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Professor Stuart Bunn


Stuart Bunn

Australian Rivers Institute
+61 (0)7 3735 7407 (Work)
N78 4.30, Nathan Campus

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Professor Bunn is the Director of the Australian Rivers Institute at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. His major research interests are in the ecology of river and wetland systems with a particular focus on the science to underpin river management. Stuart has extensive experience working with international and Australian government agencies and with industry on water resource management issues. He is a member of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority and has previously served as an Australian National Water Commissioner, the Chair of the Scientific Advisory Panel for the Lake Eyre Basin Ministerial Forum, and as a Director of Land and Water Australia. He currently chairs the Science Committee for Healthy Land and Water Limited and was recently appointed as a member of the Earth Commission, hosted by Future Earth.


  • Director
    Australian Rivers Institute1 Jan 2007
  • Professor In Ecology
    Griffith University, Australia1 Jan 1999
  • Director
    Centre for Riverine Landscapes, Australia1 Jan 2003 - 31 Dec 2006
  • Director
    Centre for Catchment & In-Stream Research, Australia1 Jan 1996 - 31 Dec 2002
  • Associate Professor in Ecology
    Griffith University, Australia1 Jan 1998 - 31 Dec 1999
  • Senior Lecturer in Ecology
    Griffith University, Australia1 Jan 1995 - 31 Dec 1997
  • Lecturer in Ecology
    Griffith University, Australia1 Jan 1988 - 31 Dec 1994


  • Postdoctoral Fellow and Sessional Lecturer
    University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada1 Jul 1986 - 31 Dec 1987
  • Research Officer
    University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia1 Jul 1985 - 30 Jun 1986


  • Member
    Murray Darling Basin Authority, Canberra, Australia15 May 2018
  • Commissioner
    National Water Commission, Canberra, Australia29 Aug 2008 - 30 Jun 2012
  • Director
    Land and Water Australia, Canberra, Australia1 Jul 1999 - 30 Jun 2002


  • Bachelor Of Science With Honours
    University of Western Australia1976 - 1980
  • Doctor of Philosophy
    University of Western Australia1981 - 1995


  • Senior Ecologist
    Ecological Society of America1 Jul 2010 - 30 Jun 2021