Professor Martin Thoms

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

Martin Thoms

Phone: +61 2 6773 2768




BSc, MSc (Canterbury, NZ), PhD (Loughborough, UK)

Teaching Areas

GEPL306 Landscape Processes
GEPL308 Environmental Change

Supervision Areas

Past supervision areas have included: Anthropogenic Fragmentation of River Networks, Connectivity and food webs in lowland rivers, The Ecohydrology of large wood, Modelling flow regime for extreme events, Environmental influences on anostracan zoogegoraphy, Using LiDAR to quanitify the physical complexity of floodplain landscapes, investigating the influences of scale and hydrology on such physical complexity, and its implications for ecosystem functioning, Floodplain vegetation landscape, The influence of habitat heterogeneity and hydrological connectivity on riverine foodweb structure, The Ecohydrology and restoration of an estuarine wetland.

Research Interests

Professor Martin Thoms is an internationally recognised scientist in the field of riverine ecosystems specializing in fluvial geomorphology and freshwater ecology. His competency in the field of interdisciplinary river science has been recognised numerous times by Australian and International organisations/institutions. He has been won awards for his innovation in river science from the University of Canberra, the International Association of Hydrological Sciences and the Binghamton Geomorphology Group.



Thoms, M.C., Heal, K, Bogh, E., Chambel, A., Smakhtin, V.,(eds) (2009). Ecohydrology of surface and groundwater dependant systems: Concepts, methods and recent developments. International Association of Hydrological Sciences Press.

Thorp, J.H., Thoms, M.C., Delong, M.D., (2008). The Riverine Ecosystem Synthesis. San Diego, California, Elsevier. 210pp.

Thoms, M.C., Markwort, K., Tyson, D. (2008). Changing channels: Life on the Narran. Murray Darling Basin Commission, ACT, Australia, 208pp.

Thoms, M.C., Renschler, C., Doyle, M (eds)(2007) Geomorphology and Ecosystems. Special Issue of Geomorphology, 89 (1-2), 239p.

Journal Articles

Arthington, A., Olden, J., Balcombe, S., Thoms, M.C. (in press). Multi-scale environmental factors explain fish losses and refuge quality in drying waterholes of Cooper Creek, an Australian arid-zone river. Marine and Freshawter Research, 61, 842-856.

Harris, C.A., Thoms, M.C., Scown, M.A. (2009). The ecohydrology of stream networks. International Association of Hydrological Sciences,328, 127-138.

Likens, G.E., Walker, K.F., Davies, P.E., Brookes, J., Olley, J.M., Young, W., Thoms, M.C., Lake, P.S., Davis, J., Arthington, A., Thompson, R., Oliver, R.L., (2009). Ecosystem science: toward a new paradigm for managing Australia's inland aquatic ecosystems. Marine and Freshwater Research, 60, 271-279.

Parsons, M.E., Thoms, M.C. (2007). Hierarchical patterns of large woody debris distribution and macroinvertebrate-environment associations in river ecosystems. Geomorphology, 89, 127-146.

Rayburg, S.C., Thoms, M.C., Neave, N., (2009). A comparison of digital elevation models generated from different data sources. Geomorphology, 106, 261-270.

Rayburg, S.C., Thoms, M.C., (2009). A coupled hydraulic-hydrologic modelling approach to deriving a water balance model for a complex floodplain-wetland system. Hydrological Research, 40, 364-379.

Reid, M.A., Thoms, M.C., (2008). Near bed hydraulics and associated invertebrate communities. Biogeosciences, 5, 1033-1041.

Renschler, C.S., Doyle, M., Thoms, M.C., (2007). Geomorphology and Ecosystems: Challenges and Keys for Success. Geomorphology,89, 1-8.

Thorp, J.H., Flotemersch, J.E., Delong, M.D, Casper, A.F., Thoms, M.C., Ballantyne, F, Williams, B.S, O'Neill, B.J, Haase, S.C, (2010) Linking Ecosystem Services, Rehabilitation, and River Hydrogeomorphology, Bioscience, 60, 74-75.

Thoms, M.C (2007). The distribution of heavy metals in a highly regulated river: the River Murray, Australia. International Association of Hydrological Sciences, 314, 145-153.

Thoms, M.C., Brennan, S., Franks, S.W., (2008). The sources and dispersal of sediment within a large flood plain complex. International Association of Hydrological Sciences,325, 52-59.