Dr Sara Beavis

BA(Macq), PhD(UNSW), Grad DipEd(UCan), FGS, SFHEA
Senior Lecturer, Associate Director Postgraduate Coursework, Fenner School of Environment and Society
ANU College of Science

Areas of expertise

  • Surface Processes 040607
  • Surfacewater Hydrology 040608
  • Natural Resource Management 050209
  • Physical Geography And Environmental Geoscience 0406
  • Surface Water Quality Processes And Contaminated Sediment Assessment 410504


Dr Beavis has a background in environmental geology with a research and teaching focus on water.  She is interested in exploring the impacts of landuse change on stream discharge and water quality, and the cascading consequences for downstream water-dependent ecosystems and human communities.  Her work is concentrated in the Asia-Pacific region, including both continental and island environments across tropical and temperate ecosystems.  She has a particular interest in extractive industries, such as artisanal small scale mining in Indonesia, and  quarrying of river rock in island environments and how these impose profound impacts for local communities..

Researcher's projects

DFAT GPFD 2014-2018  Artisanal small scale mining in Nusa Tengarra Timur, Indonesia

ARC Project 2019-2024   DP190101253  The Rivers of the Tibetan Plateau in the Anthropocene: history and present trajectories

UNESCO, 2018-2019  Water Education for Climate Resilience in Asia and the Pacific: A Regional Curriculum 

UNESCO, 2020  A pedagogic framework for virtual field trips to support active learning in water management

World Bank 2021-2022  COVID-19 Emergency Response for ASM Communities: a view on the gendered impacts of the pandemic in Indonesia



Current student projects

Penny Godwin  Catchment hydrology and landcover in tropical karst savannas: a case study in East Sumba, Indonesia. 

Madeline Goddard   Buffering the rising tide: Mangrove sediment response to accelerating sea level rise in Australia

Vinesh Kumar: (under examination) Assessing the effectiveness of agricultural drought management in the Western Viti Levu (Fiji) Islands  

Kate Harriden Small scale interventions and Indigenous water knowledge

 Nicholas Metherall   A Ridge-to-reef environmental monitoring framework for Pacific Small Island Developing States.

Neil Sutherland    Assisting the Courts in resolving land-use conflict


Past student projects

  • Last six years only 


Hanif Prayitno (2015)  Application of modified multilevel porewater samplers in low permeability mangrove substrates

Jerry Anae (2016)  Selected heavy metal analysis of Ramu River in response to mining operations, Madang Province, PNG

Niraj Dhakal (2016)  Hydrological impacts of the Christchurch earthquakes, 2010-2011.

Tiku, Nishant (2019)  Water management and conservation using ice stupas and artificial glaciers

Khongorzul, Otgonbagana  (2020)  Erdenes tavan Tolgoi coal mine Mongolia: JSC licence area’s mine water use and water supply: implications for water resource protection, preservation and management in mining.

Vincent, Kat (2020) A greenhouse gas (GHG) estimation of two mine rehabilitation scenarios: a case study on a circular economic approach and what it means for emissions reduction


Jenna Roberts (2015) Fate and transport of selected endocrine disrupting compounds (EDC’s), pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCP’s), and detergent metabolites in an ACT municipal wastewater treatment plant, its effluent, and receiving waters

Neal Hughes (2016) Water property rights in regulated rivers

Claudia Benham (2018) Understanding and governing the impacts of industrial development in coastal social-ecological systems

Yaya Ulumuddin  (2019) Methane production and emissions in evolving mangrove forests: Ecological mangrove Rehabilitation (EMR) in Tanakeke, Indonesia

Jennifer Amparo  (2021) Dynamics of social ecological traps: the case of small scale fisheries in the Philippines



Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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Updated:  29 May 2024 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers