Category Archives: River management

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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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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Review of Emily O’Gorman’s ‘Flood Country’

I recently reviewed Emily O’Gorman’s Flood Country: an environmental history of the Murray-Darling Basin for Australian Book Review, and my review can be found in their April 2013 issue. The title is a little misleading. The book concerns the roles … Continue reading

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