A/PROF Ian Rutherfurd

A/PROF Ian Rutherfurd


  • Aspects of river channel change (including Quaternary and historical) (stream rehabilitation (returning physical and ecological function to streams))
  • Fluvial geomorphology (river, water)
  • River management



  • Ian Rutherfurd short CV

    Ian Rutherfurd has 20 years experience in the water sector. At present he is an Associate Professor in the School of Natural Resource Management and Geography in the University of Melbourne.  He recently completed five years working in the water and river management area at a senior level in the Victorian State government.

    He is a Chief Investigator in major Australian Research Council research grants, including projects on: evaluation of environmental flows, understanding nutrient processes in sediments that lead to algal blooms, and optimization of stream management decisions. He is on numerous advisory committees including: Melbourne Water’s Waterway Advisory Committee, and River Health Expert Advisory Panel; DSE’s Technical Advisory Panel; and the Gippsland Lakes Task Force. Ian has also been the Victorian representative on the review of the National Water Quality Management Strategy.

    Ian has just completed a five year secondment to the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment, where he was the Director of River Health for the state (and latterly the acting Executive Director), working within the Office of Water. This position was responsible for management of the State’s rivers, estuaries and wetlands, as well as implementing an annual $40m program of investment in stream rehabilitation.

    After working in government, and completing an ITT Fellowship in the USA (working on the Mississippi River), Ian completed his PhD in 1992. His thesis was on the fluvial geomorphology of the Murray River. Following a post-doctoral Fellowship in the area of climate modelling, Ian worked for a few years as a consultant fluvial geomorphologist. In 1994 he became a project leader (and senior research fellow) in the Cooperative Research Centre for Catchment Hydrology in the Department of Civil Engineering at Monash University, where he managed the waterway m   


Selected publications


Investigator on


Education and training

  • PhD, Monash University 1993
  • BA(Hons), University of Melbourne 1985

Awards and honors

  • ITT Fulbright Fellowship, 1998



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I have supervised over 30 PhD students to completion. At any one time I have about 5 to 6 PhD students involved in research into fluvial geomorphology, including river channel change, and river management.