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Dr Tanya Doody

Principal Research Scientist; Group Leader

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Dr Tanya Doody undertakes research to further our understanding of groundwater dependent ecosystems (GDEs) across the world. In Australia, Tanya 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 20-30m monthly remote sensing timeseries data and machine learning methods. Tanya has focussed on publishing research to assist management understanding of GDEs and floodplain and riparian tree water requirements, to inform basin-scale hydrological management. This includes research to assist decisions related to environmental flow allocations in river basins.

Tanya also leads the Managing Water Ecosystems Group in CSIRO’s Environment, which investigates how riverine ecosystems respond to different water resource management and allocation strategies, including environmental water provisions.

Within the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office’s on-ground Monitoring, Evaluation and Research program - Flow-MER, Tanya leads the Basin-scale Vegetation Theme, working 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

Tanya has a very broad research base with skills in field data collection, remote sensing, GIS, measurement/modelling of evapotranspiration all under an umbrella of groudnwater dependent ecosystems as well as intergrative ecohydrology studies such as that undertaken in Nepal (

Current Roles

  • Research Group Leader
    Managing Water Ecosystems

  • Senior Project Leader
    Research portfolio of field measurement and scaling of floodplain tree evapotranspiration and water stress responses

  • Flow-MER 1.0 Theme Lead - Native Vegetation
    Flow-MER 1.0 - Murray-Darling Basinscale monitoring, research and evaluation

  • Team Member
    European Union COST Action - Enhancing Small-Medium IsLands resilience by securing the sustainability of Ecosystem Services (SMILES)

  • CSIRO's Research Advisory Committee Member (RAC) - Goyder Institute for Water Research
    RAC Member

  • International Team Member - 'SMILES' small island ecosystem European Union COST Action
    COST EU (European Cooperation in Science and Technology)

  • International Team Member - 'CONVERGES' riparian vegetation European Union COST Action
    COST EU (European Cooperation in Science and Technology)

Academic Qualifications

  • 2013

    PhD (with Deans Commendation for Thesis Excellence) - Topic 'Quantifying water savings form willow removal in Southeast Australia'
    The University of Adelaide

  • 2008

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

  • 1993

    Bachelor of Science - Major in Botany, Zoology and Geology
    The University of Adelaide

Professional Experiences

  • 2014-2024

    Hydrological Processes - Wiley

Achievements and Awards

  • 2024-2024

    Australian Water Awards - Australian Capital Territory (ACT): R&D Excellence Award Winner for the Ecosystem Functions in the Murray-Darling Basin Project (Investing in new knowledge to adapt the Murray-Darling Basin Plan)
    Australian Water Association

  • 2022-2022

    Growing Our Impact - Ecosystems Function Project
    CSIRO Land and Water

  • 2022-2022

    Customer Engagement and Delivery Culture Award - Engaging to improve water management in Asia
    CSIRO Land and Water

  • 2020-2020

    Inclusion and Diversity Award - SDIP Nepal Team
    CSIRO Land and Water

  • 2018-2018

    CSIRO Chairman's Medal for Research Excellence

  • 2015-2015

    Fellow of the Peter Cullen Trust - Science to Policy Leadership Program
    Peter Cullen Water and Environment Trust

  • 2014-2014

    Deans Commendation for PhD Thesis Excellence
    The University of Adelaide

  • 2013-2014

    Host - CSIRO CEO Visiting Scientist Award Dr Pamela Nagler

  • 2013-2013

    CSIRO Land and Water Research Excellence Award - Individual Award, Willow Water Savings Project

  • 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 Chief Executive Professional Development Award

Other highlights

  • 2023-2023

    Doody TM, Gao S, Vervoort W, Pritchard JL, Davies MJ, Nolan M. 2022. A river basin scale spatial model to advance understanding of riverine tree response to hydrological management. Journal of Environmental Management

  • 2022-2022

    Cook PG, Shanafield M, Anderson MS, Bourke S, Cartwright I, Cleverly J, Currell, Doody TM, Hofmann H, Hugmann H, Irvine D, Jakeman A, McKay J, Nelson R, Werner A. 2022. Towards sustainable groundwater management: An Australian perspective on current challenges. V44,

  • 2021-2021

    Doody TM, Gehrig S, Colloff MD, Vervoort RW, Doble R. 2021. Determining water requirements for Black Box (Eucalyptus largiflorens) floodplain woodlands of high conservation value using drip-irrigation. Hydrological Processes, 35(7), 1-14.

  • 2022-2022

    Gao S, Huete A, Kobayashi H, Doody TM, Weiwei L, Takai W, Yongguang Z, Xiaoliang L. 2022. Simulation of solar-induced chlorophyll florescence in a heterogenous forest using 3-D radiative transfer modelling and airborne LiDAR. Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 191, 1-17.

  • 2021-2021

    Tetzlaff D, Boyer E, Doody TM, Jefferson A, Molini A. 2021. Women advancing research on hydrological processes: Preface. Hydrological Processes 35(7) DOI: 10.1002/hyp.14267

  • 2017-2017

    Doody TM, Barron OV, Dowlsey K, Emelyanova I, Fawcett J, Overton IC, Pritchard JL, van Dijk AIJM, Warren G. 2017. Continental mapping of groundwater dependent ecosystems: A methodological framework to integrate diverse data and expert opinion. Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies, 10, 61-81

  • 2015-2015

    Doody TM, Colloff MJ, Davies M, Koul V, Benyon RG, Nagler PL. 2015. Quantifying water requirements of riparian river red gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) in the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia – implications for the management of environmental flows. Ecohydrology, 8(8), 1471-1487