QualificationsPh.D. (Monash): The Development and Application of a Diatom Calibration Set for Lake Salinity, Western Victoria, Australia
M. Env. Sci. (Monash): The Fire and Vegetation History of the Upper Delegate River Catchment, East Gippsland, Victoria, and its Implications for Forest Management
B.Sc. (Hons) (Monash): Birds of Victorian mallee isolates - a biogeographic approach to nature reserve delineation
Diploma of Education
- Director, Centre for Environmental Management
- CRN element leader 'Regional Landscape Change'
- IGBP PAGES Focus IV - Australian representative; leader of the Water theme; co-leader LIMPACS; co-leader Limpacs 'Salinity, Climate and Salinisation' working group; co-leader Floodplain wetlands research group.
Footprints on a Fragile Planet
Wetlands & Water Resources
Battarbee, R., Bennion, H., Rose, N. & Gell. P. (2012). Human Impact on Freshwater ecosystems. In Matthews (ed). Handbook of Environmental Change. Chapter 27.
Gell, P., Mills, K. & Grundell, R. (2012). The legacy of climate and catchment change: the real challange for wetland management. Hydrobiologia. DOI10.1007/s10750-012-1163-4
Grundell, R., Gell, P., Zawadzki, A. & Mills, K. (2012). Interaction between a river and its wetland: evidence from spatial variability in diatom and radioisotope records. Journal of Paleolimnology. 47: 205-219.
Dick, J., Haynes, D., Tibby, J., Garcia, A. & Gell, P. (2011). A history of aquatic plants in the Ramsar-listed Coorong wetland, South Australia. Journal of Paleolimnology. 46: 623-635.
Finlayson, M., Davis, J., Gell, P., Kingsford, R., Parton, K. & Smith, P. (2011). The status of wetlands and the predicted effect of global climate change: the situation in Australia. Aquatic Science. DOI: 10.1007/s00027-011-0232-5
Soepbrowati, T., Hadisusanto, S., Gell, P. & Zawadzki, A. (2012). The diatom stratigraphy of Rawapening Lake, implying eutrophication history. American Journal of Environmental Science. 8(3): 334-344.
Fluin, J., Tibby, J. & Gell, P. (2010). Testing the efficacy of electrical conductivity (EC)reconstructions from the lower Murray River (SE Australia): a comparison between measured and inferred EC. Journal of Paleolimnology. 43: 309-322.
Fritz, S.C. & Gell, P.A. (2010). Past, Recent, and Future Climate-Change Impacts on Hydrologic and Environmental Variability in Selected Regions of Asia. Quaternary International., 212: 1.
Tibby, J., Gell, P.A, Hancock, G., and Clark, M. (2010) Core correlation and sediment chronology from Kangaroo Creek Reservoir, South Australia: some lessons for reservoir palaeolimnology. Journal of Paleolimnology, 43: 535-549.
Gell, P. (2010). With the Benefit of Hindsight: The utility of palaeoecology in wetland condition assessment and identification of restoration targets. In: Batty, L., Hallberg, K. (Eds). Ecology of Industrial Pollution. Ecological Review Series, CUP & the British Ecological Society: 162-188.
Gell, P., Bennion, H. & Battarbee, R. (2009). Paleolimnology and the Restoration of Aquatic Systems. PAGES News, 17: 119-120.
Gell, P., Fluin, J., Tibby, J., Hancock, G., Harrison, J., Zawadzki, A., Haynes, D., Khanum, S., Little, F. & Walsh, B. (2009). Anthropogenic Acceleration of Sediment Accretion in Lowland Floodplain Wetlands, Murray-Darling Basin, Australia. Geomorphology, 108: 122-126.
Krull, E., Haynes, D., Lamontagne, S., Gell, P., McKirdy, D., Hancock, G., McGowan, J. & Smernik, R. (2009) Changes in the chemistry of sedimentary organic matter within the Coorong over space and time. Biogeochemistry, 92: 9-25.
Bickford, S., Gell, P. & Hancock, G.J. (2008). Wetland and terrestrial vegetation change since European settlement on the Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia. The Holocene, 18: 425-436.
Boggs, D.A., Gell, P., Eliot, I. & Knott, B. (2008). The distribution of modern diatom assemblages among small playas. Australian Journal of Botany, 56(2): 131-143.
Fitzsimmons, K.E, Gell, P.A., Bickford, S., Barrows, T.T., Mooney, S.P., Denham, T.P. & OZPACS contributers. (2008). The OZPACS database: a resource for understanding recent impacts on Australian ecosystems. Quaternary Australasia, 24: 2-6.
Tibby, J., Lane, M. & Gell, P.A. (2008). Local knowledge as a basis for environmental management: a cautionary tale from Lake Ainsworth, northern New South Wales. Environmental Conservation, 34: 334-341.
Chessman, B., Newall, P., Gell, P. & Bate, N. (2007). Development of diatom-based tools for assessing stream water quality in south-eastern Australia: A new species-level biotic index. Hydrobiologia, 58(6): 542-557.
Fluin, J., Gell, P., Haynes, D. & Tibby, J. (2007). Paleolimnological evidence for the independent evolution of neighbouring terminal lakes, the Murray Darling Basin, Australia. Hydrobiologia, 591: 117-134.
Gell, P., Baldwin, D., Little, F. & Tibby, J. & Hancock, G. (2007). The impact of regulation and salinisation on floodplain lakes: the lower River Murray, Australia. Hydrobiologia, 591: 135-146.
Gell, P., Fritz, S., Tibby, J. & Battarbee, R. (2007). LIMPACS - Human Impact on Lake Ecosystems: setting research priorities in the study of the impact of salinisation and climate change on lakes, 2005 - 2010. Hydrobiologia, 591: 99-101
Gell, P., Jones, R. & MacGregor, A. (2007) The sensitivity of wetlands and water resources to climate and catchment change, south-eastern Australia. PAGES News, 15 (1): 13-15.
Haynes, D., Gell, P., Tibby, J., Hancock, G. & Goonan, P. (2007). Against the tide: the freshening of naturally saline coastal lakes, south east South Australia. Hydrobiologia, 591: 165-183.
Tibby, J., Gell, P.A., Fluin, J. & Sluiter, I.R.K. (2007). Diatom-salinity relationships in wetlands: assessing the influence of salinity variability and site effects, with particular reference to the development of inference models. Hydrobiologia, 591: 207-218.
Gell, P.A. (2007). River Murray wetlands: past and future. In Potter, E., Mackinnon, A., McKenzie, S. & McKay, J. (eds) Fresh Water: New Perspectives on Water in Australia. Academy of the Social Sciences of Australia, MUP: 21-30.
Gell, P. Fluin, J., Tibby, J., Haynes, D., Khanum, S., Walsh, B., Hancock, G., Harrison, J. Zawecki, A. & Little, F. (2006). Changing Fluxes of Sediments and Salts as Recorded in lower River Murray wetlands, Australia. In Rowan, J., Duck, R. & Werrity, A. (Eds). Proceedings of the IAHS conference, Dundee, UK, July 2006. International Associated of Hydrological Sciences, 306: 416-424.
Philibert, A., Gell, P. Newall, P., Chessman, B. & Bate, N. (2006). Development of diatom-based tools for assessing stream water quality in south eastern Australia: Assessment of environmental transfer functions. Hydrobiologia 572:103-114.
Townsend, S.A. & Gell, P.A. (2005). Diatom assemblages on river substrates in tropical Australia: evidence for the similarity of epilithic and epidendric flora. Hydrobiologia 548: 101-115.
Gell, P., Bulpin, S., Wallbrink, P., Bickford, S. & Hancock, G. (2005). Tareena Billabong - A palaeolimnological history of an everchanging wetland, Chowilla Floodplain, lower Murray-Darling Basin. Marine and Freshwater Research 56: 441-456.
Bickford, S. & Gell, P. (2005). Human impact on Holocene environments: Vegetation History and Aboriginal wetland use as recorded in a microfossil profile from a wetland in the Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia. The Holocene 15(1): 200-215.
Gell, P., Tibby, J., Fluin, J., Leahy, P, Reid, M., Adamson, K., Bulpin, S., MacGregor, A., Wallbrink, P., Hancock, G. & Walsh, B. (2005). Accessing limnological change and variability using fossil diatom assemblages, south-east Australia. River Research and Applications 21: 257-269.
MacGregor, A.J., Gell, P.A., Wallbrink, P.J. & Hancock, G. (2005). Natural and post-disturbance variability in water quality of the lower Snowy River floodplain, Eastern Victoria, Australia. River Research and Applications 21: 201-213.
Research InterestsShort term palaeoecology to establish environmental baselines
Wetland and stream water quality biomonitoring
Climate Change, salinity and water as a natural resource
Birds as indicators of ecosystem health
Professor of Environmental Management