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Current PhD Students

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Natasha Ballis (March 2016 - )
Informing megadrought risk assessments using palaeoclimate reconstructions
Co-Supervisors: Prof David Karoly (CSIRO), Prof Rory Nathan & Dr Ben Henley (School of Earth Sciences)
Hansini Gardiya Weligamage (March 2020 - )
Adapting hydrologic models for changing climate
Co-Supervisors: Dr Keirnan Fowler, Dr Margarita Saft & Dr Tim Peterson (Monash)
Zhiyuan Yang (March 2020 - )
Land-Atmosphere Feedbacks of Lake Eyre, Australia and Their Contributions to the Global Water Cycles
Co-Supervisors: Assoc Prof Dongryeol Ryu, Assoc Prof Min-Hui Lo (National Taiwan University), Dr Kaighin McColl (Harvard) & Dr Sugata Narsey (Bureau of Meteorology)
Sina Zahedi (Jan 2021 - ) - Monash University
Observed streamflow generation changes: better understanding and modelling
Co-Supervisors: Dr Tim Peterson (Monash) & Assoc Prof Edoardo Daly (Monash)
Lucas Pamminger (Mar 2022 - ) - Monash University
How has climate change affected streamflow throughout Australia?
Co-Supervisors: Dr Tim Peterson (Monash)
Sucheta Pradhan (Dec 2022 - )
An investigation into Atmospheric Rivers and their potential impact on extreme rainfall and flooding in Australia
Co-Supervisors: Dr Conrad Wasko
Seongyeol Park (Feb 2023 - )
Evaluating South Korean Water Resources Degradation due to Climate Change and Estimating Potential Response Capabilities
Co-Supervisors: Prof Andrew Western
Gabrielle Burns (Aug 2023 - )
Integrating vegetation dynamics into hydrological modelling
Co-Supervisors: Dr Keirnan Fowler & Dr Clare Stephens (Western Sydney University)
Ziqi Zhang (March 2024 - )
Improve rainfall-runoff modelling under climate change
Co-Supervisors: Dr Keirnan Fowler

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Past PhD Students

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Dr Zelalem Tesemma (July 2011 - December 2015)
Modelling the impact of land use land cover and climate change on groundwater recharge
Co-Supervisor: Dr Yongping Wei
Dr Margarita Saft (June 2011 - January 2017)
Changes in rainfall-runoff partitioning during decadal drought Ė influential factors and implications for modelling
Co-Supervisors: Prof Andrew Western & Dr Lu Zhang (CSIRO, Land & Water)
Dr Pilar Barria (January 2013 - February 2018)
Uncertainties in runoff projections in southwest Western Australia and central Chilean catchments
Co-Supervisor: Assoc Prof Kevin Walsh (School of Earth Sciences)
Dr Keirnan Fowler (November 2013 - March 2018)
Towards improved rainfall-runoff modelling in changing climatic conditions
Co-Supervisors: Prof Andrew Western & Dr Lu Zhang (CSIRO, Land & Water)
Dr Shreemat Shrestha (July 2015 - June 2020)
Physical effects of anthropogenic aerosols on wheat production in the eastern Indo Gangetic Plain
Co-Supervisor: Assoc Prof Graham Moore
Dr Sina Khatami (April 2014 - December 2020)
Evaluating Catchment Models as Multiple Working Hypotheses under Uncertainty
Co-Supervisors: Dr Tim Peterson & Prof Andrew Western
Dr Huazhen Li (November 2018 - June 2023)
The Impact of Irrigation on Near-surface Air Temperature and the Occurrence of Heatwaves
Co-Supervisors: Prof Dongryeol Ryu, Assoc Prof Min-Hui Lo (National Taiwan University) & Prof Yongqiang Zhang (Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing)
Dr Luca Trotter (March 2020 - December 2023)
Hydrologic processes in changing climates: better understanding and modelling
Co-Supervisors: Dr Margarita Saft & Dr Keirnan Fowler
Dr Peizhen Ren (August 2019 - June 2024)
Representing contemporary water allocation frameworks and climate change impacts on storage-reliability-yield relationships for carry-over reservoirs across scales
Co-Supervisor: Prof Michael Stewardson

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Information about becoming a PhD student

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The following links are useful in navigating the process of becoming a PhD student.

Doctor of Philosophy - Engineering and IT: Details about PhD course and requirements.

Application Process: An overview of the steps required to become a PhD student.

Eligibility: To be eligible you would normally have completed at least a 4 year degree (equivalent to the University of Melbourneís H1 (80%+) level) that is in a relevant area to your intended study. You must also have evidence of completing a research project/component that accounts for at least 25% of one yearís work at 4th year Bachelorís or at Masterís level. There are also English Language requirements.

If you think your under-graduate and or masters grades are good enough to be competitive for a scholarship (>90% required to be competitive) then please send me:

1. A copy of your academic transcript with grading system to help me assess your academic record (Masters and/or degree).

2. A 1 page summary of the type of hydrology/hydroclimatology/other research you are interested in doing as part of your PhD (basically what areas of research interest you).

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