Ryan Burrows
Griffith University

Ryan Burrows photo in front of aquamarine waterholeDr Ryan Burrows, Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University

See Ryan’s full research profile here.

E: r.burrows@griffith.edu.au

What are your research interests as they relate to northern Australia?

I’m interested in understanding how ecosystems work, particularly how aquatic ecosystems are effected by changes in their watershed. I research processes of fundamental ecological importance such as primary productivity, organic matter decomposition and trophic interactions. In northern Australia, I have been trying to better understand how freshwater food webs work and how important groundwater is for surface-water ecosystems.


What do you love about working in northern Australia?

I love the isolation and the fact that most ecosystems remain free of large-scale human disturbance. I also love the people and the wonderful sense of community. My favourite place to work and play in northern Australia is the Kimberley – it’s vast and the colours are unlike anywhere on Earth.

My Projects

Current projectCompleted project
NESP RLH, 2021-2027NESP, 2015-2021NERP, 2012-2015TRaCK, 2005-present