Researcher biography

Maddy is an ecologist with a background in plant physiology, ecohydrology and conservation. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons I) and a Bachelor of Arts (Geography), both from The University of Queensland. After spending time overseas volunteering with various conservation groups and working as a consultant, Maddy returned to UQ as a PhD candidate with the School of Earth and Environmental Science. 

Maddy’s research focuses on the impact of climate change will have on coastal groundwater-dependent ecosystems in the Cooloola region, where over-abstraction, pollution and saline intrusion threaten the quality and availability of groundwater for ecological communities. Her research aims to better predict and manage impacts to help facilitate resilience in these important ecosystems. Maddy’s project is supported by Noosa Shire Council and an AINSE Post-graduate Research Award.