PROF Michael Stewardson

PROF Michael Stewardson


  • Freshwater ecosystem management (environmental flows, river restoration, environmental monitoring)
  • River science (ecohydrology, ecohydraulics, hydromorphology)
  • Water resources (environmental water, water sharing, river basin management)



  • Michael Stewardson is a Professor in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering at The University of Melbourne. He is Discipline Leader for Environmental Hydrology and Water Resources

    Research interests
    - ecohydraulics
    - hydromorphology
    - freshwater ecosystem management

    Current projects
    - understanding hyporheic exchange and its role in stream ecosystems
    - monitoring and evaluation of environmental flows
    - improving evidence-based practice in environmental management of rivers
    - understanding benefits of urban stormwater harvesting on stream health



Member of

  • European Geophysical Union. Member 2012 -
  • International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research. Member 2012 -
  • Society for Freshwater Science. Member 2006 -


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 1999
  • MEngSc, University of Melbourne 1994
  • BEngAgr (Hons), University of Melbourne 1991

Awards and honors

  • River Basin Management Society award for Building Knowledge in Waterway Management, 2013
  • National Eureka Prize for Water Research and Innovation, Australian Museum, 2011
  • Award for Excellence for Building Knowledge Across Disciplines, The University of Melbourne, 2011
  • GN Alexander Medal by Engineers Australia for best paper, 2004
  • Guy Parker Award by Australian Water & Waste Water Association for best paper, 2000



Available for supervision

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