Dr Jennie Fluin

 Position Research Associate
 Org Unit Earth Sciences
 Email jennie.fluin@adelaide.edu.au
 Mobile +61 4 3495 0885
 Location Mawson Laboratories ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    Dr. Fluin has been an active researcher in the field of applied palaeoecology for the past ten years. Fluin’s work has been published in leading journals including Environmental Science and Technology, Journal of Applied Ecology and Journal of Paleolimnology. Fluin’s research has focussed on recent (last 2000 years) ecological change to the lower Murray River wetlands, including the Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth. She has developed expertise in several indicators including diatoms, aquatic plant macrofossils, pigments, and stable isotopes. A pioneering outcome of this research has been the development of a flooding/drought model for the lower Murray region. This model allows researchers to reconstruct cycles of wetting and drying over thousands of years. It is likely that this model will have applications for developing new federal and state government water resource management strategies for the Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth. Fluin’s work on high resolution aquatic plant macrofossil analysis is innovative and valuable. It allows researchers to reconstruct aquatic flora over time and correlate these fluctuations with water quality and quantity changes. This means that, for the first time, researchers can document the responses of aquatic plants to climate on long timescales. Fluin is a senior Research Associate in the palaeoecological research group at the University of Adelaide and currently supervises four PhD students.

  • Qualifications

    Jennie has a BA (Hons) from Adelaide University and a PhD from Monash University (2002).

  • Publications



    Refereed journal articles


    Williams M.A.J., Williams F.M., Duller G.A.T., Munro R.N., Barrows T.T., Fluin J.(2010) Late Quaternary floods and droughts in the Nile valley, Sudan: new evidence from optically stimulated luminescence and AMS radiocarbon dating.Quaternary Science Reviews, 29 (1116)


    Fluin J, Tibby J, Gell PA (2009) 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 DOI: 10.1007/s10933-009-9333-8


    Gell P, Fluin J, Tibby J, Haynes D, Khanum S, Walsh B, Hancock G, Harrison J, Zawadzki A, Little F (2009). Anthropogenic acceleration of sediment accretion in lowland floodplain wetlands, Murray-Darling basin, Australia. Geomorphology


    Fluin J, Gell P, Haynes D, Tibby J, Hancock, G. (2007). Paleolimnological evidence for the independent evolution of neighbouring terminal lakes, the Murray Darling Basin, Australia. Hydrobiologia 591(1): 117-134.


    Tibby J, Gell PA, Fluin J (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(1): 207-218.


    Gell P, Fluin J, Tibby J, Haynes D, Khanum S, Walsh B, Hancock G, Harrison J, Zawadzki A, Little F, (2006). Changing fluxes of sediments and salts as recorded in lower River Murray wetlands, Australia. In: Rowan, J.S., Duck, R.W. Werritty, A. (Eds.) Sediment Dynamics and the Hydromorphology of Fluvial Systems. International Association Hydrological Science Publ.306, pp. 416-424.

    Gell P, Tibby J, Fluin J, Leahy P, Reid M, Adamson K, Bulpin S, MacGregor A, Wallbrink P, Walsh B (2005). Accessing limnological change and variability using fossil diatom assemblages, south-east Australia. Rivers Research and Applications 21: 257-269.

    Bennion H, Fluin J, Simpson G (2004). Assessing eutrophication and reference conditions for Scottish freshwater lochs using subfossil diatoms. Journal of Applied Ecology 41: 124-138.

    Tibby J, Reid M, Fluin, J, Hart BT, Kershaw AP (2003). Assessing long-term pH change in an Australian river catchment using monitoring and palaeolimnological data. Environmental Science and Technology, 37(15): 3250-3255.

    Reid M, Fluin J, Ogden R, Tibby J,  Kershaw AP (2003). Long-term perspectives on human impacts on floodplain-river ecosystems, Murray-Darling Basin, Australia. Verhandlungen der Internationalen Vereinigung für Theoretische und Angewandte Limnologie. 28(2): 710-716.

    Gell PA, Sluiter IR, Fluin J (2002). Seasonal and inter-annual variations in diatom assemblages in Murray River-connected wetlands in northwest Victoria, Australia. Marine & Freshwater Research, 53: 981-992

    Dam RAC, Fluin J, Suparan P, van der Kaars S (2001). Palaeoenvironmental developments in the Lake Tondano area (N. Sulawesi, Indonesia) since 33 000 yr B.P. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 171: 147–183.

    Van der Kaars S, Penny D, Tibby J, Fluin J, Dam RAC, Suparan P (2001). Late Quaternary palaeoecology, palynology and palaeolimnology of a tropical lowland swamp: Rawa Danau, West Java, Indonesia. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 171: 185–212.

    Refereed Conference proceedings

    Gell P, Fluin J, Tibby J, Hancock G, Harrison J, Zawecki A, Khanum S, Little F, Walsh B (2007). Anthropogenic Acceleration of Sediment Accretion in Lowland Floodplain Wetlands, Murray-Darling Basin, Australia. IGBP PAGES Land Use Changes in Fluvial Systems (LUCIFS) meeting, Frankfurt, May 12-14

    Fluin J  (1998). The downstream effects of sewage effluent discharge on Victorian Mountain Streams. Proceedings of the Inaugural Australian Diatom Workshop, Warrnambool, Australia, Feb 1997.


    Sonneman J, Sincock A, Fluin J, Reid M, Newall P, Tibby J,  Gell PA (2000). An Illustrated Guide to Common Stream Diatom Species from Temperate Australia. The Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre, Identification Guide No. 33, 166pp.



    Major Unpublished reports

    Fluin J and Gell PA (2008) Sediment derived scenarios of wetland status and change, the Lower Murray River, SA. Report submitted to the SA Murray Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board.


    Tibby J, Fluin J, Gell PA (2007) Palaeolimnology of Blue Lake, Nth Stradbroke Island, QLD. Report to the Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Water.


    Fluin J (2006) River Health monitoring of the streams and rivers in the Darwin region. Report to Department of Natural Resources, Environment and the Arts, Northern Territory.

    Fluin  J (2006) Assessment of the nutrient limitation of benthic algae in the Daly River. Report to Department of Natural Resources, Environment and the Arts, Northern Territory


    Fluin J (2004) Natural Heritage Trust funded project to recommend water requirements for algae in the Katherine River. Report to Department of Natural Resources, Environment and the Arts, Northern Territory


    Fluin J, Tibby J & Gell P (2004). Diatom assemblages of north-west Victorian wetlands. Report to Ogyris Pty Ltd. Geographical and Environmental Studies, University of Adelaide.


    Fluin J, Tibby J & Gell, P. (2004). Diatom biomonitoring of the effect of wastewater effluent from the Daldy Rd Wastewater Treatment Plant on the Goulburn River, 2003. Report to Water Ecoscience Pty Ltd. Geographical and Environmental Studies, University of Adelaide.


    Fluin J, Tibby J & Gell, P. (2004). Diatom assemblages above and below the Lower Molonglo Water Quality Control Centre: September 2003 to April 2004. Report to Ecowise Pty Ltd. Geographical and Environmental Studies, University of Adelaide.


    Fluin J & Tibby J (1998). Diatom ‘baseline’ assessment of Bangalook Creek: proposed Montrose Quarry (Vic) extension. Report to WSL consultants Pty Ltd. Geography and Environmental Science, Monash University.

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