Category Archives: River management

Two river fish/food web PhD scholarships available

Two PhD scholarships are available through the School of Environmental Sciences, Charles Sturt University, Albury, Australia to investigate aspects of fish and food webs in Murray-Darling Basin rivers: Trophic dynamics of native and non-native fishes of the Murray-Darling Basin Maternal … Continue reading

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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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Vale Keith Walker

The news arrived yesterday that one of Australia’s leading river ecologists, and also one of the most generous, kind and wise men I have known, died unexpectedly on Saturday 27 February. Keith Walker’s work in rivers spanned more than 40 … Continue reading

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Surveying rare fishes in rivers

By Brendan Ebner, Tropical Landscapes Joint Venture, CSIRO Land & Water and TropWATER, James Cook University, Townsville, QLD. Freshwater ecosystems are some of the most threatened on the planet. Freshwater fish are particularly imperilled: worldwide, 46% of all fish species … 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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The influence of body size on the resistance of river blackfish (Gadopsis marmoratus) to drought

By Simon Mom, PhD candidate, La Trobe University and Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre, Wodonga Climate change poses a threat to most, if not all, Australian ecosystems. In southern Australia, droughts are predicted to increase in severity, duration and frequency. In … Continue reading

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Introducing the River Wave Concept

Just out in the journal BioScience, is a paper co-authored by me, Paul Humphries, Hubert Keckeis, from the University of Vienna, and Brian Finlayson, from the University of Melbourne. The genesis of the paper came mostly from lectures to third … Continue reading

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