Category Archives: River conservation

Invasive species control: risks and rewards

Widespread invasive species control is a risky business Partula snails were driven to extinction in the wild by introduced predators. Wikimedia Commons R. Keller Kopf, Charles Sturt University; Dale Nimmo, Charles Sturt University, and Paul Humphries, Charles Sturt University In … Continue reading

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Floods play a vital role in ecosystems – it’s time to get out of their way

This is an article about the creative – not just destructive – aspects of floods, that Nicole McCasker, Keller Kopf and I wrote recently for The Conversation. Paul Humphries, Charles Sturt University; Nicole McCasker, Charles Sturt University, and R. Keller … Continue reading

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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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Anthropocene Baselines: Assessing Change and Managing Biodiversity in Human-Dominated Aquatic Ecosystems

A recent paper in BioScience, co-authored by Keller Kopf, Max Finlayson, myself (all Charles Sturt University), Neil Sims (CSIRO Land and Water) and Sally Hladyz (Monash University), sets out to ask: how can we measure change in human-dominated freshwater ecosystems, … Continue reading

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Why are there no true freshwater protected areas in Australia?

Keller Kopf, Nicole McCasker and I have written a short piece for The Conversation, asking why there are no true freshwater protected areas in Australia. Freshwater ecosystems such as rivers, lakes and wetlands are precious. They contain several-times more vertebrate … Continue reading

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Series on river ecosystem services

There is a great site called The Biofresh Blog: A blog on the science, policy and conservation of freshwater ecosystems, run out of the European Union. BioFresh is a European Union project which is putting together the scattered pieces of … 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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