Dr Rebecca Bartley

Research Scientist

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Biography

Dr Rebecca Bartley is a Research Scientist with CSIRO Land and Water.

Dr Rebecca Bartley has experience in the fields of fluvial geomorphology and catchment hydrology. Her primary research interest has been the development of field experiments and monitoring projects that underpin and support large scale catchment models that are used to predict sediment and nutrient loads in Australia’s coastal catchments. Her work has included long term measurement based research in grazing, sugar cane and rainforest catchments in North Queensland. She has also worked on stream and catchment management projects in Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales, and on and land suitability assessments in north west Queensland.

Research topics of special interest have included:

(1) using sediment nuclides, dating, monitoring and modelling to improve our understanding of sediment sources and catchment scale sediment budgets

(2) review and synthesis of catchment scale water quality data for use in water quality models

(3) linking land management change to water quality improvements at multiple scales

(4) investigating the physical processes involved in the disturbance and recovery of landscapes and how this translates from catchments to the marine system

Recent Great Barrier Reef related Publications:

Bartley, R., Bainbridge, Z.T., Lewis, S.E., Kroon, F.J., Wilkinson, S.N., Brodie, J.E. and Silburn, D.M., 2014. Relating sediment impacts on coral reefs to watershed sources, processes and management: A review. Science of the Total Environment, 468–469C: 1138-1153, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2013.09.030.

Bartley, R., Corfield, J.P., Hawdon, A.A., Kinsey-Henderson, A.E., Abbott, B.N., Wilkinson, S.N. and Keen, R.J., 2014. Can changes to pasture management reduce runoff and sediment loss to the Great Barrier Reef? The results of a 10-year study in the Burdekin catchment, Australia. The Rangeland Journal, 36(1): 67-84, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/RJ13013.

Bartley, R., Croke, J., Bainbridge, Z.T., Austin, J.M. and Kuhnert, P.M., 2015. Combining contemporary and long-term erosion rates to target erosion hot-spots in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Anthropocene, 10(1-2), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ancene.2015.08.002.

Other Interests

Professional Invitations, contribution and affiliations:
• Board Member for the International Association for Sediment Water Sciences (IASWS), 2017-2020
• Peter Cullen Trust Fellow (Science to Policy Leadership Program), 2017
• Lead Chapter author for the Great Barrier Reef Scientific Consensus Statement, 2016/17
• Member of the Queensland Ministerial Great Barrier Reef Water Science Taskforce, 2015
• Technical advisory panels for Reef Trust, 2014 and the Burdekin Dry Tropics (WQIP), 2015
• Sediment Metric Think Tank member invited by the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, 2014
• Invited presenter Northern Australia Beef Research Council Meeting, Cairns, 2013
• Invited Speaker Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) meeting, Brisbane, 2013
• Invited speaker International Rangelands Congress, Argentina, 2011
• Science Meets Parliament, Canberra, 2011

Academic Qualifications

  • 2001

    PhD
    Monash University

  • 1996

    BSc (Hons, 1st class)
    Sydney University

Achievements and Awards

  • 2017

    Science to Policy Leadership Program
    Peter Cullen Trust

  • 2014-2017

    OCE Julius Award
    CSIRO

  • 2012

    CLW Journal Paper of the Year
    CSIRO

  • 2009

    OCE Payne-Scott Award
    CSIRO

  • 2001

    Young Water Scientist of the Year
    Australian Water Association (AWA)

  • 2001

    Best PhD presentation CRC Conference
    CRC Committee

Publications

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