Dr Avril Horne

  • Room: Level: 04 Room: 410
  • Building: Engineering Block D
  • Campus: Parkville

Biography

Dr Avril Horne is a water policy specialist, with a rare combination of experience across economics, hydrology and policy. With fifteen years’ experience across a range of interdisciplinary projects, she has spent time in consulting, government and academia. As Assistant Director in the water group at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, she was heavily involved in the development of the water trading rules for the Murray Darling Basin Plan. Avril returned to academia in 2014, and is currently working on projects developing tools and systems to assist efficient and adaptive environmental water management; allocation mechanisms and institutional arrangements for environmental water; and reallocation policies between water sectors. Avril is the lead editor for “Water for the Environment: from policy and science to implementation and management”, a book that includes contributions from over 50 leading scientists and practitioners internationally. Research interests - environmental water management and allocation - water resource management and policy - water allocation - tradeoff decisions in water resource management - water markets and trade

Recent publications

  1. Horne A, Szemis J, Webb J, Kaur S, Stewardson M, Bond N, Nathan R. Informing Environmental Water Management Decisions: Using Conditional Probability Networks to Address the Information Needs of Planning and Implementation Cycles. ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT. Springer. 2018, Vol. 61, Issue 3. DOI: 10.1007/s00267-017-0874-8
  2. Kaur S, Horne A, Stewardson M, Nathan R, Costa A, Szemis J, Webb J. Challenges in determining frequency of high flow spells for varying thresholds in environmental flows programs. Journal Ecohydraulics. Taylor & Francis Ltd. 2017. DOI: 10.1080/24705357.2016.1276418
  3. Stewardson M, Webb J, Horne A. Environmental Flows and Eco-Hydrological Assessments in Rivers. Decision Making in Water Resources Policy and Management. Elsevier. 2017. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-810523-8.00008-2
  4. Wang J, Nathan R, Horne A, Peel M, Wei Y, Langford K. Evaluating four downscaling methods for assessment of climate change impact on ecological indicators. ENVIRONMENTAL MODELLING & SOFTWARE. Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 96. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2017.06.016
  5. Horne A, Morris C, Fowler K, Costelloe J, Fletcher T. MANAGEMENT OPTIONS TO ADDRESS DIFFUSE CAUSES OF HYDROLOGIC ALTERATION. WATER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT: FROM POLICY AND SCIENCE TO IMPLEMENTATION AND MANAGEMENT. Academic Press. 2017. Editors: Horne AC, Webb JA, Stewardson MJ, Richter B, Acreman M. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-803907-6.00020-6
  6. Horne A, O'Donnell E, Tharme RE. MECHANISMS TO ALLOCATE ENVIRONMENTAL WATER. WATER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT: FROM POLICY AND SCIENCE TO IMPLEMENTATION AND MANAGEMENT. Academic Press. 2017. Editors: Horne AC, Webb JA, Stewardson MJ, Richter B, Acreman M. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-803907-6.00017-6
  7. Horne A, O'Donnell E, Acreman M, McClain ME, Poff NL, Webb J, Stewardson M, Bond NR, Richter B, Arthington AH, Tharme RE, Garrick DE, Daniell KA, Conallin JC, Thomas GA, Hart BT. MOVING FORWARD: THE IMPLEMENTATION CHALLENGE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL WATER MANAGEMENT. WATER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT: FROM POLICY AND SCIENCE TO IMPLEMENTATION AND MANAGEMENT. Academic Press. 2017. Editors: Horne AC, Webb JA, Stewardson MJ, Richter B, Acreman M. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-803907-6.00027-9
  8. Horne A, Angus Webb J, O'Donnell E, Arthington AH, McClain M, Bond N, Acreman M, Hart B, Stewardson M, Richter B, Poff NLR. Research priorities to improve future environmental water outcomes. Frontiers in Environmental Science. 2017, Vol. 5, Issue DEC. DOI: 10.3389/fenvs.2017.00089
  9. Horne A, O'Donnell E, Webb J, Stewardson M, Acreman M, Richter B. THE ENVIRONMENTAL WATER MANAGEMENT CYCLE. WATER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT: FROM POLICY AND SCIENCE TO IMPLEMENTATION AND MANAGEMENT. Academic Press. 2017. Editors: Horne AC, Webb JA, Stewardson MJ, Richter B, Acreman M. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-803907-6.00001-2
  10. Stewardson M, Acreman M, Costelloe J, Fletcher T, Fowler K, Horne A, Liu G, McClain ME, Peel M. UNDERSTANDING HYDROLOGICAL ALTERATION. WATER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT: FROM POLICY AND SCIENCE TO IMPLEMENTATION AND MANAGEMENT. Academic Press. 2017. Editors: Horne AC, Webb JA, Stewardson MJ, Richter B, Acreman M. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-803907-6.00003-6
  11. Horne A, Kaur S, Szemis J, MacHado Costa A, Webb J, Nathan R, Stewardson M, Lowe L, Boland N. Using optimization to develop a "designer" environmental flow regime. ENVIRONMENTAL MODELLING & SOFTWARE. Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 88. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2016.11.020
  12. Horne A, Konrad C, Webb J, Acreman M. VISIONS, OBJECTIVES, TARGETS, AND GOALS. WATER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT: FROM POLICY AND SCIENCE TO IMPLEMENTATION AND MANAGEMENT. Academic Press. 2017. Editors: Horne AC, Webb JA, Stewardson MJ, Richter B, Acreman M. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-803907-6.00010-3
  13. Horne A, Kaur S, Szemis J, Costa A, Stewardson M, Nathan R, Boland N, Webb J. OPTIMIZATION TO SUPPORT SEASONAL ENVIRONMENTAL WATERING DECISIONS. 11TH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON ECOHYDRAULICS. 2016.
  14. Horne A, Szemis J, Kaur S, Webb J, Stewardson M, MacHado Costa A, Boland N. Optimization tools for environmental water decisions: A review of strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities to improve adoption. ENVIRONMENTAL MODELLING & SOFTWARE. Elsevier Science. 2016, Vol. 84. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2016.06.028
  15. Szemis J, Horne A, Kaur S, Stewardson M, Webb J. REPRESENTING ECOLOGICAL RESPONSE IN ENVIRONMENTAL WATER MANAGEMENT DECISION SUPPORT TOOLS: CONDITIONAL PROBABILITIES NETWORKS. 11TH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON ECOHYDRAULICS. 2016.

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