Mulloon Institute Projects (Environment, Farming & Society)

A range of post-grad projects that can be formulated to suit Honours, Masters or PhD.

The projects will focus on four main themes -

  • Productivity – farm and natural capital, including soil health​
  • Hydrological – surface & sub-surface water balance & quality​
  • Ecological Function – diversity & abundance​
  • Social Capital – people, adapting to change and adopting new methods​


Themes are underpinned by broad focus areas

  • improve measures of hydrological function at multiple scales​
    This project is focusing on understanding the dynamics of the water movements and quality within the catchments.​
  • Be a catalyst for improving community engagement and cohesion within the catchment ​
    This project is focusing on understanding how the MRI attitudes. approach can improve Social Capital , Landholder participation and landholder ​
  • Significantly improve native floral and faunal diversity and abundance
    This project is focussing on understanding the dynamics of the flora and fauna of the catchment.​
  • Improve farm productivity & productivity and soil health. profitability
    This project is focusing on the combined adoption of Mulloon pasture management practices and catchment hydrology manipulation to improve: agricultural ​
There are numerous types of projects which can be undertaken, as per the examples below, however other project options related to the Themes will be considered:
  • Landscape Function Analysis
  • Bird Survey Analysis
  • Satellite Analysis of Riparian Vegetation Cover
  • Rapid Stream Appraisal
  • Conduct and Assess Water Balance Model APSIM SoilWAT
  • Assess soil water infiltration rates across the floodplains
  • Soil characterisation and calibration of Sentek soil moisture sensors
  • Satellite Analysis of Floodplain Vegetation Cover Change
  • Satellite Analysis of Floodplain Vegetation Biomass
  • Assessing catchment hydrology response to landscape rehydration actions
  • Assessing climate station datasets to calculate important metrics for application for farmers 

These can be done at various scales, including that of the catchment, property or subset management areas.

For more detailed information please refer to the PowerPoint presentation that provides background and many aspects of what monitoring is currently being done and what range of projects are on offer.