Dr Melissa Parsons is a river scientist with broad-ranging research interests in rivers as social-ecological systems. She has worked in the fields of monitoring and assessment, large flood disturbances, river ecology, river and floodplain resilience, building resilience to natural hazards, public policy and water resource management. Melissa works at the interface between theoretical and applied science, examining the ways that emerging theories such as resilience can be applied to deliver natural resource management outcomes.
Melissa has worked on several national-scale environmental assessments including the National Carbon Accounting System and the AUSRIVAS river health assessment. Her post-doctoral research examined the ecological effects of the February 2000 floods across southern Africa on the rivers of Kruger National Park. Melissa currently co-leads a project within the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC to develop an Australian Natural Disaster Resilience Index.
Melissa teaches natural hazards and river science at the University of New England, Armidale, Australia.