Dr Marco Ghisalberti

  • Room: Level: 04 Room: D408
  • Building: Engineering Block D
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • Ecohydraulics (Physical-biological coupling in aquatic systems)
  • Environmental fluid mechanics (Flow, turbulence and transport in environmental systems)
  • Experimental fluid mechanics (Physical modelling of complex natural systems)


Marco Ghisalberti is in the Environmental Hydrology and Water Resources group in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering. His research is in the area of environmental fluid mechanics and ecohydraulics, with a focus on using experimental and numerical tools to understand flow, turbulence & transport in complex environmental systems, such as seagrass meadows, coral reefs, island wakes and porous media. 

Current research projects include: 
- Flow and mixing at the sediment-water interface 
- Sediment transport in aquatic ecosystems 
- Wake structure and upwelling in island wakes -
- Particle dynamics in aquatic ecosystems
- Predicting fluid residence time in coastal seagrass canopies
 - Improving hydraulic efficiency of wastewater treatment ponds (with WA Water Corporation)

Recent publications

  1. Keylock, CJ.; Ghisalberti, M.; Katul, GG.; Nepf, HM. A joint velocity-intermittency analysis reveals similarity in the vertical structure of atmospheric and hydrospheric canopy turbulence. Environmental Fluid Mechanics. Springer Science and Business Media LLC. 2019. DOI: 10.1007/s10652-019-09694-w
  2. Etminan, V.; Lowe, RJ.; Ghisalberti, M. Canopy resistance on oscillatory flows. Coastal Engineering. Elsevier BV. 2019, Vol. 152, pp. 103502-103502. DOI: 10.1016/j.coastaleng.2019.04.014
  3. Branson, PM.; Ghisalberti, M.; Ivey, GN.; Hopfinger, EJ. Cylinder wakes in shallow oscillatory flow: the coastal island wake problem. Journal of Fluid Mechanics. CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS. 2019, Vol. 874, pp. 158-184. DOI: 10.1017/jfm.2019.441
  4. Branson, PM.; Ghisalberti, M.; Ivey, GN. Three-dimensionality of shallow island wakes. Environmental Fluid Mechanics. Springer Nature. 2019. DOI: 10.1007/s10652-019-09661-5
  5. Voermans, JJ.; Ghisalberti, M.; Ivey, GN. A Model for Mass Transport Across the Sediment-Water Interface. Water Resources Research. AMER GEOPHYSICAL UNION. 2018, Vol. 54, Issue 4, pp. 2799-2812. DOI: 10.1002/2017WR022418
  6. Branson, PM.; Rayson, M.; Ghisalberti, M.; Ivey, GN. Coexistence of order and chaos in C major. Physical Review Fluids. AMER PHYSICAL SOC. 2018, Vol. 3, Issue 10. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevFluids.3.100510
  7. Morris, RL.; Konlechner, TM.; Ghisalberti, M.; Swearer, SE. From grey to green: Efficacy of eco-engineering solutions for nature-based coastal defence. Global Change Biology. WILEY. 2018, Vol. 24, Issue 5, pp. 1827-1842. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.14063
  8. Coggins, LX.; Sounness, J.; Zheng, L.; Ghisalberti, M.; Ghadouani, A. Impact of Hydrodynamic Reconfiguration with Baffles on Treatment Performance in Waste Stabilisation Ponds: A Full-Scale Experiment. Water. MDPI AG. 2018, Vol. 10, Issue 2. DOI: 10.3390/w10020109
  9. Grant, SB.; Gomez-velez, JD.; Ghisalberti, M. Modeling the Effects of Turbulence on Hyporheic Exchange and Local-to-Global Nutrient Processing in Streams. Water Resources Research. AMER GEOPHYSICAL UNION. 2018, Vol. 54, Issue 9, pp. 5883-5889. DOI: 10.1029/2018WR023078
  10. Etminan, V.; Ghisalberti, M.; Lowe, RJ. Predicting Bed Shear Stresses in Vegetated Channels. Water Resources Research. AMER GEOPHYSICAL UNION. 2018, Vol. 54, Issue 11, pp. 9187-9206. DOI: 10.1029/2018WR022811
  11. Van Rooijen, A.; Lowe, R.; Ghisalberti, M.; Conde-frias, M.; Tan, L. Predicting Current-Induced Drag in Emergent and Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Canopies. Frontiers in Marine Science. FRONTIERS MEDIA SA. 2018, Vol. 5, Issue DEC. DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2018.00449
  12. Espinosa-gayosso, A.; Ghisalberti, M.; Shimeta, J.; Ivey, GN. Predicting the Variation of Particle Capture Rates in Aquatic Ecosystems. INTEGRATIVE AND COMPARATIVE BIOLOGY. OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC. 2018, Vol. 58, pp. E60-E60.
  13. Pomeroy, AWM.; Lowe, RJ.; Ghisalberti, M.; Winter, G.; Storlazzi, C.; Cuttler, M. Spatial Variability of Sediment Transport Processes Over Intratidal and Subtidal Timescales Within a Fringing Coral Reef System. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface. AMER GEOPHYSICAL UNION. 2018, Vol. 123, Issue 5, pp. 1013-1034. DOI: 10.1002/2017JF004468
  14. Voermans, JJ.; Ghisalberti, M.; Ivey, GN. The Hydrodynamic Response of the Sediment-Water Interface to Coherent Turbulent Motions. Geophysical Research Letters. AMER GEOPHYSICAL UNION. 2018, Vol. 45, Issue 19, pp. 10520-10527. DOI: 10.1029/2018GL079850
  15. Abdolahpour, M.; Ghisalberti, M.; Mcmahon, K.; Lavery, PS. The impact of flexibility on flow, turbulence, and vertical mixing in coastal canopies. Limnology and Oceanography. WILEY. 2018, Vol. 63, Issue 6, pp. 2777-2792. DOI: 10.1002/lno.11008
  16. Adams, MP.; Ghisalberti, M.; Lowe, RJ.; Callaghan, DP.; Baird, ME.; Infantes, E.; O'brien, KR. Water residence time controls the feedback between seagrass, sediment and light: Implications for restoration. Advances in Water Resources. ELSEVIER SCI LTD. 2018, Vol. 117, pp. 14-26. DOI: 10.1016/j.advwatres.2018.04.004
  17. Etminan, V.; Lowe, RJ.; Ghisalberti, M. A new model for predicting the drag exerted by vegetation canopies. Water Resources Research. AMER GEOPHYSICAL UNION. 2017, Vol. 53, Issue 4, pp. 3179-3196. DOI: 10.1002/2016WR020090
  18. Guizien, K.; Ghisalberti, M. Living in the canopy of the animal forest: Physical and biogeochemical aspects. . Springer International Publishing. 2017, pp. 507-528. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-21012-4_14
  19. Pomeroy, AWM.; Lowe, RJ.; Ghisalberti, M.; Storlazzi, C.; Symonds, G.; Roelvink, D. Sediment transport in the presence of large reef bottom roughness. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans. AMER GEOPHYSICAL UNION. 2017, Vol. 122, Issue 2, pp. 1347-1368. DOI: 10.1002/2016JC011755
  20. Coggins, LX.; Ghisalberti, M.; Ghadouani, A. Sludge accumulation and distribution impact the hydraulic performance in waste stabilisation ponds. Water Research. PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD. 2017, Vol. 110, pp. 354-365. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2016.11.031

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