Dr Mana Gharun
C02F - Centre for Carbon, Water and Food
The University of Sydney
Mana Gharun is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Environmental Sciences with a specialization in Ecohydrology. Mana has a BSc in Water Engineering from Tehran University, Iran (2007), a MSc in Forest Ecology and Management from the University of Freiburg, Germany (2009) and a PhD in Ecohydrology from the University of Sydney, Australia (2013). Her current project examines the quantitative coupling between ecological dynamics and hydrological processes in the high country of south-east Australia.
Mana investigates the interactions between terrestrial ecosystems and the water cycle across spatial scales by combining field observations, laboratory measurements and remote sensing with modelling efforts. Her research outcome contributes both to the basic understanding of the scientific community, and is beneficial to those managing water-issues at a practical level.
Mana's current topics of particular interest include:
- Potential role of climatic shifts on the physiology and distribution of species across the landscape and connection to cycling of water
- Catchment water yield dynamics with emphasis on vegetation controls on transpiration
- Water use and impact of species on post-fire recovery.
Awards and honours
- Special Outstanding Presentation Award, University of Hokkaido, Japan, 2013
- Best Oral Presentation at the 3rd International Conference for Range, Watershed and Desert, Iran, 2013
- Travel Award of the University of Hokkaido, 2013
- University of Sydney Postgraduate Research Support Scheme funding, 2013
- Winner of the Three Minute PhD Challenge, FAE, University of Sydney, 2012
- Winner of People's Choice for the Three Minute PhD Challenge, FAE, University of Sydney, 2012
- University of Sydney fund for attending the Stable Isotopes in Biosphere Systems, 2012
- German Postgraduate Studies Funding, Landesgraduiertenfoerderungsgesetz (LGFG), 2010 (declined)
- Australian Postgraduate Awards Industry (APAI) Scholarship, 2010