guareschi, S., Hoppeler, F., Hwan, JL., Jones, JI., Kubheka, S., Laini, A., Langhans, S., Leigh, C., Little, C., Lorenz, S., Marshall, JC., Martín, E., McIntosh, A., Meyer, E., Miliša, M., Mlambo, M., Morais, M., Moya, N., Negus, P., Niyogi, D., Papatheodoulou, A., Pardo, I., Pařil, P., Pauls, S., Pešić, V., Polášek, M., Robinson, C., Rodríguez-Lozano, P., Rolls, R., Sánchez-Montoya, M., Savić, A., Shumilova, O., Sridhar, K., Steward, A., Storey, R., Taleb, A., Uzan, A., Vander Vorste, R., Waltham, N., Woelfle-Erskine, C., Zak, D., Zarfl, C., Zoppini, A., (2018), A global analysis of terrestrial plant litter dynamics in non-perennial waterways. Nature Geoscience, 11(7), 497-503, DOI: 10.1038/s41561-018-0134-4.
  • Schmidt, K., Blanchette, M., Pearson, R., Alford, R., Davis, A., (2017), Trophic roles of tadpoles in tropical Australian streams. Freshwater Biology, 62(11), 1929–1941, West Sussex, United Kingdom, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, DOI: 10.1111/fwb.13036.
  • Blanchette, M., Lund, M., (2016), Pit lakes are a global legacy of mining: an integrated approach to achieving sustainable ecosystems and value for communities. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 23(open issue, part 1), 28-34, DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2016.11.012.
  • Blanchette, M., Davis, AM., Jardine, TD., Pearson, RG., (2014), Omnivory and opportunism characterize food webs in a large dry-tropics river system. Freshwater Science, 33(1), 142-158, North American Benthological Society, DOI: 10.1086/674632.

Conference Publications

  • Blanchette, M., Lund, M., Moore, M., Short, D., (2019), Incorporating microbes into environmental monitoring and mine closure programs: river diversions as test beds. Proceedings of the International Mine Water Association, Perm, Russia. Technological and Environmental Challenges, 645-651, Perm, Russia, Perm State University.
  • Lund, M., Blanchette, M., Harkin, C., (2018), Seasonal river flow-through as a pit lake closure strategy: is it a sustainable option in a drying climate?. Proceedings of the 11th ICARD | IMWA | MWD Conference - "Risk to Opportunity", I(10-14 Sept, 2018), 34-41, Pretoria, South Africa.
  • Blanchette, M., Lund, M., (2017), Biophysical closure criteria without reference sites: Evaluating river diversions around mines. 13th International Mine Water Association Congress - Mine Water & Circular Economy, 1(25-30 June, 2017), 437 – 444, Lappeenranta, Finland, LUT Scientific and Expertise Publications.
  • Lund, M., Blanchette, M., Gonzalez Pinto, J., Green, R., Mather, C., Kleiber, C., Lee, S., (2017), Are microcosms tiny pit lakes?. 13th International Mine Water Association Congress - Mine Water & Circular Economy, 2(25–30 June , 2017), 1204-1211, Lappeenranta, Finland, LUT Scientific and Expertise Publications.
  • Blanchette, M., Lund, M., Stoney, R., Short, D., Harkin, C., (2016), Bio-physical closure criteria without reference sites: realistic targets in modified rivers. Proceedings of the International Mine Water Association 2016, 586–592, International Mine Water Association.
  • Macdonald, K., Lund, M., Blanchette, M., (2015), Impacts of artisanal small-scale gold mining on water quality of a tropical river (Surow River, Ghana). 10th ICARD-IMWA 2015 conference proceedings, 1-12, Chile, Gecamin.
  • Lund, M., Blanchette, M., (2014), Are we approaching pit lake closure from the wrong perspective?. Proceedings of the International Mine Water Association Congress 2014, 720-724, IMWA.
  • Macdonald, K., Lund, M., Blanchette, M., McCullough, C., (2014), Regulation of artisanal small scale gold mining (ASGM) in Ghana and Indonesia as currently implemented fails to adequately protect aquatic ecosystems. Proceedings of the International Mine Water Association 2014, 401-405, IMWA.
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