Tag Archives: Riverscapes

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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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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Movement ecology and the distribution of stream shrimp assemblages

By James Dyer, PhD candidate, School of Environmental Sciences, Charles Sturt University Researchers have long wished to understand what governs the distribution of organisms. For riverine animals and plants, hydrology (flow) almost always seems to have a strong influence (Schlosser … Continue reading

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An investigation of the archaeological and ecological significance of Aboriginal fish traps in the Murray-Darling Basin

By Damian Kelly, Masters candidate, School of Environmental Sciences, Charles Sturt University Fishing and hunting are two of the most common and widespread occupations of indigenous peoples throughout the world since at least the Neolithic (starting about 12,000 years ago). … Continue reading

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Droughts, floods and riverine biota: natural disturbance or environmental catastrophe?

We humans often think that the whole world revolves around us, and that if something affects our lives, it must be important. Droughts and floods are examples of natural events and processes that occur not uncommonly in rivers, but that … Continue reading

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River morphology: what runoff from storm-water drains can show us

On holiday on Phillip Island in January of 2012, I went for a walk along a beach the day after a downpour, and before the tide had come in.  Some way along the beach, I noticed a stormwater outlet, and the … Continue reading

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A brief history of river ecosystem function, part 4: riverscapes to river ecosystem synthesis

The hunt was on for a single concept that synthesized the various ones that had been proposed so far, or at least reconcile the patchiness that is evident in rivers, with the continuum of flow from upstream to downstream. This … Continue reading

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