My everyday work activities help ensure that we have healthy waterways for both human and ecological needs.
My current research aims to quantify and describe the ecological importance of base flows and groundwater-surface water interactions in sustaining intermittent stream ecosystems. This research is part of a large, multi-disciplinary project investigating the eco-hydrological impacts of coal-seam gas extraction and coal mining to eastern Australian streams and rivers. This project is funded by the Australian Office of Water Science and involves researchers from the University New South Wales, Edith Cowan University, and Subterranean Ecology Pty Ltd.
- Aquatic ecosystems
- Arctic freshwater ecosystems
- Boreal catchments
- Ecosystem ecology
- Forested Ecosytems
- Forestry harvesting
- Groundwater dynamics
- Land-use changes, Environmental factors
- Nutrient cycling
- Terrestrial aquatic linkages
- United States
- Burrows, R., Rutlidge, H., Valdez, D., Venarsky, M., Bond, N., Andersen, M. S., … Kennard, M. (2018). Groundwater supports intermittent-stream food webs. Freshwater Science, 37(1), 42–53.
- Burrows, R., Laudon, H., McKie, B. G., & Sponseller, R. A. (2017). Seasonal resource limitation of heterotrophic biofilms in boreal streams. Limnology and Oceanography, 62(1), 164–176.
- Burrows, R., Rutlidge, H., Bond, N., Eberhard, S. M., Auhl, A., Andersen, M. S., … Kennard, M. (2017). High rates of organic carbon processing in the hyporheic zone of intermittent streams. Scientific Reports, 7, 13198–1–13198–11.
- Lidman, J., Jonsson, M., Burrows, R., Bundschuh, M., & Sponseller, R. A. (2017). Composition of riparian litter input regulates organic matter decomposition: Implications for headwater stream functioning in a managed forest landscape. Ecology and Evolution, 7, 1068–1077.
- Jonsson, M., Burrows, R., Lidman, J., Fältström, E., Laudon, H., & Sponseller, R. A. (2016). Land use influences macroinvertebrate community composition in boreal headwaters through altered stream conditions. Ambio, 1–13.
- Burrows, R., Hotchkiss, E. R., Jonsson, M., Laudon, H., McKie, B. G., & Sponseller, R. A. (2015). Nitrogen limitation of heterotrophic biofilms in boreal streams. Freshwater Biology, 60(7), 1237–1251.
- Burrows, R., Magierowski, R. H., Fellman, J. B., Clapcott, J. E., Munks, S. A., Roberts, S., … Barmuta, L. A. (2014). Variation in stream organic matter processing among years and benthic habitats in response to forest clearfelling. Forest Ecology and Management, 327, 136–147.
- Burrows, R., Fellman, J. B., Magierowski, R. H., & Barmuta, L. A. (2013). Allochthonous dissolved organic matter controls bacterial carbon production in old-growth and clearfelled headwater streams. Freshwater Science, 32(3), 821–836.
- Burrows, R., Fellman, J. B., Magierowski, R. H., & Barmuta, L. A. (2013). Greater phosphorus uptake in forested headwater streams modified by clearfell forestry. Hydrobiologia, 703(1), 1–14.
- Burrows, R., Raudino, A., Maher, D., & Wiseman, D. (2013). Early survival and canopy characteristics of retained habitat trees after timber harvesting and rough-heaped regeneration burning: implications for stand structural complexity in the karri forest. Conservation Science Western Australia, 8(3), 383–395.
- Burrows, R., Magierowski, R. H., Fellman, J. B., & Barmuta, L. A. (2012). Woody debris input and function in old-growth and clear-felled headwater streams. Forest Ecology and Management, 286, 73–80.
WorkshopHow do ecosystems respond to groundwater drawdown? A knowledge adoption workshop to inform environmental impact assessment, Office of Water Science, Australian Department of the Environment and Energy, 2017,
Attended by 89 state and federal regulators, 88% of whom said they will use insights from the workshop in their job within 12 months
Apply for a PhD or research degree at Griffith I'm an early career ecological researcher with broad interests in aquatic ecosystems, forested landscapes, terrestrial-aquatic linkages, and disturbance.
My research interests in terrestrial-aquatic linkages, ecosystem processes, and biogeochemistry enable me to address issues associated with the impact of disturbance (anthropogenic and natural) to streams, rivers, and downstream ecosystems.
PhD Doctor of Philosophy, University of Tasmania 2009 - 2013
BSc Bachelor of Science, University of Western Australia 2003 - 2007
Post-doctoral Researcher, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) 2013 - 2015
Maxwell Ralph Jacobs Award, Institute of Foresters of Australia 2009 - 2009
Early Career Representative, Australian Rivers Institute 2016 - 2017
Seminar Coordinator, Australian Rivers Institute 2015 - 2016
Early career member, Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography
Early career member, Society for Freshwater Sciences
Early career member, Australian Society for Limnology