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Dr Anita Chalmers

Lecturer

School of Environmental and Life Sciences (Environmental Science and Management)

Career Summary

Biography

Dr Anita Chalmers is a plant ecologist/botanist within the School of Environmental and Life Sciences. She has almost twenty years of research experience in a number of different terrestrial ecosystems (rainforest, grassland, heath, riverine and wetland).

Her research interests aims to improve the management of vegetation by understanding its response to natural and human disturbances. Research conducted by Anita and her students include the effects of soil disturbance and nutrients on grasslands, the effects of fire regimes on plant diversity, hanging swamps, tree hollows, dieback in woody wetlands within urbanising catchments and the population dynamics of threatened species. 

In collaboration with University of Newcastle geomorphologist, Professor Wayne Erskine, and researchers at Southern Cross University she completed research on the vegetation at Widden Brook in the Hunter Valley of NSW. This research showed the important role that Casuarina cunninghamiana (River Oak) plays in river restoration (by enhancing the formation of in-channel benches) and that grazing by livestock reduces the recruitment of River Oaks. She also established the flow regimes typically experienced by River Oaks at Widden Brook. Anita is currently working on the riparian vegetation of Wollombi Brook, and its tributaries, with Professor Erskine. More research on the the links between vegetation, fluvial processes and sediment dynamics is needed if we are to effectively manage and restore riverine vegetation. Understanding how riparian and floodplain plant species respond to wet and dry climatic periods will also help us predict the impacts of climate change and determine environmental flow requirements.

Since 2005, Anita has collaborated with the Australian Plants Society (Central Coast Group) and Gosford City Council on a field experiment established in the edge of a rainforest at Katandra Reserve near Gosford. The experiment is testing how useful the long-stem planting technique (developed by Bill Hicks for riparian zones) is for rainforest restoration. This research is aimed at improving on-ground restoration outcomes.

Research Expertise
My research is aimed at improving the management and conservation of vegetation through understanding its response to natural and human disturbances. *Threatened wetland plant communties - we have investigated woody wetland plant communities (Swamp Sclerophyll Forest and Parrammatta Red Gum woodland) on the Central Coast that may be impacted by increasing urbanisation of the surrounding catchment. *Riparian trees - we have investigated the role of Casuarina cunninghamiana (River She-oak) in channel contraction on Widden Brook in the Upper Hunter Valley, it's mortality due to floods and whether it's tree rings can be used to confirm the age of fluvial landforms. *Rare species - we have conducted research on a number of threatened species over the years, including Prostanthera junonis, Darwinia glaucophylla and Grevillea shiressii. *Restoration techniques - in collaboration with Gosford City Council and the Australian Plants Society (Central Coast Group), we established a field experiment in the edge of a rainforest edge at Katandra Reserve near Gosford to test how useful the long-stem planting technique (developed by Bill Hicks for riparian zones) is for rainforest restoration. *Tree hollows - we investigated the abundance and size of tree hollows in five native woodland species common on the Central Coast of NSW and also whether fire regime affects the abundance of tree hollows. *Soil disturbance and nutrient enrichment - a field experiment was established on the Northern Tablelands of NSW to investigate the response of grassland species to mechanical soil disturbance and nutrient enrichment. *Plant traits - comparisons of the traits of native and exotic grassland species showed that weeds have traits that enable them to avoid summer moisture stress and the impacts of grazing. The root morphology of grassland species has been investigated in root tubes and inter-specific differences can be explained by life-cycle, and the ability to access fertiliser and subsoil moisture. *Fire disturbance - we have investigated the effects of fire regime on plant diversity in Wallum Heath (dominated by Banksia aemula), response of Flannel flower (Actinotis helianthi) to fire regime and soil type and the effect of fire regime on the floristic composition of Hanging Swamps on the Central Coast of NSW.

Teaching Expertise
Dr Anita Chalmers has been teaching in the disciplines of Sustainable Resource Management and Environmental Science and Management since 1999. She has taught a wide range of courses resulting in a broad interdisciplinary understanding of ecosystems and their management. Her teaching expertise includes:

  • Vegetation assessment, botany and plant identification (ENVS2005 & SRMT3010);
  • Sustainable agriculture (SRMT3050)- including conservation cropping and grazing management;
  • Sustainable forestry (SRMT3050)– including silvicultural practices, impacts and management strategies and carbon abatement through revegetation;
  • Land/vegetation degradation (ENVS2005 & SRMT3050)- including fragmentation, weed invasion, altered fire regimes, altered hydrology, dryland salinity, threatened plant species and communities;
  • Restoration ecology (SRMT3060) – including restoration planning, revegetation/tree planting, river restoration and evaluating restoration projects;
  • Freshwater ecosystems (SRMT2030) – including water quality, water pollution, water quality assessment, aquatic habitat and environmental flows;
  • Environmental values and attitudes (SRMT2010) - including landscape preference, environmental behaviour, strategies to change land-use practices, designing and implementing community surveys.



Administrative Expertise
 

  • Course co-ordination;
  • Honours Program Convenor - Discipline of Applied Science July 2006 - July 2010;
  • Member - Faculty Student Recruitment Committee (2003/2004) and Faculty Community & Marketing Working Group (2009-2012);
  • Member – Central Coast Regional Vegetation Committee (Ministerial Appointment) (2001-2003);
  • Member – NSW Scientific Committee (Ministerial Appointment) (2014 – current).


Collaborations
Current collaborations are investigating the links between vegetation and river processes. This includes the role of vegetation in enhancing sedimentation and preventing erosion along waterways. This research will lead to an understanding of how vegetation is involved in the formation of fluvial landforms such as benches and floodplains. As there are feedbacks between fluvial-sedimentation processes, the vegetation and the hydologic regime, my research looks at the flow requirements of riverine plant species and their dependency on groundwater. This involves research on the recruitment of riverine (i.e. riparian and floodplain) species and the maintenance of mature populations. Species we are currently working on include Casuarina cunninghamiana (River Oak), Tristaniopsis laurina (Water Gum) and a number of native grass species. Further, I am interested in the application of this research to river restoration projects. This research needs to investigate environmental flow requirements that facilitate habitat creation and plant recruitment, as well as the use of the long-stem planting technique to obtain better on-ground outcomes for restoration projects. Research on endangered woody wetland and floodplain communities and their hydrologic regimes (i.e. flooding and groundwater requirements) is also a high priority.


Qualifications

  • PhD, University of New England
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Australian flora
  • environmental flows
  • floodplain vegetation
  • plant conservation
  • plant ecology
  • restoration
  • riparian vegetation
  • river restoration
  • riverine plant species
  • sustainable agriculture
  • sustainable forestry
  • vegetation management
  • woody wetlands

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
060204 Freshwater Ecology 50
060299 Ecology not elsewhere classified 50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/02/2014 -  Committee Member (Ministerial Appointment) NSW Scientific Committee
Australia
1/01/2001 - 1/12/2003 Committee Member (NSW Ministerial Appointment) Central Coast Regional Vegetation Committee
Australia

Membership

Dates Title Organisation / Department
Member - Hunter/Central Coast Region National Parks and Wildlife Services Research Committee Hunter/Central Coast Region National Parks and Wildlife Services Research Committee
Australia
Member - Australian Ecological Society Australian Ecological Society
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/03/1997 - 1/03/1999 Project Manager/Research Assistant John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle
Newcastle Environmental Toxicology Research Unit
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Highlighted Publications

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2005 Chalmers AC, McIntyre S, Whalley RDB, Reid N, 'Grassland species response to soil disturbance and nutrient enrichment on the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales', Australian Journal of Botany, 53 485-499 (2005) [C1]
DOI 10.1071/BT04211
2006 Chalmers AC, 'Trait differences between exotic and native species within a long-grazed temperate grassland on the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales', Proceedings of the 15th Australian Weeds Conference (2006) [E1]
2007 Todarello P, Chalmers AC, 'The characteristics of five species of hollow-bearing trees on the New South Wales Central Coast', Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, 128 1-14 (2007) [C1]
2009 Chalmers AC, Erskine WD, Keene A, Bush R, 'Flow regimes influencing riparian vegetation on an unregulated sand-bed stream in the Hunter Valley, NSW', H2009: Proceedings of H2009, the 32nd Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium (2009) [E1]
2009 Keene A, Erskine WD, Chalmers AC, Bush R, Cheetham M, 'Riparian revegetation and creation of a pool-riffle sequence by river restoration works on the sand-bedded Widden Brook, Australia', The 7th International Symposium on Ecohydraulics: The International Conference of Science and Information Technologies for Sustainable Management of Aquatic Ecosystems CD-ROM (2009) [E1]
2009 Erskine WD, Chalmers AC, Keene A, Cheetham M, Bush R, 'Role of a rheophyte in bench development on a sand-bed river in southeast Australia', Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 34 941-953 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/esp.1778
Citations Scopus - 24Web of Science - 21
2012 Erskine WD, Keene A, Bush R, Cheetham M, Chalmers AC, 'Influence of riparian vegetation on channel widening and subsequent contraction on a sand-bed stream since European settlement: Widden Brook, Australia', Geomorphology, 147-148 102-114 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 13Web of Science - 11
2012 Chalmers AC, Erskine WD, Keene AF, Bush RT, 'Relationship between vegetation, hydrology and fluvial landforms on an unregulated sand-bed stream in the Hunter Valley, Australia', Austral Ecology, 37 193-203 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
2012 Erskine WD, Saynor MJ, Chalmers AC, Riley SJ, 'Water, wind, wood, and trees: Interactions, spatial variations, temporal dynamics, and their potential role in river rehabilitation', Geographical Research, 50 60-74 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
2012 Payne R, Chalmers AC, Laxton J, 'Understanding the characteristics of a groundwater-dependent ecosystem: Eucalyptus parramattensis Woodland at Porters Creek Wetland, NSW', Cunninghamia, 12 191-211 (2012) [C1]
2013 Erskine F, Chalmers AC, Erskine WD, 'Survival of Casuarina cunninghamiana on a recovering sand-bed stream in the Wollombi Valley of coastal New South Wales', Cunninghamia, 13 295-304 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.7751/cunninghamia.2013.007
2015 Chalmers AC, Bakewell G, Taggart A, 'Comparison of long-stem and standard tube-stock performance five years after planting in a rainforest edge on the Central Coast of NSW', Ecological Management and Restoration, 16 236-238 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/emr.12175
2016 Tozer M, Chalmers AC, 'Should Hunter Valley Weeping Myall Woodland in the Sydney Basin Bioregion be listed as a Threatened Ecological Community?', Cunninghamia, 15 201-201 (2016)
DOI 10.7751/cunninghamia.2015.15.011

Journal article (22 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Bhuyan DJ, Vuong QV, Chalmers AC, van Altena IA, Bowyer MC, Scarlett CJ, 'Development of the ultrasonic conditions as an advanced technique for extraction of phenolic compounds from Eucalyptus robusta', Separation Science and Technology (Philadelphia), 1-13 (2016)

© 2016 Taylor & FrancisThis study is designed to develop ultrasonic conditions as an advanced technique for optimal recovery of phenolics and antioxidants from Eucalyptus robusta... [more]

© 2016 Taylor & FrancisThis study is designed to develop ultrasonic conditions as an advanced technique for optimal recovery of phenolics and antioxidants from Eucalyptus robusta leaf and to evaluate the impact of solvents, temperature, sonication time and power on ultrasound-assisted extraction of these compounds. Temperature has the greatest impact on the total phenolic content (TPC) yield followed by time and power. A yield of 163.68 ± 2.13 mg GAE/g of TPC is observed using 250 W ultrasonic power for 90 min at 60°C with water. This study validates UAE as an efficient, green, and sustainable technique for extracting phenolics from E. robusta.

DOI 10.1080/01496395.2016.1250777
Co-authors C Scarlett, Michael Bowyer, Vanquan Vuong, Ian Vanaltena
2016 Tozer M, Chalmers AC, 'Should Hunter Valley Weeping Myall Woodland in the Sydney Basin Bioregion be listed as a Threatened Ecological Community?', Cunninghamia, 15 201-201 (2016)
DOI 10.7751/cunninghamia.2015.15.011
2016 Bhuyan DJ, Vuong QV, Bond DR, Chalmers AC, van Altena IA, Bowyer MC, Scarlett CJ, 'Exploring the least studied Australian eucalypt genera: Corymbia and Angophora for phytochemicals with anticancer activity against pancreatic malignancies.', Chem Biodivers, (2016)
DOI 10.1002/cbdv.201600291
Co-authors Vanquan Vuong, C Scarlett, Ian Vanaltena, Michael Bowyer
2016 Bhuyan DJ, Vuong QV, Chalmers AC, Van Altena IA, Bowyer MC, Scarlett CJ, 'Investigation of phytochemicals and antioxidant capacity of selected Eucalyptus species using conventional extraction', Chemical Papers, 70 567-575 (2016)

© 2015 Institute of Chemistry, Slovak Academy of Sciences.Eucalyptus species have found their place in traditional medicine and pharmacological research and they have also been s... [more]

© 2015 Institute of Chemistry, Slovak Academy of Sciences.Eucalyptus species have found their place in traditional medicine and pharmacological research and they have also been shown to possess a large number of phenolic compounds and antioxidants. The present study sought to implement conventional extraction to yield maximal total phenolic content (TPC), total flavonoid content (TFC), proanthocyanidins, antioxidants, and saponins from E. robusta using different solvents. The most suitable extraction solvent was further employed for extracting phytochemicals from E. saligna, E. microcorys, and E. globulus to select the Eucalyptus species with the greatest bioactive compound content. The results emphasised the efficiency of water in extracting TPC ((150.60 ± 2.47) mg of gallic acid equivalents per g), TFC ((38.83 ± 0.23) mg of rutin equivalents per g), proanthocyanidins ((5.14 ± 0.77) mg of catechin equivalents per g), and antioxidants ABTS ((525.67 ± 1.99) mg of trolox equivalents (TE) per g), DPPH ((378.61 ± 4.72) mg of TE per g); CUPRAC ((607.43 ± 6.69) mg of TE per g) from E. robusta. Moreover, the aqueous extract of E. robusta had the highest TPC, TFC and antioxidant values among the other Eucalyptus species tested. These findings highlighted the efficiency of conventional extraction in extracting natural bioactive compounds from Eucalyptus species for pharmaceutical and nutraceutical applications.

DOI 10.1515/chempap-2015-0237
Co-authors Ian Vanaltena, C Scarlett, Vanquan Vuong, Michael Bowyer
2015 Vuong QV, Hirun S, Chuen TLK, Goldsmith CD, Munro B, Bowyer MC, et al., 'Physicochemical, antioxidant and anti-cancer activity of a Eucalyptus robusta (Sm.) leaf aqueous extract', INDUSTRIAL CROPS AND PRODUCTS, 64 167-174 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.indcrop.2014.10.061
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Vanquan Vuong, Michael Bowyer, C Scarlett, Jennette Sakoff
2015 Munro B, Vuong QV, Chalmers AC, Goldsmith CD, Bowyer MC, Scarlett CJ, 'Phytochemical, Antioxidant and Anti-Cancer Properties of Euphorbia tirucalli Methanolic and Aqueous Extracts.', Antioxidants, 4 647-661 (2015) [C1]
Citations Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Michael Bowyer, Vanquan Vuong, C Scarlett
2015 Bhuyan DJ, Quan VV, Chalmers AC, van Altena IA, Bowyer MC, Scarlett CJ, 'Microwave-assisted extraction of Eucalyptus robusta leaf for the optimal yield of total phenolic compounds', INDUSTRIAL CROPS AND PRODUCTS, 69 290-299 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.indcrop.2015.02.044
Citations Scopus - 12Web of Science - 10
Co-authors C Scarlett, Michael Bowyer, Ian Vanaltena, Vanquan Vuong
2015 Chalmers AC, Bakewell G, Taggart A, 'Comparison of long-stem and standard tube-stock performance five years after planting in a rainforest edge on the Central Coast of NSW', Ecological Management and Restoration, 16 236-238 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/emr.12175
2015 Vuong QV, Chalmers AC, Jyoti Bhuyan D, Bowyer MC, Scarlett CJ, 'Botanical, phytochemical, and anticancer properties of the eucalyptus species', Chemistry and Biodiversity, 12 907-924 (2015) [C1]

Copyright © 2015 Verlag Helvetica Chimica Acta AG, Zürich.The genus Eucalyptus (Myrtaceae) is mainly native to Australia; however, some species are now distributed globally. Euc... [more]

Copyright © 2015 Verlag Helvetica Chimica Acta AG, Zürich.The genus Eucalyptus (Myrtaceae) is mainly native to Australia; however, some species are now distributed globally. Eucalyptus has been used in indigenous Australian medicines for the treatment of a range of aliments including colds, flu, fever, muscular aches, sores, internal pains, and inflammation. Eucalyptus oils containing volatile compounds have been widely used in the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries for a multitude of purposes. In addition, Eucalyptus extracts containing nonvolatile compounds are also an important source of key bioactive compounds, and several studies have linked Eucalyptus extracts with anticancer properties. With the increasing research interest in Eucalyptus and its health properties, this review briefly outlines the botanical features of Eucalyptus, discusses its traditional use as medicine, and comprehensively reviews its phytochemical and anticancer properties and, finally, proposes trends for future studies.

DOI 10.1002/cbdv.201400327
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Vanquan Vuong, C Scarlett, Michael Bowyer
2014 Vuong QV, Hirun S, Chuen TLK, Goldsmith CD, Bowyer MC, Chalmers AC, et al., 'Physicochemical composition, antioxidant and anti-proliferative capacity of a lilly pilly (Syzygium paniculatum) extract', Journal of Herbal Medicine, 4 134-140 (2014) [C1]

Lilly pilly (LP) fruit (Syzygium paniculatum Gaertn.) is widely grown in eastern Australia and has been used as food by indigenous Australians. However, there is limited informati... [more]

Lilly pilly (LP) fruit (Syzygium paniculatum Gaertn.) is widely grown in eastern Australia and has been used as food by indigenous Australians. However, there is limited information on its bioactivity. This study investigated the physicochemical and antioxidant properties of the crude fruit extract, identified its bioactive compounds and also assessed its potential anti-proliferative effect on pancreatic cancer cells. Our data showed that the LP extract was water-soluble and possessed a total phenolic content of 96 mg of gallic acid equivalents (GAE)/g, flavonoid levels of 52 mg catechin equivalents (CAE)/g, proanthocyanidin levels of 29 mg CAE/g. Several phenolic compounds such as gallic acid, chlorogenic acid, catechin and epicatechin were identified in the LP extract with levels of 0.39, 2.35, 0.47 and 2.9 mg/g, respectively. Results from six different antioxidant assays revealed that the LP extract pocessed potent antioxidant and free radical scavenging capacity. Although antioxidant capacity of the extract was lower than that of vitamin E, vitamin C and BHT, it could be significantly improved if the extract was to be further purified. We also showed that the LP extract (200 µg/mL) significantly reduced the viability of MiaPaCa-2 and ASPC-1 pancreatic cancer cells to levels comparable to that of the chemotherapeutic agent gemcitabine. For this reason lilly pilly should be further investigated for its health promoting and potential anti-cancer benefits, particularly for pancreatic cancer. © 2014 Elsevier GmbH.

DOI 10.1016/j.hermed.2014.04.003
Citations Scopus - 5
Co-authors Michael Bowyer, Vanquan Vuong, C Scarlett
2014 Booyens C, Chalmers AC, Beckers D, 'The effect of disturbance regime on Darwinia glaucophylla (Myrtaceae) and its habitat.', Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, 136 231-244 (2014) [C1]
2014 Vuong QV, Hirun S, Chuen TLK, Goldsmith CD, Bowyer MC, Chalmers AC, et al., 'Physicochemical composition, antioxidant and anti-proliferative capacity of a lilly pilly (Syzygium paniculatum) extract', JOURNAL OF HERBAL MEDICINE, 4 134-140 (2014)
DOI 10.1016/j.hermed.2014.04.003
Citations Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Michael Bowyer, Vanquan Vuong, C Scarlett
2013 Erskine F, Chalmers AC, Erskine WD, 'Survival of Casuarina cunninghamiana on a recovering sand-bed stream in the Wollombi Valley of coastal New South Wales', Cunninghamia, 13 295-304 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.7751/cunninghamia.2013.007
2012 Erskine WD, Keene A, Bush R, Cheetham M, Chalmers AC, 'Influence of riparian vegetation on channel widening and subsequent contraction on a sand-bed stream since European settlement: Widden Brook, Australia', Geomorphology, 147-148 102-114 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 13Web of Science - 11
2012 Chalmers AC, Erskine WD, Keene AF, Bush RT, 'Relationship between vegetation, hydrology and fluvial landforms on an unregulated sand-bed stream in the Hunter Valley, Australia', Austral Ecology, 37 193-203 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
2012 Erskine WD, Saynor MJ, Chalmers AC, Riley SJ, 'Water, wind, wood, and trees: Interactions, spatial variations, temporal dynamics, and their potential role in river rehabilitation', Geographical Research, 50 60-74 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
2012 Payne R, Chalmers AC, Laxton J, 'Understanding the characteristics of a groundwater-dependent ecosystem: Eucalyptus parramattensis Woodland at Porters Creek Wetland, NSW', Cunninghamia, 12 191-211 (2012) [C1]
2009 Erskine WD, Chalmers AC, Keene A, Cheetham M, Bush R, 'Role of a rheophyte in bench development on a sand-bed river in southeast Australia', Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 34 941-953 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/esp.1778
Citations Scopus - 24Web of Science - 21
2007 Todarello P, Chalmers AC, 'The characteristics of five species of hollow-bearing trees on the New South Wales Central Coast', Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, 128 1-14 (2007) [C1]
2007 Chalmers AC, Bakewell G, Taggart A, 'Improved growth and survival of deep-planted long-stem tube-stock within a rainforest edge on the Central Coast of New South Wales: Preliminary results', Ecological Management & Restoration, 8 151-154 (2007) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1442-8903.2007.00355.x
2005 Chalmers AC, McIntyre S, Whalley RDB, Reid N, 'Grassland species response to soil disturbance and nutrient enrichment on the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales', Australian Journal of Botany, 53 485-499 (2005) [C1]
DOI 10.1071/BT04211
1994 Chalmers AC, Turner JC, 'Climbing plants in relation to their supports in a stand of dry rainforest in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales.', Proc. Linn. Soc. N.S.W, 114 73-90 (1994) [C1]
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Conference (7 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Bond D, Turner A, Richmond R, Sadeqzadeh E, Vuong Q, Bhuyan D, et al., 'THE SEARCH FOR NOVEL TREATMENT AGENTS FOR PANCREATIC CANCER: TALES FROM THE LAND AND SEA', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Ian Vanaltena, Jennette Sakoff, Michael Bowyer, Troy Gaston, Vanquan Vuong, Judith Weidenhofer, C Scarlett
2014 Sadeqzadeh E, Vuong QV, Goldsmith CD, Nguyen VT, Bhuyan DJ, Trung TD, et al., 'A NATURAL PRODUCT DRUG DISCOVERY PIPELINE FOR NOVEL PANCREATIC CANCER THERAPIES: A NEW CANCER RESEARCH HUB FOR THE HUNTER REGION OF NSW', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Rick Thorne, Troy Gaston, Vanquan Vuong, Judith Weidenhofer, C Scarlett, Ian Vanaltena, Michael Bowyer, Natalie Moltschaniwskyj
2010 Erskine WD, Chalmers AC, Townley-Jones ME, 'The importance of sediment control for recovery of incised channels', Sediment Dynamics for a Changing Future (2010) [E1]
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Maureen Townley-Jones
2009 Chalmers AC, Erskine WD, Keene A, Bush R, 'Flow regimes influencing riparian vegetation on an unregulated sand-bed stream in the Hunter Valley, NSW', H2009: Proceedings of H2009, the 32nd Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium (2009) [E1]
2009 Keene A, Erskine WD, Chalmers AC, Bush R, Cheetham M, 'Riparian revegetation and creation of a pool-riffle sequence by river restoration works on the sand-bedded Widden Brook, Australia', The 7th International Symposium on Ecohydraulics: The International Conference of Science and Information Technologies for Sustainable Management of Aquatic Ecosystems CD-ROM (2009) [E1]
2009 Erskine WD, Chalmers AC, 'Natural river recovery from catastrophic channel changes by vegetation invasion of the sand-bedded Wollombi Brook, Australia', The 7th International Symposium on Ecohydraulics: The International Conference of Science and Information Technologies for Sustainable Management of Aquatic Ecosystems CD-ROM (2009) [E1]
2006 Chalmers AC, 'Trait differences between exotic and native species within a long-grazed temperate grassland on the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales', Proceedings of the 15th Australian Weeds Conference (2006) [E1]
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed3
Current3

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD1.05

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2017 PhD An Investigation into the Occurrence of Vegetation Stalling in Mining Areas Within the Hunter Valley
PhD (Environmental Sc), Faculty of Science, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2015 PhD Improving Environmental Governance through Public-Private Partnership (PPP) as a Responsive Culture for Participatory Management in Bangladesh: A Sustainable Approach to Assess Socio-Politico-Economic Impact
PhD (Sustainable Res Mngt), Faculty of Science, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2006 PhD Processes, Rates and Pathways to Recovering River Channel Functions Through Geomorphically Effective Floods: A Case Study of the Highly Regulated Snowy River Downstream of Jindabyne Dam, Australia
PhD (Sustainable Res Mngt), Faculty of Science, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2011 Masters The Effect of Disturbance Regimes (Fire and Slashing) on Populations of Darwinia Glaucophylla on the Central Coast of NSW, Australia
M Philosophy (SustainResMngt), Faculty of Science, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2011 Masters Attitudes, Values, and Knowledge Relating to Australian Native Wildlife
M Philosophy (Psychology), Faculty of Science, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2006 PhD Response of Frog Populations to Habitat Attributes and Riparian Zone Rehabilitation Across an Urban-Rural Gradient in the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia
PhD (Sustainable Res Mngt), Faculty of Science, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
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Research Projects

Riverine vegetation at Widden Brook 2015

A productive research partnership with Professor Wayne Erskine (fluvial geomorphologist), since 2004, has contributed to the UoN research strength in geosciences. At Widden Brook, in the upper Hunter Valley of NSW we investigated the links between vegetation and channel contraction after historical over-widening of a sand-bed stream. We demonstrated the important role that River She-oak (Casuarina cunninghamiana) plays in the formation of fluvial landforms.

Publications

Erskine WD, Chalmers AC, Keene A, Cheetham M, Bush R, 'Role of a rheophyte in bench development on a sand-bed river in southeast Australia', Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 34 941-953 (2009) [C1]

Erskine WD, Keene A, Bush R, Cheetham M, Chalmers AC, 'Influence of riparian vegetation on channel widening and subsequent contraction on a sand-bed stream since European settlement: Widden Brook, Australia', Geomorphology, 147-148 102-114 (2012) [C1]


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Dr Anita Chalmers

Position

Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Faculty of Science

Focus area

Environmental Science and Management

Contact Details

Email anita.chalmers@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4349 4462
Fax (02) 4348 4145

Office

Room SOE147
Building Science Offices.
Location Ourimbah
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah, NSW 2258
Australia
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