Dr Angus Webb

Research Interests

  • Applied Statistics (Environmental Analysis, Bayesian Modelling)
  • Ecological Modelling (Populations, Landscapes)
  • Freshwater Ecology (Environmental Flows)

Personal webpage

http://anguswebbresearch.wordpress.com

Biography

Angus Webb is a quantitative ecologist in the Environmental Hydrology and Water Resources group within the Department of Infrastructure Engineering, University of Melbourne. His research focuses on the study of landscape-scale impacts of human-induced disturbances on freshwater systems, and what can be done to restore these systems. Quantitative ecology is the use of maths and statistics to try to make sense of our natural environment, or to try to make predictions about individuals, populations or ecosystems. Currently, we spend a lot of money collecting data, but not getting maximal value from this investment. Through more advanced analytical approaches, we can often gain additional insight into these complex environments.

Current research includes:

  • Ecological responses to changes in river flow regimes, focusing on data collected under the Victorian Environmental Flows Monitoring and Assessment Program and the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office long-term intervention monitoring program
  • Bayesian analysis of large-scale environmental data sets
  • Modelling effects of habitat network topography on populations and communities
  • Causal Criteria Analysis as a means of systematically analyzing the knowledge in existing literature

Recent Publications

  1. Martin DM, Powell SJ, Webb J, Nichols SJ, Poff NL. An Objective Method to Prioritize Socio-Environmental Water Management Tradeoffs Using Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis. RIVER RESEARCH AND APPLICATIONS. John Wiley & Sons. 2017, Vol. 33, Issue 4.
  2. Nichols SJ, Peat M, Webb J. Challenges for evidence-based environmental management: what is acceptable and sufficient evidence of causation?. FRESHWATER SCIENCE. North American Benthological Society. 2017, Vol. 36, Issue 1.
  3. Metcher AH, Bakken TH, Friedrich T, Greimel F, Humer N, Schmutz S, Zeiringer B, Webb J. Drawing together multiple lines of evidence from assessment studies of hydropeaking pressures in impacted rivers. FRESHWATER SCIENCE. North American Benthological Society. 2017, Vol. 36, Issue 1.
  4. Horne A, Szemis JM, 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. 2017.
  5. Webb J, Koster WM, Stuart IG, Reich P, Stewardson M. Make the Most of the Data You’ve Got: Bayesian Models and a Surrogate Species Approach to Assessing Benefits of Upstream Migration Flows for the Endangered Australian Grayling. Environmental Management. Springer. 2017.
  6. Webb J. Rapid evidence synthesis in environmental causal assessments. FRESHWATER SCIENCE. North American Benthological Society. 2017, Vol. 36, Issue 1.
  7. Vietz GJ, Lintern A, Webb J, Straccione D. River Bank Erosion and the Influence of Environmental Flow Management. Environmental Management. Springer. 2017.
  8. 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.
  9. Stout J, Rutherfurd I, Grove J, Webb J, Kitchingman A, Tonkin Z. Using the Weibull distribution to improve the description of riverine wood loads. EARTH SURFACE PROCESSES AND LANDFORMS. John Wiley & Sons. 2017, Vol. 42, Issue 4.
  10. Webb J, Schofield K, Peat M, Norton SB, Nichols SJ, Melcher A. Weaving common threads in environmental causal assessment methods: toward an ideal method for rapid evidence synthesis. FRESHWATER SCIENCE. North American Benthological Society. 2017, Vol. 36, Issue 1.
  11. Webb J, Koster WM, Stuart IG, Reich P, Stewardson M. ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT OF AUSTRALIAN GRAYLING RECRUITMENT: USING BAYESIAN MODELS AND SURROGATE SPECIES TO ASSESS BENEFITS OF SPRING FLOWS. 11TH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON ECOHYDRAULICS. 2016.
  12. Webb J, Casanelia S, Earl G, Grace M, King E, Koster W, Morris K, Pettigrove V, Sharpe A, Townsend K, Vietz G, Woodman A, Ziebell A. Commonwealth Environmental Water Office Long Term Intervention Monitoring Project Goulburn River Selected Area evaluation report 2014-15. Commonwealth Environmental Water Office Long-Term Intervention Monitoring Project – Goulburn River Selected Area evaluation report 2014-15. Victoria University of Wellington. Stout Research Centre. 2016.
  13. Nestler JM, Stewardson M, Gilvear D, Webb J, Smith DL. DOES ECOHYDRAULICS HAVE GUIDING PRINCIPLES?. 11TH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON ECOHYDRAULICS. 2016.
  14. Nestler JM, Stewardson M, Gilvear DJ, Webb J, Smith DL. Ecohydraulics exemplifies the emerging “paradigm of the interdisciplines”. Journal of Ecohydraulics. Taylor & Francis. 2016, Vol. 1, Issue 1-2.
  15. Chariton AA, Sun M, Gibson J, Webb J, Leung KMY, Hickey CW, Hose GC. Emergent technologies and analytical approaches for understanding the effects of multiple stressors in aquatic environments. MARINE AND FRESHWATER RESEARCH. CSIRO Publications. 2016, Vol. 67, Issue 4.

Angus Webb

Level: 04 Room: 405
Engineering Block D, Parkville
University of Melbourne
3010 Australia

T: 8344 9347
F: 8344 6215
E: angus.webb@unimelb.edu.au


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