Prof. Ian Cartwright - Honours Projects

Groundwater-surface water interaction

Supervisor: Prof Ian Cartwright
Field of study: Hydrogeology
Support Offered: Field and analytical costs

Understanding the contribution of groundwater inflows to rivers is critical to understanding catchment hydrology and protecting and managing water resources. These projects integrate a range of techniques to understand groundwater-surface water interaction in Victorian rivers. The projects will involve field sampling, geochemistry, and the analysis of long-term flow and EC measurements to document the location and fluxes of groundwater into the rivers. Relationships of groundwater inflows to rainfall variations, land use, water extraction, and topography will be used to assess potential impacts of future climate and land use changes.

These projects involve some fieldwork on local rivers, lab geochemistry, the interpretation of geochemical data, and the analysis of existing data from databases. Fieldwork requires that the student is able to drive School vehicles (Full licence or Green P-plates). Projects not involving fieldwork may be possible. The projects are well suited to students with interests in hydrogeology or environmental geochemistry who wish to go on to further research or who are seeking employment in the environmental sector.

For further information, contact ian.cartwright@monash.edu

Carbon geochemistry of rivers

Supervisor: Prof Ian Cartwright
Field of Study: Environmental geochemistry
Support Offered: Field and lab costs

Rivers are an integral part of the global C cycle. They transport both particulate and dissolved C from the land to the oceans and degas dissolved CO2 to the atmosphere. This project addresses the carbon geochemistry in contrasting streams in Victoria. It will use a combination of major ion geochemistry and stable carbon isotopes of river water, soil water, and organic material to understand the sources of carbon in the rivers, how rivers process carbon, and the degassing of CO2. Sampling will take place seasonally and involve catchments with native vegetation and farmland to assess the impacts of landuse change on the carbon cycle.

These projects involve fieldwork on local rivers, lab geochemistry, and the interpretation of geochemical data. Fieldwork requires that the student is able to drive School vehicles (Full licence or Green P-plates). The projects are best suited to students with an interest in environmental geochemistry who wish to go on to further research.

For further details contact: Ian Cartwright