The Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management (Honours) is a one year full time (or equivalent part-time) program that allows students to further develop their specific area of interest and is a pathway into Research Higher Degree study.  The program consists of 80 units of advanced theory, higher level learning and research.

 

2016 Potential Research and Honours Topics (see below)

Water Quality and Destratification of Chichester Dam

Chichester Dam is a surface water reservoir (18.4GL capacity), located approximately 75km north of Newcastle within the Chichester Dam catchment area, and receives water from the Chichester and Wangat Rivers. The Chichester Dam catchment area spans 197km2 and is located largely within the World Heritage Listed Barrington Tops National Park. The catchment features extensive virgin forests with high ranges at the head of the rivers, which ensure the catchment receives abundant rainfall and minimal evaporation, resulting in high runoff. Chichester Dam is usually filled to its maximum quickly following medium to heavy rainfall, with around 100mm of runoff filling a previously empty dam. The surface area of Chichester Dam at full capacity is 180 hectares with a maximum depth of 37m

Hunter Water Corporation has expressed interest in supporting an Honours project or projects associated with the measurement of turbidity, nutrient and pathogen levels in the Chichester and Wangat Rivers which are both tributaries to the dam. Research work would also involve an assessment of the need to continue destratification of the dam waters and to also determine a nutrient budget associated with the on-going management of the reservoir..

 

Contact: A/Prof Phillip Geary

Phone: (02) 49216726

Email: Phil.Geary@newcastle.edu.au 

Environmental Water Science Research Group

 

Contact: Dr Craig Evans

Phone:  (02) 4921 5630

Email: Craig.Evans@newcastle.edu.au

Environmental Water Science Research Group

 

Estuarine Water Quality for Aquaculture

The quality of waters used for aquaculture in NSW is typically assessed using a number of standard water quality parameters and sanitary surveys are undertaken of land based activities which may impact estuarine water quality. Poor microbiological results can occur in shellfish harvest areas due to a number of factors. These can include restricted water circulation, heavy rainfall, increased run-off and anthropogenic impacts from residential developments, roosting birds, forestry and agriculture. Further work is needed to determine the relative contribution of human and non-human pollution sources in several estuaries used for aquaculture. Periodically the collected data are reviewed and assessments made as to the health of estuaries used for oyster growing. An opportunity now exists to review a number of existing data sets with respect to the waters currently used for aquaculture in NSW. Some field work would be involved in ground truthing the available information.

 

Contact: A/Prof Phillip Geary

Phone: (02) 4921 6726

Email:   Phil.Geary@newcastle.edu.au

Environmental Water Science Research Group

 

Contact: Dr Craig Evans

Phone:  (02) 4921 5630

Email: Craig.Evans@newcastle.edu.au

Environmental Water Science Research Group

 

 

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