Professor Robert Wasson

BA (Hons 1), PhD
Emeritus Professor ANU, Adjunct Professor JCU and Universitii Kebangsaan Malaysia
ANU College of Science
T: 0439861010

Areas of expertise

  • Sedimentology 040310
  • Environmental Rehabilitation (Excl. Bioremediation) 050207
  • Surfacewater Hydrology 040608
  • Geomorphology And Regolith And Landscape Evolution 040601
  • Land Capability And Soil Degradation 050302
  • Environmental Science And Management 0502

Research interests

River catchment processes and management

Flood processes and mitigation

Environmental disaster mitigation

Cross-dsiciplinary methods

Mine site rehabilitation



Professor Robert (Bob) Wasson is a geomorphologist with a PhD from Macquarie University, postdoctoral positions at the University of Auckland and the Australian National University (ANU). He has studied desert dunes, palaeoenvironmental change on centennial to millennial timescales, fluvial systems, mass movements, cross-disciplinary methods, and most recently extreme flood histories and mitigation strategies. He has held senior positions in Australia’s CSIRO, and at the Australian National University (Head of Geography, Director Centre for Environmental and Resource Studies, Dean of Science) and Charles Darwin University (Deputy Vice Chancellor Research). He joined the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2011 where he worked in the Geography Department, the Asia Research Institute and the Institute of Water Policy at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. He has done research in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Malaysia, India, Nepal, Pakistan, China, Myanmar and Thailand. 


Researcher's projects

Catchment prosesses and management in Timor-Leste

Flood mitigation in Assam, India

History of environmental disasters in Ladakh, India

Policy implications of extreme floods in Thailand

Flood risk and transport of pollutants to the GBR from extreme floods in fsr north Queensland


Available student projects

Flood mitigation strategies in Australia and Asia

Current student projects

Greening Drains in Canberra - Kate Harriden


Projects and Grants

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