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Dr Erica Garcia

Higher Degree by Research
Dr Erica Garcia

Dr Erica Garcia is an aquatic ecologist at CDU’s Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods and is a lecturer in the Faculty of Science and Technology. She moved from the USA to Darwin in 2008 for a postdoc as part of the TRaCK (Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge) program. Erica is now a research fellow at CDU where she leads projects on aquatic ecology and management, and tropical food webs. Dr Garcia is involved in collaborative, multidisciplinary research that focuses on the importance of water for the environment and the dynamics of aquatic food webs in a changing environment. Erica is starting an exciting 3-year project called the Northern Australian Community Groundwater Security Project, it is a citizen science program that aims to better understand groundwater resources in Northern Australia. She has supervised students in wetland ecology and management, food web ecology, ecology of aquatic invertebrates and ecology of threatened fish. Prospective students with an interest in aquatic ecology and management, and/or freshwater food webs are encouraged to contact Dr Garcia for further information.

Research Interests:

  • river and wetland ecology and management
  • food web ecology
  • groundwater ecology and resources


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