Category Archives: Historical ecology

Historical Ecology PhD project and scholarship: Stuffed Murray Cod in Pubs

PhD Project: ‘Stuffed Murray cod in pubs: trophy fish and environmental change in the Murray-Darling Basin’ There is an exciting opportunity to carry out a PhD project in the School of Environmental Sciences, Charles Sturt University, Albury, on the topic … Continue reading

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Rivers of art: Hellenistic Art

Classical Ancient Greek art largely featured humans or deities performing feats of courage (wrestling lions, stabbing minotaurs – that sort of thing), fighting battles or involved in calmer domestic situations. Indeed, Ancient Greek mythology provided a rich source of material … Continue reading

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Stuffed Murray cod in pubs

Hi all Murray cod lovers, we are just getting underway a new project to find – and describe information related to – stuffed Murray cod in pubs around the Murray-Darling Basin. It is part cultural heritage, part environmental history and … Continue reading

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G. P. Whitley – legendary Australian ichthyologist

If you will forgive a deviation from rivers…. Gilbert Percy Whitley’s name is well known to anybody who has studied Australian fishes. He was a superb taxonomist, describing many new species over his long career at the Australian Museum.  I … Continue reading

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Seminar on Historical Ecology by Paul Humphries: “Making the Dead Speak”

On the 1st of November I gave a seminar in a series on water in the Murray-Darling Basin entitled Making the dead speak: how historical ecology can aid freshwater conservation and management.  In it, I outline what motivated my interest … Continue reading

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Measuring change in freshwater ecosystems: contemporary and palaeoecology of freshwater mussels

By Christine Reid, PhD candidate, Charles Sturt University A change is as good as a holiday? Well, sometimes. Certainly, in business and other organisational management circles, change is discussed in terms of ‘improvement’. In ecology, change – like in ‘climate … Continue reading

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Update to biggest Murray cod story

Will Trueman, who is well known for his historical fish research and writings recently wrote to me in response to my posting on the biggest ‘authenticated’ Murray cod story.  He writes: “My history on native fish has been published online … Continue reading

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