Dr Wayne Erskine (BSc (Hons) UNSW 1979, PhD UNSW 1987)
Fluvial geomorphology, fluvial sedimentology, hydrology, soils and soil erosion, limnology, river rehabilitation, riparian vegetation.
General research interests and background
Wayne Erskine is a program leader and principal research scientist with the ERISS Physico-Chemical Processes program. He has considerable research experience on rivers, floodplains, wetlands and lakes in most areas of Australia. His interests include palaeoflood hydrology, climate change, floodplain development, limnologial processes, sediment transport and contaminated sediment movement, soils and soil erosion, impacts of riparian vegetation on channel stability, restoration geomorphology and ecology, and fish movement, especially through engineering structures. Wayne has over 150 publications in international and national journals, and in a range of other peer-reviewed outlets. He has worked in the seasonally wet tropics of northern Australia since 1998 and has a keen interest in sandstone landscapes and in seasonal and ephemeral rivers.
Current key projects
- Extreme geophysical events and their landscape impacts in the Alligator Rivers Region
- Hydrologic and erosion response of the trial landform at Ranger mine
- Landform evolution modelling of the rehabilitated Ranger mine
- Hydrology, turbidity and suspended sediment transport of Magela and Gulungul Creeks
- Morphodynamics of Gulungul Creek in Kakadu National Park
- Bedload transport and yields in the Ngarradj Creek catchment at Jabiluka
Erskine, W.D., Chalmers, A.C. and Townley-Jones, M., 2010. The importance of sediment control for recovery of incised channels. In: Banasik, K., A.J. Horowitz, A.J., Owens, P.N., Stone, M. and Walling, D.E. (eds), Sediment Dynamics for a Changing Future. International Association of Hydrological Sciences Publ. No. 337, Wallingford, 211-219.
Erskine, W.D., Chalmers, A., Keene, A., Cheetham, M. and Bush, R., 2009. Role of a rheophyte in bench development on a sand-bed river in southeast Australia. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 34: 941-953. DOI: 10.1002/esp.1778.
Erskine,W.D., 2009. Natural versus anthropogenic sources of channel sand and fine gravel following integrated logging in the Letts Creek catchment, NSW. Australian Forestry 72(2): 61-70.
Erskine, W.D. and Townley-Jones, M., 2009. Historical rainfall changes on the Central Coast of NSW: Further Evidence of Alternating Rainfall Regimes. Proceedings H2009 32nd Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium, Newcastle, Engineers Australia, pp. 36-47.
Erskine WD 2008. Channel incision and sand compartmentalisation in an Australian sandstone basin subject to high flood variability. In: Schmidt, J., Cochrane, T., Phillips, C., Elliott, S., Davies, T. and Basher, L. (eds), Sediment Dynamics in Changing Environments. International Association of Hydrological Sciences Publ. No. 325, Wallingford, 283-290.
Erskine WD and Melville MD 2008. Geomorphic and stratigraphic complexity: Holocene alluvial history of upper Wollombi Brook, Australia. Geografiska Annaler 90A(1), 19-35.
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- Supervising Scientist Annual Report
- Consolidated list of publications by Supervising Scentist Division staff from 1978