CIE Seminar Series – 2021: Should what we know about the timescale of the effects of floods on aquatic macroinvertebrates be redefined?

SPEAKER: Dr Chi Thai Uyen Le, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University

DATE & TIME: Friday, 3rd December 2021 @ 12noon.

LOCATION: Seminar to be streamed via Zoom. Click HERE to connect (Meeting ID: 868 1352 2885, Password: 96947987).

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My talk will be divided into two parts:

As my postdoc project is at a very early stage, for the first part, I am taking the chance to talk about my PhD findings that concerned the analysis of 33-year monitoring dataset of macroinvertebrates and water quality spanning 2,300 km of the Murray River.

While much of the literature agrees that responses of macroinvertebrate communities to floods is transitory due to their low resistance and high resilience, recent studies using long-term data suggest that the effect of floods on macroinvertebrates may last a decade or more.

This part will show how my analysis of the long-term monitoring data on the Murray River indicates that effects of floods on macroinvertebrate community could last up to three decades, which may suggest redefinition of the timescale of the impacts of floods on macroinvertebrates.

The second part of my talk is to give an overview of the project that I am working on, which is related to assessment of non-indigenous marine species impacts on coastal and marine areas using participatory approach.


I was born and grew up in Vietnam. After finishing my Master’s degree in Environmental Science in Japan, I worked as a teaching assistant and assistant manager of the Okayama-Hue International Master’s Program in Sustainability in Rural and Environmental Systems in Vietnam for four years before coming to Australia to pursuit my PhD at La Trobe University.

I specialised in using data analysis and statistical modelling to explore environmental trends and environmental impacts caused by natural and anthropogenic stressors.

I joined Deakin University in July this year with an immense interest in combining qualitative and quantitative methods to solve research questions related to marine biosecurity.

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