Andrew P Brooks
Assoc Prof Andrew Brooks’ is a fluvial geomorphologist at the Griffith Centre for Coastal Management with 24 years experience undertaking research throughout Australia on river process dynamics and rehabilitation. His team’s research recasting our understanding of sediment sources to the Great Barrier Reef (GBR)was recently recognised through the award of the 2017 Eureka Prize for Environmental Research. His early research focused on the extent to which Australian rivers have changed as a result of European land use; particularly changes associated with alterations to riparian vegetation and large wood as a control on river channel morphology, sediment transport and aquatic ecology. He has subsequently undertaken extensive research on river restoration approaches and has pioneered the technique of using Engineered Log Jams (ELJs) as a river restoration tool in Australia. He has been involved in numerous river restoration projects in Eastern Australia, notably as lead CI on a large ARC linkage project; the Upper Hunter River Rehabilitation Initiative. He has spent the last 15 years undertaking research on the geomorphology of Australia’s tropical savannah rivers – particularly throughout the Gulf of Carpentaria, Cape York and Burdekin, highlighting the significance of alluvial gully and bank erosion as dominant erosion processes in Northern Australia. From 2007-2011 he was a program leader within the Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge (TRaCK) program. Since 2009 his primary focus has been on understanding the sediment sources to the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area (GBRWHA), and has led projects funded through various Australian and Queensland Government programs focused on developing improved methods for identifying and predicting bank and gully erosion in GBR catchments. He is currently working on a number of projects focused on alluvial gully and stream bank rehabilitation in GBR catchments.
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