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Dr Tanya Doody

Principle Research Scientist; Group Leader

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Dr Tanya Doody leads integrative and multidisciplinary science to link ecological responses of floodplain and riparian tree vegetation to altered water availability in the Murray-Darling Basin and beyond. Research outcomes provide management options and tools to natural resource managers, local industry and government bodies, to monitor tree water stress changes over the last 20+ years. Critical to providing these outcomes is innovation to scale up robust field measurements of tree water use to broader scales using 30m monthly remote sensing timeseries data and machine learning. Tanya has published several papers to assist management understanding of floodplain and riparian tree water requirements, to inform environmental flow management.

Tanya also leads the Managing Water Ecosystems Group in CSIRO’s Land and Water, which investigates how riverine ecosystems respond to different water resource management and allocation strategies, including environmental water provisions. Tanya also leads the Vegetation Theme in Flow-MER, the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office’s on-ground Monitoring, Evaluation and Research program which works in partnership with scientists, water managers and communities across the Murray-Darling Basin to help us understand how fish, birds, vegetation and river connectivity are responding to Commonwealth environmental water (

Other Interests

Dr Doody has a very broad research base with skills in field data collection, remote sensing, GIS, floodplain inundation modelling as well as measurement/modelling of evapotranspiration and intergrative ecohydrology studies such as that undertaken in Nepal (

Current Roles

  • Project Leader
    Efficient Floodplain Management

  • Assistant Research Group Leader
    Managing Water Ecosystems

  • Ecology lead
    SDIP - Nepal

  • Project Leadeer
    Soil moisture and riparian vegetation - Calperum Floodplain

  • Team Member
    Benefits of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan

  • Project Leader
    Groundwater Dependent Ecosystem Explanatory Notes

  • Team Member
    COST Action - Riparian management in the European Union

Academic Qualifications

  • 2013

    PhD (Deans Commendation)
    The University of Adelaide

  • 2008

    Grad. Dip. GIS and Remote Sensing with High Distinction
    Charles Sturt University

  • 1993

    The University of Adelaide

Professional Experiences

  • 2008-2013

    Adjunct student
    The University of Adelaide

Achievements and Awards

  • 2013-2013

    CSIRO Land and Water Research Excellence Award

  • 2014-2014

    Deans Commendation for PhD Thesis Excellence
    The University of Adelaide

  • 2013-2014

    Host - CSIRO CEO Visiting Scientist Award Dr Pamela Nagler

  • 2012-2013

    GDE Atlas - Geospatial World Forum Application Excellence
    Goespatial World Awards

  • 2012-2013

    GDE Atlas - 8th Victorian Spatial Excellence, Spatial Enablement category
    Victorian Government

  • 2009-2010

    CSIRO Office of the Chief Executive Study Award

Other highlights

  • 2014-2018

    Editor - Hydrological Processes

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2017-2018