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Professor Fran Sheldon


Fran Sheldon

Dean (Learning & Teaching)
Pro Vice Chancellor (Sciences)
+61 (0)7 3735 3914 (Work)
N44 0.06, Nathan Campus

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Dr Fran Sheldon is Professor and Dean (Learning and Teaching) in the Griffith Sciences group at Griffith University and a Research Member in the Australian Rivers Institute. Her research explores the relationships between hydrology, physical geomorphology and ecology in river systems, particularly large dryland rivers such as those of the Murray-Darling Basin and the Lake Eyre Basin. She has been the project lead or project member on several significant projects including two ARC Linkage projects on stream ecosystem health and riparian restoration in South-east Queensland, the “Ecology of Low Flows” project for the National Water Commission, the “Northern Basin Sustainable Diversion Limits Revision” project for the Murray-Darling Basin Authority. She was a member of the CSIRO Water for a Healthy Country Ecological Responses to Altered Flow Regimes Cluster and more recently was involved in a technical review of the Barwon-Darling Water Sharing Plan for the NSW Natural Resources Commission and was a member of the Scientific Expert Panel investigating the 2019 fish deaths in the lower Darling River. Fran has a strong research track record, with an h-index of 38, an i10-index of 72, and over 5000 citations.


  • Member
    Australian Rivers Institute2007


  • Dean (Learning and Teaching)
    Griffith University, Griffith Sciences, Australia1 May 2016
  • Deputy Head of School
    Griffith University, School of Environment, Australia1 Mar 2015 - 1 May 2016


  • President
    Australian Freshwater Sciences Society1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2016
  • Freshwater Scientific Advisor
    Healthy Waterways Partnership, Ecosystem Health Monitoring Program Scientific Expert Panel1 Jan 2004 - 31 Dec 2015


  • Bachelor of Science (BSc)
    The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia1983 - 1985
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours)
    The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia1986 - 1986
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia1989 - 1994
  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education
    Griffith University, Nathan, Australia2003 - 2004