Dr Avril Horne

  • Room: Level: 04 Room: 410
  • Building: Engineering Block D
  • Campus: Parkville


Dr Avril Horne is a water policy specialist, with a rare combination of experience across economics, hydrology and policy. With fifteen years’ experience across a range of interdisciplinary projects, she has spent time in consulting, government and academia. As Assistant Director in the water group at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, she was heavily involved in the development of the water trading rules for the Murray Darling Basin Plan. Avril returned to academia in 2014, and is currently working on projects developing tools and systems to assist efficient and adaptive environmental water management; allocation mechanisms and institutional arrangements for environmental water; and reallocation policies between water sectors. Avril is the lead editor for “Water for the Environment: from policy and science to implementation and management”, a book that includes contributions from over 50 leading scientists and practitioners internationally. Research interests - environmental water management and allocation - water resource management and policy - water allocation - tradeoff decisions in water resource management - water markets and trade

Recent publications

  1. O’donnell, EL.; Horne, AC.; Godden, L.; Head, B. Cry me a river: building trust and maintaining legitimacy in environmental flows. Australasian Journal of Water Resources. Informa UK Limited. 2019, pp. 1-13. DOI: 10.1080/13241583.2019.1586058
  2. Kaur, S.; Horne, AC.; Nathan, R.; Szemis, JM.; Gibson, L.; Costa, AM.; Angus Webb, J.; Stewardson, M. Examining Trade-Offs in Piggybacking Flow Events while Making Environmental Release Decisions in a River System. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management. American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). 2019, Vol. 145, Issue 6, pp. 04019019-04019019. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0001048
  3. Hart, B.; O’donnell, E.; Horne, A. Sustainable water resources development in northern Australia: the need for coordination, integration and representation. International Journal of Water Resources Development. Informa UK Limited. 2019, pp. 1-23. DOI: 10.1080/07900627.2019.1578199
  4. Horne, AC.; Kaur, S.; Szemis, JM.; Costa, AM.; Nathan, R.; Webb, JA.; Stewardson, MJ.; Boland, N. Active Management of Environmental Water to Improve Ecological Outcomes. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management. ASCE-AMER SOC CIVIL ENGINEERS. 2018, Vol. 144, Issue 12. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0000991
  5. Wang, J.; Nathan, R.; Horne, A. Assessing the Impact of Climate Change on Environmental Outcomes in the Context of Natural Climate Variability. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management. ASCE-AMER SOC CIVIL ENGINEERS. 2018, Vol. 144, Issue 12. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0001008
  6. Horne, AC.; O'donnell, EL.; Loch, AJ.; Adamson, DC.; Hart, B.; Freebairn, J. Environmental water efficiency: Maximizing benefits and minimizing costs of environmental water use and management. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water. WILEY. 2018, Vol. 5, Issue 4. DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1285
  7. Horne, AC.; Szemis, JM.; Webb, JA.; Kaur, S.; Stewardson, MJ.; Bond, N.; Nathan, R. Informing Environmental Water Management Decisions: Using Conditional Probability Networks to Address the Information Needs of Planning and Implementation Cycles. Environmental Management. SPRINGER. 2018, Vol. 61, Issue 3, pp. 347-357. DOI: 10.1007/s00267-017-0874-8
  8. Arthington, AH.; Bhaduri, A.; Bunn, SE.; Jackson, SE.; Tharme, RE.; Tickner, D.; Young, B.; Acreman, M.; Baker, N.; Capon, S.; Horne, AC.; Kendy, E.; Mcclain, ME.; Poff, NL.; Richter, BD.; Ward, S. The Brisbane Declaration and Global Action Agenda on Environmental Flows (2018). Frontiers in Environmental Science. FRONTIERS MEDIA SA. 2018, Vol. 6, Issue JUL. DOI: 10.3389/fenvs.2018.00045
  9. Wang, J.; Horne, A.; Nathan, R.; Peel, M.; Neave, I. Vulnerability of Ecological Condition to the Sequencing of Wet and Dry Spells Prior to and during the Murray-Darling Basin Millennium Drought. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management. ASCE-AMER SOC CIVIL ENGINEERS. 2018, Vol. 144, Issue 8. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0000963
  10. Kaur, S.; Horne, A.; Stewardson, M.; Nathan, R.; Costa, A.; Szemis, J.; Webb, J. Challenges in determining frequency of high flow spells for varying thresholds in environmental flows programs. Journal of Ecohydraulics. Taylor & Francis Ltd. 2017, Vol. 2, Issue 1, pp. 28-37. DOI: 10.1080/24705357.2016.1276418
  11. Stewardson, MJ.; Webb, JA.; Horne, A. Environmental Flows and Eco-Hydrological Assessments in Rivers. . Elsevier. 2017, pp. 113-132. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-810523-8.00008-2
  12. Wang, J.; Nathan, R.; Horne, A.; Peel, MC.; Wei, Y.; Langford, J. Evaluating four downscaling methods for assessment of climate change impact on ecological indicators. Environmental Modelling & Software. ELSEVIER SCI LTD. 2017, Vol. 96, pp. 68-82. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2017.06.016
  13. Hart, BT.; Doolan, J.; Bunn, SE.; Horne, A.; Pollino, CA.; Rendell, R.; Webb, A. Future Challenges. . else. 2017, pp. 343-356. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-810523-8.00001-X
  14. Horne, AC.; Morris, CR.; Fowler, KJA.; Costelloe, JF.; Fletcher, TD. MANAGEMENT OPTIONS TO ADDRESS DIFFUSE CAUSES OF HYDROLOGIC ALTERATION. . ACADEMIC PRESS LTD-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD. 2017, pp. 453-481. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-803907-6.00020-6
  15. Horne, AC.; O'donnell, EL.; Tharme, RE. MECHANISMS TO ALLOCATE ENVIRONMENTAL WATER. . ACADEMIC PRESS LTD-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD. 2017, pp. 361-398. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-803907-6.00017-6
  16. Horne, AC.; O'donnell, EL.; Acreman, M.; Mcclain, ME.; Poff, NL.; Webb, JA.; Stewardson, MJ.; Bond, NR.; Richter, B.; Arthington, AH.; Tharme, RE.; Garrick, DE.; Daniell, KA.; Conallin, JC.; Thomas, GA.; Hart, BT. MOVING FORWARD: THE IMPLEMENTATION CHALLENGE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL WATER MANAGEMENT. . ACADEMIC PRESS LTD-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD. 2017, pp. 649-673. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-803907-6.00027-9
  17. Horne, AC.; Webb, JA.; O'donnell, E.; Arthington, AH.; Mcclain, M.; Bond, N.; Acreman, M.; Hart, B.; Stewardson, MJ.; Richter, B.; Poff, NL. Research Priorities to Improve Future Environmental Water Outcomes. Frontiers in Environmental Science. FRONTIERS MEDIA SA. 2017, Vol. 5, Issue DEC. DOI: 10.3389/fenvs.2017.00089
  18. Horne, AC.; O'donnell, EL.; Webb, JA.; Stewardson, MJ.; Acreman, M.; Richter, B. THE ENVIRONMENTAL WATER MANAGEMENT CYCLE. . ACADEMIC PRESS LTD-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD. 2017, pp. 3-16. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-803907-6.00001-2
  19. Stewardson, MJ.; Acreman, M.; Costelloe, JF.; Fletcher, TD.; Fowler, KJA.; Horne, AC.; Liu, G.; Mcclain, ME.; Peel, MC. UNDERSTANDING HYDROLOGICAL ALTERATION. . ACADEMIC PRESS LTD-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD. 2017, pp. 37-64. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-803907-6.00003-6
  20. Horne, A.; Kaur, S.; Szemis, J.; Costa, A.; Webb, JA.; Nathan, R.; Stewardson, M.; Lowe, L.; Boland, N. Using optimization to develop a "designer" environmental flow regime. Environmental Modelling & Software. ELSEVIER SCI LTD. 2017, Vol. 88, pp. 188-199. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2016.11.020

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