SCU Staff Directory
Associate Professor Kathryn Taffs
BA(Hons)(Adel), GradCertHE(L&T)(SCU), PhD(Adel)
Current Appointment: Adjunct Associate Professor
Organisational Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering
Telephone: 02 6620 3045
Facsimile: 02 6621 2669
Kathryn is an Associate Professor in the School of Environment, Science and Engineering. She is currently Deputy Head of School, and her role includes teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and research in aquatic sciences. Kathryn's research focus is the use of palaeolimnological techniques to identify environmental change caused by climatic variation and anthropogenic disturbance in estuaries and wetlands. Recent research projects have focussed on the use of bioindicators to monitor river and estuary health. Knowledge of the environmental history of ecosystems is essential to develop a fuller understanding of benchmark conditions, natural variability, and key ecosystem thresholds. Such information can be applied within management strategies to more effectively conserve environmental resources.
Kathryn teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. At an undergraduate level she teaches the units Wetland Ecosystems and Earth Systems 2: the Hydrosphere. Kathryn also supervises third year research projects within the unit Integrated Projects, especially projects focused on wetland ecosystem biology, ecology and management. At postgraduate level Kathryn teaches Masters by coursework, Masters and PhD research programs. Recent and current PhD students have worked on coastal management, estuary dynamics and bio-indicators of water quality. Prospective students are welcome to contact Kathryn for project and research information.