Dr Michael Reid

Senior Lecturer - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Michael Reid

Phone: +61 2 6773 3447

Email: mreid24@une.edu.au


BSc (Hons) (Monash), PhD (Monash)

Teaching Areas

GEPL106 Earth Surface Systems
GEPL311 Catchment to Coast
Landscape Processes and Natural Hazards
GEPL308/508 Environmental Change in Australia

Research Interests

Dr Reid’s research focuses on understanding pattern and process in floodplain and river ecosystems across a range of spatial and temporal scales. This focus requires interdisciplinary research incorporating palaeoecology, food web ecology, vegetation community ecology, geomorphology, hydrology and ecohydrology

Dr Reid completed his PhD on the palaeoecology of billabongs on the Goulburn River in Victoria at Monash University in 1997. He went on to a post-doctoral fellowship at Monash, where his research focused on developing approaches for monitoring the effectiveness of environmental water allocations on flood plain wetlands. Upon completion of this fellowship, he took up a second post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research in New Zealand where he developed models for reconstructing long-term records of lake productivity to aid managers in detecting eutrophication trends in response to human land use. From 2004 until 2009 Dr Reid was employed as a research fellow at the Riverine Landscapes Research Lab at the University of Canberra on a range of research project focussed on understanding floodplain river ecosystems. He has been at UNE since 2010.

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Research Supervision Experience

Supervision Areas

Palaeoecology, food web ecology, flood plain vegetation dynamics, ecohydrology and climate change.

Current Postgraduate Students

Amal Kadhum (PhD) - A Study on the Environmental and Climatic History of the Narran Lakes Region.

Adrian Matheson (PhD) -The Ecohydrology of large wood: Associations between hydraulics, large wood and fish assemblage in the Barwon Darling River, Australia.

Bruce Murray (PhD) - Genetic Variation of Two Common Co-Occurring Australian Floodplain Plant Species Over Multiple Spatial Scales.

Marita Pearson (PhD) - Longitudinal connectivity and the condition of low flow refugia in a dryland river.

Preetika Singh (PhD) - Evaluating Future Sea Level Scenarios for Fiji

Louis Bouchet (PhD) - Environmental changes and sustainable development of coastal groundwater systems: The case of the Small Island Developing States of the Pacific


Parsons, M., Thoms, M., Flotemersch, J., and Reid, M. (in press) Monitoring the resilience of rivers as social-ecological systems: a paradigm shift for river assessment in the 21st Century. In River Science: Research and Applications for the 21st Century. (Eds. D Gilvear, M Greenwood, M Thoms and P Wood). (John Wiley and Sons, UK)

Reid, M.A., Thoms, M.C., Chilcott, S., and Fitzsimmons, K. (in press) Anthropogenic changes to sedimentation rates in dryland river waterholes: A threat to aquatic refugia? Marine and Freshwater Research.

Reid, M.A., Bickford, S., Gell, P.A., and Kenyon, C.E. (2016) A history of Australia's riverine habitats and vegetation. In Vegetation of Australian Riverine Landscapes. (Eds. SJ Capon, C James and MA Reid) pp. 45-64. (CSIRO Publishing)

Reid, M.A., Reid, M.C., and Thoms, M.C. (2016) Ecological significance of hydrological connectivity for wetland plant communities on a dryland floodplain river, MacIntyre River, Australia. Aquatic Sciences 78, 139-158.

Capon, S., James, C., and Reid, M.A. (Eds) (2016) 'Vegetation of Australian Riverine Landscapes. Biology, Ecology and Management.' (CSIRO Publishing: Canberra) http://www.publish.csiro.au/nid/21/pid/6504.htm

Capon, S.J., Reid, M.A., and James, C.S. (2016) Introduction. In Vegetation of Australian Riverine Landscapes: Biology, Ecology and Management. (Eds. SJ Capon, CS James and MA Reid) pp. 1-4. (CSIRO Publishing: Clayton South, )

Gell, P.A., and Reid, M.A. (2016) Muddied Waters: the case for mitigating sediment and nutrient flux to optimise restoration response. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution.

James, C., Reid, M.A., and Capon, S. (2016) Climate change and the future of Australian riverine vegetation In The Vegetation of Australian Riverine Landscapes. (Eds. S Capon, C James and MA Reid) pp. 387-406. (CSIRO Publishing)

Souter, N.J., Johansen, K., and Reid, M.A. (2016) Monitoring and assessment of vegetation in Australian Riverine landscapes. In Vegetation of Australian Riverine Landscapes. (Eds. SJ Capon, CS James and MA Reid) pp. 365-386. (CSIRO Publishing: Canberra)

Thapa, R., Thoms, M.C., Parsons, M., and Reid, M. (2016) Adaptive cycles of floodplain vegetation response to flooding and drying. Earth Surface Dynamics 4, 175-191.

Gell, P., and Reid, M. (2014) Assessing change in floodplain wetland condition in the Murray Darling Basin. In Symposium on Australia-China Wetland Network Research Partnership. (Ed. G Kattel) pp. 27-35. (Federation University Australia, Mt. Helen, Australia: Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology Chinese Academy of Sciences (NIGLAS) Nanjing, China)

Gell, P.A., and Reid, M.A. (2014) Assessing change in floodplain wetland condition in the Murray Darling Basin. Anthropocene 8, 39-45.

Reid, M., P. Gell, T. Davidson, C. Sayer, J. Tibby and J. Fluin (2014). Resilience in aquatic ecosystems: developing predictive models to explain the effects of anthropogenic stressors on Murray-Darling Basin billabongs. In Symposium on Australia-China Wetland Network Research Partnership. (Ed. G Kattel) pp. 61-67. ( Federation University Australia, Mt. Helen, Australia: : Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology Chinese Academy of Sciences (NIGLAS) Nanjing, China)

Capon, S. J., Chambers, L. E., Mac Nally, R., Naiman, R. J., Davies, P., Marshall, N., Pittock, J., Reid, M. A., Capon, T., Douglas, M., Catford, J., Baldwin, D., Stewardson, M., Roberts, J., Parsons, M., & Williams, S. (2013). Riparian ecosystems in the 21st Century: hotspots for climate change adaptation? Ecosystems, 16(3), 359-381.

Davidson, T. A., Reid, M. A., Sayer, C. D., & Chilcott, S. (2013). Palaeolimnological records of shallow-lake biodiversity change: exploring the merits of single versus multi-proxy approaches. Journal of Paleolimnology, 49, 431-446. doi: 10.1007/s10933-013-9696-8

Mills, K., Gell, P., Gergis, J., Baker, P., Finlayson, M., Hesse, P., Jones, R., Kershaw, A. P., Pearson, S., Treble, P., Barr, C., Brookhouse, M., Drysdale, R., McDonald, J., Haberle, S., Reid, M., Thoms, M., & Tibby, J. (2013). Paleoclimate studies and natural resource management in the Murray-Darling Basin II: unravelling past human impact and climate variability. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 60(5), 561-571. doi: 10.1080/08120099.2013.823463

Stephens, T. W., Atkin, D., Augustinus, P. C., Cochran, U., Reid, M. A., Lorrey, A., Shane, P. and Street-Perrott, A. (2012). A diatom record of reduced effective precipitation during the Last Glacial Coldest Phase (28.8 to 18.3 cal. kyr BP) and increasing Holocene seasonality at Lake Pupuke (Auckland, New Zealand). Journal Of Paleolimnology 48: 801-817.

Reid, M. A. and Thoms, M. C. (2012). Changes in benthic community structure and function in an Australian regulated upland stream following wildfire. Wildfire and Water Quality: Processes, Impacts and Challenges. M. Stone, A. Collins and M. Thoms. IAHS Press:Wallingford, UK. IAHS Publication 35466-74.

Webb, M. C., Reid, M. A. & Thoms, M. C. (2012). "Determining the eco-hydrological character of aquatic refugia in a dryland river system: the importance of temporal scale". Ecohydrology and Hydrobiology12(1): 21-33.

Reid, M. A., Delong, M. D., & Thoms, M. C. (2012). "The influence of hydrological connectivity on food web structure in floodplain lakes". River Research and Applications 28: 827-844.

Reid, M. and Gell, P. (2011). Regional wetland response typology: Murray-Darling Basin, Australia. PAGES news 19(2): 62-64.

Webb, M. C., Reid, M. A. and Thoms, M. C. (2011). "The influence of hydrology and physical habitat character on fish assemblages at different temporal scales". River Systems 19(3): 283-299

Reid, M. A., & Capon, S. (2011). "The role of the soil seed bank in vegetation response to environmental flows on a drought-affected floodplain". River Systems 19(3): 249-259.

Reid, M. A. and Ogden, R. W. (2009). "The importance of habitat, biogeography and hydrology as drivers of diatom distributions in floodplain lakes of the southeast Murray Basin (Australia) and implications for palaeolimnological studies." Journal Of Paleolimnology 41(3): 453-470.

Reid, M. A. and Thoms, M. C. (2009). "Mapping stream surface flow types by balloon: an inexpensive high resolution remote sensing solution to rapid assessment of stream habitat heterogeneity?". In M. C. Thoms, K. Heal, E. Bogh, A. Chambel and V. Smakhtin (Eds), Ecohydrology of Surface and Groundwater,Wallingford, UK, IAHS Press. IAHS Publication 328: 62-67.

Reid, M. A. (2008). "Evidence for catastrophic shifts in the trophic structure of floodplain lakes associated with soil erosion." In J. Schmidt, T. Cochrane, C. Phillips, S. Elliot, T. Davies, L. Basher (Eds), Sediment Dynamics in Changing Environments, Wallingford, UK, IAHS Press. IAHS Publication 325: 584-590.

Reid, M. A. and  Thoms, M. C. (2008). "Surface flow types, near-bed hydraulics and the distribution of stream macroinvertebrates." Biogeosciences 5: 1043-1055.

Nikora, V. I., Larned, S. T., Debnath, K., Cooper, G. and Reid, M. A. (2008). "Hydraulic resistance due to aquatic vegetation in small streams: a field study." Journal of Hydraulic Engineering 134(9): 1326-1332.

Cossart, R., Thoms, M. C. and Reid, M. A. (2008). Determination and interpretation of sediment provenance in a sedimentary sequence affected by post-depositional changes. In J. Schmidt, T. Cochrane, C. Phillips, S. Elliot, T. Davies, L. Basher, (Eds), Sediment Dynamics in Changing Environments, Wallingford, UK, IAHS Press. IAHS Publication 325: 60-67.

Ogden, R. W., Reid, M. A. and Thoms, M. C. (2007). "Soil fertility in a large dryland floodplain: patterns, processes and the implications of water resource development." Catena 70(2): 114-126.

Reid, M. A., Sayer, C. D., Kershaw, A. P. and Heijnis, H. (2007). "Palaeolimnological evidence for submerged plant loss in a floodplain lake associated with accelerated catchment soil erosion (Murray River, Australia)." Journal of Paleolimnology 38: 191-208.

Reid, M. A. and Ogden, R. W. (2006). "Trend, variability or extreme event? The importance of long-term perspectives in river ecology." River Research and Applications 22(2): 167-177.

Reid, M. & Thoms, M. (2006). Linking pattern and process: the effects of hydraulic conditions on benthic metabolism in an Australian upland stream. In J. S. Rowan, R. W. Duck & A. Werritty (Eds.), Sediment dynamics and the hydromorphology of fluvial systems,  Wallingford, UK, IAHS Press .  IAHS Publications 306: pp. 322-330.

Reid, M. A., Thoms, M. and  Dyer, F. (2006). "Effects of spatial and temporal variation in hydraulic conditions on metabolism in cobble biofilm communities in an Australian upland stream." Journal of the North American Benthological Society 25(4): 756-767.

Thoms, M., Reid, M., Christianson, K., & Munro, F. (2006). "Variety is the Spice of River Life: Recognising Hydraulic Diversity as a Tool for Managing Flows in Regulated Rivers". In J. S. Rowan, Duck, R.W. and Werritty, A. (Eds), Sediment dynamics and the hydromorphology of fluvial systems, Wallingford, UK, IAHS Press .  IAHS Publications 306: pp. 169-178.

Augustinus, P., Reid, M., Andersson, S., Deng, Y. and Horrocks, M. (2006). "Biological and geochemical record of anthropogenic impacts in recent sediments from Lake Pupuke, Auckland City, New Zealand."Journal of Paleolimnology 35(4): 789-805.

Webb, M., Reid, M., Capon, S., Thoms, M., Rayburg, S., & James, C. (2006). Are floodplain-wetland plant communities determined by seed bank composition or inundation periods? In J. S. Rowan, R. W. Duck & A. Werritty (Eds), Sediment dynamics and the hydromorphology of fluvial systems, Wallingford, UK, IAHS Press. IAHS Publications 306: pp. 241-248.

Gell, P., J. Tibby, J. Fluin, P. Leahy, M. Reid, K. Adamson, S. Bulpin, A. MacGregor, P. Wallbrink, G. Hancock and B. Walsh (2005). "Accessing limnological change and variability using fossil diatom assemblages, south-east Australia." River Research and Applications 21: 257-269.

Reid, M. A. (2005). "Diatom-based models for reconstructing past water quality and productivity in New Zealand lakes." Journal of Paleolimnology 33(1): 13-38.


Member of the Australian Society of Limnology
Member of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography
Member of the Society for Freshwater Science
Member of the International Paleolimnology Association