Emeritus Professor, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia & Adjunct Professor at University of Kabang-Saan College of Science, Malayasia
20th March 2022: (3.20 pm to 4.50 pm IST)
Topic: Metamorphism and Sustainability (8 minutes)
Bob Wasson was educated as a geomorphologist with an interest inter alia in reconstruction of long-term change in aeolian landscapes and river catchments. The catchment research became more management focused with an emphasis on the identification of river sediment sources for targeted management, paying attention to climate and land use change. His most recent effort to identify river sediment sources has been in the Brahmaputra River catchment. Of late he has been researching extreme floods in Australia, Thailand and India, to which has been added studies of flood mitigation strategies and policies. Prior to joining the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2011, where his last post was at the Institute of Water Policy to 2018, he was Director of the Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies, Dean of Science and Head of the Department of Geography and Human Ecology at the Australian National University (ANU), then Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and International at Charles Darwin University, Australia. He has taught and researched at Sydney University, Macquarie University, University of Auckland, Monash University, NUS, and ANU. He has done research in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Timor Leste, Malaysia, India, Nepal, Pakistan, China, Myanmar and Thailand. He is Emeritus at ANU, and an Adjunct at James Cook University and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.