Researcher biography

Maddy is an ecologist with a background in plant physiology, ecohydrology and conservation. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons I) and Bachelor of Arts (Geography), both from UQ. After spending time overseas volunteering with various conservation groups and working as a consultant, Maddy returned to UQ as a PhD candidate with the School of Earth and Environmental Science. 

Maddy’s research focuses on the impact climate change will have on coastal groundwater systems and dependent ecosystems, where over-abstraction, pollution and saline intrusion threaten the quality and availability of groundwater for ecological communities. Her research aims to better predict and manage climate change impacts on coastal ecosystems that rely on groundwater, to help facilitate resilience in these important ecosystems. Maddy’s project is supported by Noosa Shire Council and an AINSE Post-graduate Research Award.