Dr Ty Matthews

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Lecturer

Faculty

Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env

Department

School of Life & Env. Sciences

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2002
Bachelor of Science, Deakin University, 1995

Contact

ty.matthews@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 556 33516

Research interests

My research focuses on the importance of river flow regimes for aquatic biota and spans across freshwater, estuarine and marine ecosystems. This work began by describing the influence of high (i.e. flooding) and low flows (induced by drought) on the population dynamics of estuarine, benthic invertebrates. This then expanded into freshwater ecosystems, and has involved testing the influence of varying flow regimes on benthic algae, macroinvertebrates and fish. These tests have involved comparisons of plant and animal assemblages in unregulated and regulated streams, together with perennial and intermittent streams. I have supervised PhD research that assessed the importance of estuarine outflow on the productivity of near-shore coastal environments. Another major theme of my research includes assessing the importance of drought refuges for the persistence of biota in aquatic ecosystems. These projects test important ecological theory and are also strongly applied, so this research is providing new ecological knowledge and guiding environmental management.

Teaching interests

My teaching focuses on the ecology or marine, estuarine and freshwater ecosystems. I teach across all three levels of the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Marine Biology) and Bachelor of Fisheries and Aquaculture degrees at Warrnambool. I have supervised 23 Honours students working in a range of aquatic ecosystems, including lakes, rivers, estuaries and the open coast.

Units taught

1st Year
SLE103 Ecology and the Environment
SLE144 Aquatic Life

2nd Year
SLE255 Marine Biology
SLE244 Aquatic Ecology
SLE263 Marine and Coastal Ecosystems

3rd Year
SLE334 Temperate Marine Ecology
SLE314 Environmental Research Project

Honours coordinator on the Warrnambool campus (2013 - current)

Conferences

Recent Conference/Workshop Contributions

Halliday, BT, Lester, RE and Matthews, TG (2013). Water resource infrastructure and its potential as an anthropogenic refuge. Australian Society for Limnology, 52nd Annual Congress, Canberra, ACT.

Dodemaide, DT, Matthews, TG and Lester, RE (2013). Anthropogenic water storages as refuge for macroinvertebrates in South-West Victoria. Australian Society for Limnology, 52nd Annual Congress, Canberra, ACT.

Matthews, TG, Howson, T and  Lautenschlager, A (2013). Assessment of riparian restoration efforts in the Gellibrand River Catchment. Victorian Waterways Conference, Lorne, Vic.

Matthews, TG, Lester RE and Cummings, C (2012). Evaluating the utility of cold-water releases (“shandying”) for enhancing the resilience of riverine species. Final Presentation to End Users. Murdoch University, Perth, WA.

Matthews, TG, Lester RE and Cummings, C (2011). Evaluating the utility of cold-water releases (“shandying”) for enhancing the resilience of riverine species. End Users Workshop. Murdoch University, Perth, WA.

Publications

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2018

Anthropogenic water bodies as drought refuge for aquatic macroinvertebrates and macrophytes

D Dodemaide, T Matthews, D Iervasi, R Lester

(2018), Vol. 616-617, pp. 543-553, Science of the total environment, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Post-wildfire recovery of invertebrate diversity in drought-affected headwater streams

B Robson, E Chester, T Matthews, K Johnston

(2018), Vol. 80, Aquatic sciences, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal
2015

Limitations to the feasibility of using hypolimnetic releases to create refuges for riverine species in response to stream warming

T Matthews, R Lester, C Cummings, A Lautenschlager

(2015), Vol. 54, pp. 331-339, Environmental science and policy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Potential for water-resource infrastructure to act as refuge habitat

B Halliday, T Matthews, D Iervasi, D Dodemaide, P Pickett, M Linn, A Burns, I Bail, R Lester

(2015), Vol. 84, pp. 136-148, Ecological engineering, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal
2014

Utilization of organic matter by invertebrates along an estuarine gradient in an intermittently open estuary

A Lautenschlager, T Matthews, G Quinn

(2014), Vol. 149, pp. 232-243, Estuarine, coastal and shelf science, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Population genetic structure of the Australian caddisfly Lectrides varians Mosely (Trichoptera: Leptoceridae) and the identification of cryptic species in south-eastern Australia

S Wickson, E Chester, I Valenzuela, B Halliday, R Lester, T Matthews, A Miller

(2014), Vol. 18, pp. 1037-1046, Journal of insect conservation, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal

Constraints upon the response of fish and crayfish to environmental flow releases in a regulated headwater stream network

E Chester, T Matthews, T Howson, K Johnston, J Mackie, S Strachan, B Robson

(2014), Vol. 9, pp. 1-10, PLoS One, San Francisco, Calif., C1

journal

Impacts of extreme events on southeastern Australian freshwater crayfish

K Johnston, T Matthews, B Robson, E Chester

(2014), Vol. 20, pp. 61-71, Freshwater crayfish, [Hinterthal, Austria], C1-1

journal
2013

Conservation value of waterfalls as habitat for lotic insects of Western Victoria, Australia

S Rackemann, B Robson, T Matthews

(2013), Vol. 23, pp. 171-178, Aquatic conservation : marine and freshwater ecosystems, Chichester, England, C1

journal

Disturbance and the role of refuges in mediterranean climate streams

B Robson, E Chester, B Mitchell, T Matthews

(2013), Vol. 719, pp. 77-91, Hydrobiologia, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Macroinvertebrate response to environmental flows in headwater streams in Western Victoria, Australia

J Mackie, E Chester, T Matthews, B Robson

(2013), Vol. 53, pp. 100-105, Ecological engineering, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Ocean currents influence the genetic structure of an intertidal mollusc in southeastern Australia-implications for predicting the movement of passive dispersers across a marine biogeographic barrier

Adam Miller, Vincent Versace, Ty Matthews, Steven Montgomery, Kate Bowie

(2013), Vol. 3, pp. 1248-1261, Ecology and evolution, C1

journal

Novel methods for managing freshwater refuges against climate change in southern Australia. Final Report. National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility

B Robson, E Chester, M Allen, S Beatty, J Chambers, P Close, B Cook, C Cummings, P Davies, R Lester, A Lymbery, T Matthews, D Morgan, M Stock

(2013), Perth, W.A., A1-1

book

Novel methods for managing freshwater refuges against climate change in southern Australia: supporting document 1: evaluating the utility of cold-water releases ("shandying") for enhancing the resilience of riverine species

C Cummings, T Matthews, R Lester

(2013), Gold Coast, Qld., A1

book
2012

The development of 20 microsatellite loci for the Australian marine mollusk, Donax deltoides, through next generation DNA sequencing

Adam Miller, Vincent Versace, Ty Matthews, Kate Bowie

(2012), Vol. 4, pp. 257-260, Conservation genetics resources, C1

journal

Size and quantity of woody debris affects fish assemblages in a sediment-disturbed lowland river

T Howson, B Robson, T Matthews, B Mitchell

(2012), Vol. 40, pp. 144-152, Ecological engineering, Netherlands, C1

journal

A visualisation tool for experiential learning in environmental science : using football fields, agricultural fields and waterways to illustrate the implication of different water allocation decisions

A Wallis, M Graymore, T Matthews, S Byrne

(2012), pp. 73-86, Biology education for social and sustainable development, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, B1

chapter
2011

Influence of intermittent estuary outflow on coastal sediments of adjacent sandy beaches

J McKenzie, G Quinn, T Matthews, J Barton, A Bellgrove

(2011), Vol. 92, pp. 59-69, Estuarine, coastal and shelf science, London, U. K., C1

journal
2009

Can sand slugs in rivers deliver conservation benefits? The biodiversity value of tributary junction plug wetlands in the Glenelg River, Australia

P Lind, B Robson, B Mitchell, T Matthews

(2009), Vol. 60, pp. 426-434, Marine and freshwater research, Collingwood, Vic., C1

journal
2008

In situ growth of Soletellina alba (Bivalvia: Psammobiidae) in response to detrital supply and mouth status in a seasonally-closed estuary

T Matthews, P Fairweather

(2008), Vol. 78, pp. 145-154, Estuarine, coastal and shelf science, Oxford, England, C1

journal

Pathways for algal recolonization in seasonally-flowing streams

B Robson, T Matthews, P Lind, N Thomas

(2008), Vol. 53, pp. 2385-2401, Freshwater biology, Oxford, England, C1

journal
2006

Recruitment of the infaunal bivalve Soletellina Alba (Lamark,1818) (Bivalvia: Psammobiidae) in response to different sediment types and water depths within the intermittently open Hopkins River estuary

T Matthews, P Fairweather

(2006), Vol. 334, pp. 206-218, Journal of experimental marine biology and ecology, Amsterdam, Netherlands, C1

journal

Spatial and temporal changes in abundance of the infaunal bivalve Soletellina alba (Lamark, 1818) during a time of drought in the seasonally-closed Hopkins River Estuary, Victoria Australia

T Matthews

(2006), Vol. 66, pp. 13-20, Estuarine coastal and shelf science, New York, N.Y., C1

journal

Effect of fire on Benthic Algal Assemblage structure and recolonisation in intermittent streams

A Cowell, T Matthews, P Lind

(2006), Vol. 31, pp. 696-707, Austral ecology, Carlton, Vic., C1

journal
2004

Drought refuges affect algal recolonization in intermittent streams

B Robson, T Matthews

(2004), Vol. 20, pp. 753-763, River research and applications, Malden, Mass., C1

journal

Effect of flooding on estuarine bivalve populations near the mouth of the Hopkins River, Victoria, Australia

T Matthews, A Constable

(2004), Vol. 84, pp. 633-639, Journal of the marine biological association of the United Kingdom, Cambridge, England, C1

journal

Effect of lowered salinity on the survival, condition and reburial of Soletellina alba (Lamarck, 1818) (Bivalvia: Psammobiidae)

T Matthews, P Fairweather

(2004), Vol. 29, pp. 250-257, Austral ecology, Carlton, Vic., C1

journal
2003

Growth rates of the infaunal bivalve Soletellina alba (Lamarck, 1818) (Bivalvia: Psammobiidae) in an intermittent estuary of southern Australia

T Matthews, P Fairweather

(2003), Vol. 58, pp. 873-885, Estuarine coastal and shelf science, Oxford, England, C1

journal

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Passing flows for Victoria Range streams

Dr Ty Matthews, Dr Ed Chester, A/Prof Belinda Robson

  • 2009: $27,200
  • 2008: $72,000

Viability of using wastewater for environmental flows in intermittent streams

Dr Ty Matthews, A/Prof John Sherwood, A/Prof Belinda Robson, Prof Frank Stagnitti

  • 2010: $1,200
  • 2009: $22,810

A monitoring regime for the ecological state of Mount Emu Creek.

Dr Ty Matthews, Dr Ed Chester

  • 2009: $37,304

Evaluation of the ecological response to large scale river restoration in the Gellibrand and Carlisle Rivers, Western Victoria

Dr Ty Matthews

  • 2010: $45,000

Student Agreement. Influence of Landscape Change and Stock Exclusion on the Biodiversity of Aquatic Fauna and Flora.

Dr Ty Matthews, Miss Sarah Rackemann

  • 2012: $1,700
  • 2010: $7,000

Gellibrand Catchment Fish Study

Dr Ty Matthews, Mr Travis Howson, A/Prof Daniel Ierodiaconou

  • 2013: $16,000
  • 2012: $25,000
  • 2011: $55,000

Support for Research on Genetic Variability in Donax Deltoides

A/Prof Vincent Versace, Dr Adam Miller, Dr Ty Matthews, Miss k Bowie

  • 2011: $10,000

Management of the Northen Pacific Seastar (Asterias amurensis) in Tidal River estuary, Wilsons Promontory National Park

Dr Ty Matthews, Dr Adam Pope, Dr Jan Barton

  • 2013: $1,000
  • 2012: $11,200

Grampians National Park Post Flood Recovery of Aquatic Values

Dr Ty Matthews, A/Prof Rebecca Lester

  • 2013: $65,000

Assessment of aquatic fauna and flora occurring in water supply and sewerage treatment infrastructure

Dr Ty Matthews, A/Prof Rebecca Lester

  • 2013: $25,000

Estimates of relative growth, abundance and diet of stocked estuary perch from six Victorian Lakes

Dr Paul Jones, Dr Ty Matthews, A/Prof Laurie Laurenson

  • 2016: $3,302
  • 2015: $8,118

Assessment of Estuary Perch Stocking in Victorian Lakes

Dr Dion Iervasi, Dr Ty Matthews, Dr Paul Jones, A/Prof Laurie Laurenson

  • 2015: $5,000

SS019 - Environmental drivers of spawning migration in Australian bass in the Hunter River, NSW

Dr Paul Jones, Dr Ty Matthews

  • 2017: $750
  • 2016: $9,000

Proposal to Undertake Continued Monitoring of Riparian Restoration efforts in the Gellibrand River Catchment

Dr Ty Matthews

  • 2017: $11,100

Floating Reed Beds for Nutrient Reduction

Mr Tim Tutt, Dr Ty Matthews

  • 2017: $14,000

Inspiring Young Marine Science Experts - Stewards of Swan Bay

Ms Nicole Sadler, Dr Alecia Bellgrove, Dr Julianne Lynch, Dr Ty Matthews, Dr Prue Francis, A/Prof Julie Mondon

  • 2018: $18,115

Industry and Other Funding

Natural abundances of carbon and nitrogen stable istopes in the Hopkins Estuary and corresponding implications for benthic invertebrate food webs.

Prof Gerry Quinn, Dr Ty Matthews, Ms Agnes Lautenschlager

  • 2007: $4,700

Diseased blue copepods in intermittent estuaries in southern Australia.

Dr Paul Jones, Dr Ty Matthews, Dr Alex Hyatt, Dr Kerry Swadling, Mr Ben Roennfeldt

  • 2011: $5,000
  • 2010: $2,346
  • 2009: $7,346

The Ecology of Larval Ichthyofauna in Intermittent Estuaries

Dr Paul Jones, A/Prof Laurie Laurenson, Dr Ty Matthews, A/Prof Daniel Ierodiaconou, Mr Ben Roennfeldt

  • 2009: $7,500
  • 2008: $5,000
  • 2007: $5,000

Input of allochthonous and autochthonous primary production into the estuarine benthic macroinvertebrate foodweb along an estuarine gradient - an example from Australia

Prof Gerry Quinn, Dr Ty Matthews, Ms Agnes Lautenschlager

  • 2010: $2,000

Population genetics and movement patterns of small bodied native fish in intermittent streams

Dr Ty Matthews, A/Prof Belinda Robson, Mr Jonathan Mackie

  • 2010: $4,000

Dune vegetation change and hooded plover habitat monitoring coastal ecology drones

A/Prof Daniel Ierodiaconou, A/Prof Mike Weston, Dr Alexandre Schimel, Dr Ty Matthews

  • 2015: $2,545
  • 2014: $2,545

Environmental drivers of spawning migration in Australian bass in the Hunter River, NSW

Dr Paul Jones, Dr Ty Matthews

  • 2016: $27,830

Other Funding Sources

Novel methods for managing freshwater refuges against climate change in southern Australia - Evaluating the utility of cold water releases

Dr Ty Matthews, A/Prof Rebecca Lester

  • 2013: $6,184
  • 2012: $7,000
  • 2011: $20,000

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2014

Steven John Wickson

Thesis entitled: Life History of a Leptocerid Caddisfly in a Drying Environment

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Associate Supervisor
2018

Thomas Andrew Hurst

Thesis entitled: Restoration of Temperate Mangrove Ecosystems

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Jessica Ann Conlan

Thesis entitled: Nutritional Health of Captive Corals

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

2015

Wayne Michael Koster

Thesis entitled: Determinants of movement in freshwater fishes

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

2014

Travis Howson

Thesis entitled: Fish Assemblage Response to Experimental Rehabilitation in the Glenelg River

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Ruben-lee Roennfeldt

Thesis entitled: Iridoviruses of copepods: their identification, estuarine ecology and host histopathology

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

2011

Jessica McKenzie

Thesis entitled: Coastal Responses to Estuarine Discharge from Intermittently Open System

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Agnes Lautenschlager

Thesis entitled: Feeding Ecology of Benthic Invertebrates in an Intermittently Open Estuary

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

2009

Ivor Stuart

Thesis entitled: Fishways in Australia: Native Fish Passage and Introduced Species

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences