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ILWS - Charles Sturt University

Professor Max Finlayson

Professor Max Finlayson

Prof Max Finlayson is a renown wetland ecologist with extensive experience nationally and internationally in the science and management responses to water pollution, mining and agricultural impacts, invasive species, climate change, and human well-being and wetlands. He has participated in global assessments such as those conducted by the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, the Global Environment Outlook, and Water Management in Agriculture, and since the early 1990s he has been a technical adviser to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. He has been actively involved in environmental NGOs and science organisations and has worked with government, community-based organisations and industry to investigate the causes of ecosystem change and management responses, including restoration and the participation of local communities. Underlying these activities is a concerted effort to improve the collection of evidence for addressing complex ecological issues and providing guidance to managers and policy makers recognising that social, economic and ecological issues are inter-dependent and operate across multiple scales, particularly when dealing with regional sustainable development.

Professor Finlayson has worked extensively on the inventory, assessment and monitoring of wetlands, in particular in wet tropical, wet-dry tropical and sub-tropical climatic regimes covering pollution, invasive species and climate change. His current research interests/projects including the following:

  • Interactions between human well-being and wetland health in the face of anthropogenic change, including global change and the onset of the Anthropocenic era
  • Vulnerability and adaptation of wetlands/rivers to climate change, including changing values and trade-offs between uses and users, considering uncertainty and complexity
  • Integration of ecologic, economic and social requirements and trade-offs between users of wetlands with an emphasis on developing policy guidance and institutional changes
  • Environment and agriculture interactions and policy responses/outcomes, and collaboration between stakeholders and policy-makers
  • Wetland restoration and construction, including the use of artificial wetlands for waste water treatment and the generation of multiple values
  • Landscape change involving wetlands/rivers and land use (agriculture and mining) and implications for wetland ecosystem services and benefits for local people.
  • Positions he holds include

  • Chair, Environment Strategic Advisory Panel, Winton Wetlands Renewal Project
  • Technical Advisory Panel, Wetland Education and Training program, Sydney Olympic Park Authority
  • Scientific Committee, International Lake Environment Committee
  • Scientific Expert on the Scientific and Technical Review Panel, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, Triennium 2016-2018
  • Ramsar Chair for the Wise use of Wetlands, IHE Delft  The Netherlands (2014-18)
  • Visiting Professor, Institute for Wetland Research, China Academy of Forestry, Beijing, China
  • Editor-in-Chief, Marine and Freshwater Research, CSIRO Publishing
  • In June 2017 he was elected as a Fellow of the Society for Wetland Scientists

Professor Finlayson has contributed to over 400 journal articles, reports, guidelines, proceedings and book chapters on wetland ecology and management. He has contributed to the development of concepts and methods for wetland inventory, assessment and monitoring, and undertaken many site-based assessments in many countries.

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Professor Finlayson is often called upon by international and national governments, agencies and research organisations for his expertise in wetland management. As a result, he often travels overseas and throughout Australia to participate in conferences, workshops and meetings. Below is a list of his engagement activities, both externally (national and international) and, internally (within CSU).



Nov 1 Talk Attended a post-graduate conference at Southern Cross University, Lismore, where he spoke about developing a scientific career based on his personal experiences. 
Nov 6-9  Invited presentation/field trip/report Visited Stetson University College of Law, on Tampa Bay in Florida, U.S. where he was invited to give a presentation on “Climate Change Impacts on Coastal Ecosytems – Evidence from Australia’s Great Barrie Reef and Mangroves” for the Edward and Bonnie Foreman Biodiversity Lecture Series. Max’s lecture set the stage for the ELI-Stetson Wetlands Workshop and a panel discussion on the state of the Caribbean reefs, Florida mangroves and salt marshes, and Tampa Bay’s seagrass beds. While in Florida Max took part in a field trip looking at wetland restoration projects around Tampa Bay and worked on a global wetland outlook report for the Ramsar Convention of Wetlands together with Professor Roy Gardner, chair of Ramsar’s Scientific and Technical Review Panel and Professor of Law at Stetson 
Nov 13-18  Research project meeting Was in Pakistan for a meeting on a new ACIAR small research activity, the project Improving salinity and agricultural water management in the Indus Basin of Pakistan. Finlayson, M., Allan, C., Culas, R., Mitchell, M., Punthakey, J. (2017) ACIAR, $50,000. The scoping study is for a potentially larger project which aims to develop a holistic approach to the management of salinity for the whole of the Indus Basin. “We need to understand the issues of salinity and local livelihood outcomes in terms of management options/solutions in a severely altered environment, due to salinity,” says Max. “We need to understand local needs, management opportunities and partnerships.”
Nov 22 Meeting CSU Academic Senate meeting in Wagga       
Nov 28-29 Writing/planning  Took part in an ACIAR writing and planning session with Dr Jay Punthakey, Dr Michael Mitchell and Dr Catherine Allan in Albury.
Dec 6  Meeting        Attended an Evolution Mining Consultation Committee Meeting in West Wyalong in the context of the mine and Lake Cowal and to develop –project ideas for the Lake Cowal Foundation, for which Max is an independent scientist.
Dec 11-12         Meeting        Together with Dr Lee Baumgartner attended an ACIAR Partners and Stakeholder Meeting in Canberra to understand the scope of ACIAR’s projects and to talk with key project development staff.
Dec 15 Attendance Attended the Albury graduation ceremony where two of this PhD students, Amelia Walcott and Jess Schoeman graduated. Abbie Spiers has also graduated but was unable to attend the ceremony.
Dec 18-19         Workshop/field trip Along with Michael Vanderzee, Dr Jennifer Bond, Dr Wes Ward and Dr Paul Amaoteng went to a NAPREC (National Agricultural Productivity and Reconciliation Ecology Centre) workshop and field trip in Deniliquin.       


July 4-7 Gave a workshop on "Getting Published" Presented at the Australian Marine Science Association conference in Darwin. While there he checked progress of papers on the Kakadu Wetlands, summarising past research on the wetlands including mangroves 
July 12  Academic senate in Wagga  
July 13  DVC-RDI portfolio meeting in Wagga  
July 13 SEGRA meeting With with Kate Charters from SEGRA, Dr Bruce Taylor from CSIRO, the meeting was about about the Regional Solutions Framework which is being developed
July 19-20 Vice-Chancellor's Forum in Wagga  Forum looked at future directions and opportunities for CSU
July 24-26  Wetlands in Drylands Conference at Macquarie University Talk on the 'Sensitivity and resilience of wetlands in drylands' which included information from recent student projects
July 31- Aug 3 Coastal Wetlands and Climate Change Writing Group meeting at Griffith University, Brisbane Drafted a paper on principles for assessing wetland change under climate change
Aug 17-18 Third annual Winton Wetlands Restoration Science Forum, Benalla Provided a summary of the talks and took part in a special on the potential Ramsar listing of the wetlands. International guest speaker was Dr Patrick Grillas, one of the world's experts on wetlands from the Tour de Valat in France where he and a team of scientists have been working on restoration of the Camargue system.
Aug 21-25 Trip to Lahore in Pakistan for the ACIAR funded Improving groundwater management to enhance agriculture and farming livelihoods in Pakistan project  To progress the project and set future actions. The visit included a meeting with the Department of Environmental Protection to discuss water pollution and wetland issues.
Aug 30 Community Environment and Mining Consultative Committee meeting in Forbes In respect to role as an Independent Scientist with the Lake Cowal Foundation
Aug 30

Launch of the Three Rivers University Department of Health in West Wyalong

Sept 1 Lake Cowal Foundation Board meeting  
Sept 5 Meeting at the University of NSW, Sydney  To develop an ARC Linkage project on change in wetlands involving Dr Richard Kingsford
Sept 11 meeting in Canberra of Belmont Forum Hosted through Australian Academy of Science's Future Earth Australia Initiative, the meeting discussed project development and collaboration. The Belmont Forum is an international partnership that brings together key international funding agencies and the International Council of Science.
Sept 13 Academic Senate in Bathurst  
Sept 19-22 Ramsar meeting in Gland, Switzerland Drafted a report on the state of global wetlands for the Ramsar Convention
Sept 25-28 Meeting with researchers from IHE Delft, The Netherlands Discuss collaboration as part of shared appointment as the Ramsar Chair for the Wise Use of Wetlands
Oct 4 Meeting at Kerang, Victoria Discuss potential projects with indigenous values of lakes and rivers, facilitated by Mike Nurse from the Federation of Victorian traditional Owner Corporation, with local indigenous people
Oct 5-6 Inaugural National Agricultural and Reconciliation Centre (NAPREC) conference in Deniliquin Discussed the need to meet ecological and social outcomes through a whole range of system thinking, and how this will contribute to reconciliation ecology during a session on "Whole of System Thinking"; led a panel discussion around NRM, Reconciliation Ecology and community engagement in policy development.
Oct 12-13 Field work for dryflux project Together with Dr Julia Howitt, sampled carbon emissions from dry wetlands as part of an international project called dryflux
Oct 16-20 Visit by Institute Adjuncts Professor Nick Davidson and Dr Rob McGuiness  To assess data and plan further steps from a citizen science project on the state of the world's wetlands. The project also involves Dr Mariagrazia Bellio and Dr Michael Mitchell who will be looking at the data analysis and potential social processes and outcomes.
Oct 23-27 SEGRA conference in Port Augusta, SA
  • facilitated a Group Focus Session "Beyond 'Post-Truth' - Getting Science and Evidence Back into Policy and Decision Making" during the Researchers' Forum
  • chaired a workshop session on "Sustaining Coastal Regions"
  • was a panel member of a discussion on "National Conservation for Regional Policy" (which was sponsored by CSU and chaired by Peter Ryan, Senior Business Correspondent, ABC News)
  • presented a challenge topic to the conference on "regional Australian informing strategies for education through to employment"
  • worked with Institute Adjunct Professor Peter Waterman to further develop the Safe and Secure Domestic Water project.

April - June

April 3 Media Event in Albury for the launch of "Walan Mayinygu." Walan Mayinygu, led by Associate professor Michelle Evans, is a new educational program that will support and encourage Indigenous business entrepreneurship. It is one of three Charles Sturt University (CSU) flagship NSW Government and Department of Industry funded 'Boosting Business Innovation programs'.
April 5-6 Effective Leadership Conversationin Wagga Wagga Pilot program for CSU
April 7 WET Sydney Olympic Park meeting by teleconference Planning meeting for the park's Wetland, Education and Training panel of which Max is a member
April 10 Skype conferencewith the Institute for Wetland Research, China Academy of Forestry Discussion on proposal submission for a project on wetland restoration and management under the China Mega Research Initiative
April 21 IMAT meeting Meeting of the Institute's Management Advisory Team
May 1 AusIndustry meeting in Albury Together with Dr lee Baumgartner had a meeting with an AusIndustry representative from Wagga who introduced one of its programs
May1 MDBA information session in Albury Attended a Murray Darling Basin Authority information session organised by AlburyCity
May 4 Phone meeting of the Lake Cowal Foundation board Max is the independent scientist for the foundation
May 5 NAPREC teleconference Planning meeting for the National Agricultural Productivity and Reconciliation Ecology Centre (NAPREC)'s conference
May 8-12 The 37th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment in Tshwane, South Africa, Max, as a joint author he presented a paper on mangrove decline in Kakadu National Park
May 25 North East Environment Forum "Connecting People With Nature", Wangaratta Max was the MC for this event, of which the Institute was a co-host
June 1 Winton Wetlands meeting, Benalla As chair of the Environmental Strategy Advisory Panel for the Winton Wetlands attended a meeting to begin planning for the Winton Wetlands Annual Forum in August
June 5-9 Society of Wetland Scientists annual meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico Max gave a presentation on the die-back of mangroves in Kakadu National Park and participated in a workshop on the complexity of managing wetlands in the Caribbean (the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands is developing a project on the vulnerability of coastal wetlands in a number of Caribbean countries in collaboration with Max and Dr Anne van Dam from Delft IHE). Max was also a co-author on a presentation given by Professor Peter Gell from Federation University on ecological changes and the relevance of baselines in the wetlands at the mouth of the Murray River. He also contributed to a proposal by the Society to post the San Juan Statement on Climate Change and Wetlands, While at the conference Max was presented with a Fellow of the Society of Wetland Scientists Award by SWS President Gillian Davies.
June 15 Meeting with World Vision representative in Albury Discussion on research and the UN's Sustainable Development Goals
June 19 Teleconference re.Three Rivers University Department of Rural Health A teleconference with Professor Linda Shields and Dr Oliver Burmeister about further health and environment research associated with the Three Rivers University Department of Rural Health
June 20 Meeting with Professor Valerie Peachey, from CSU's Division of Student Learning Discussion on the establishment of MOOCS, on-line training courses with partners based on highly active research initiatives i.e. using the University's research to generate external fee-paying courses nationally and internationally
June 20 Webinar on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6.6 Goal 6.6 which is about determining change in wetlands at the global scale
June 21 Debrief on the North East Environment Forum in Albury Meeting with partners in the event
June 22 Ministerial University Precincts Committee meeting in Wagga Wagga  
June 28 Sustainability Indicator meeting in Canberra A meeting in Canberra with the former Australian Governor General Major General The Hon. Michael Jeffery and Ashley Bland, from SkillSet in Bathurst, and others to develop a national level Sustainability Indicator
June 29 Lake Cowall Foundation Committee phonemeeting Max is the independent scientist for the foundation
June 29 Global Mangrove Watch phone meeting Max is a member of this world-wide alliance

January - March

January 17 Meeting with Federal MP Cathy McGowan in Albury Brainstorming session" with Dr Lee Baumgartner, Associate Director Associate Professor Catherine Allan and communications coordinator Margrit Beemster discussing current and potential ILWS research projects.
January 18-19 Meeting with Darren Perry and Mike Nurse at Swan Hill Following on from the Biocultural Knowledge workshop, Max and Associate Director, Associate Professor Catherine Allan met with Darren Perry, former Chair of the Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations (MLDRIN) and now chair of the Natural Resource Management (NRM) subcommittee of the Federation of Victorian Traditional Owners Corporation (FVTOC), and Mike Nurse, FVTOC secretariat, at Swan Hill. Discussion on issues of interest to Indigenous people and potential research projects including whether or not the Murray-Darling Basin Plan is working for Indigenous people.
January 24 Research Centre Directors' meeting Meeting with the four CSU Research Centre Directors and the Associate Dean, Research with the Faculty of Science, Dr Gayle Smythe.
January 24 Meeting with Samuel Gitahi, Regional Engagement Officer - Wodonga with the Murray-Darling Basin Authority Together with communications coordinator Margrit Beemster discussed community and research needs and opportunities for local engagement.
January 29 to February 5 Launch of the Pakistan groundwater management project and workshops & field trips afterwards Max is a member of the research team for this $2.5 million project funded by ACIAR. While in Pakistan he gave two lectures, one on "Getting your paper published in international journals" and another on "Issues for sustainable groundwater management" which were very well received.
February 7 to 9 Myanmar project Partnership Opportunities workshop The day workshop with representatives from The Nature Conservancy and UNESCO-IHE and interested other to discuss potential research opportunities/projects in Myanmar
February 13 to 17 Ramsar STRP meeting in Gland, Switzerland Reported on the progress of the Flagship Report on the state of the world's wetlands for the next Ramsar Convention (a report that Max is co-leading) and the Earth Observation review
February 23 Lake Cowal Foundation committee meeting Max is the Independent Scientist on the committee
March 8 Academic Senate meeting in Thurgoona Max is the Deputy Presiding Officer
March 14 Global Mangrove Watch meeting by video conference Max is a member of this world-wide alliance which is concerned about the decline of mangroves
March 17 Meeting with representatives of National Agricultural Productivity and Reconciliation Ecology Centre (NAPREC)  Together with Dr Lee Baumgartner and Dr Jennifer Bond, discussed plans for a NAPREC conference later this year in Deniliquin
March 29-30 Vice-Chancellor's Forum, Bathurst Discussions on furthering the University strategy and implementation
March 29-30 Meeting with Bathurst based ILWS members Welcome to the Institute and a discussion on members' projects and future collaborations

Earlier engagements

Bachelor of Science, (Honours) Botany Department, University of Western Australia, 1976
Doctor of Philosophy, Botany Department, James Cook University, Townsville,1981
Certificate in University Leadership and Management, Charles Sturt University, Australia (2009)

Memberships of Advisory Boards and Panels

Deputy Presiding Officer, Academic Senate, Charles Sturt University

Ramsar Chair for the Wise Use of Wetlands, DELFT-IHE, Institute for Water Education, Delft, The Netherlands

Visiting Research Professor, Institute for Wetland Research, Chinese Academy of Forestry, Beijing, China

Chair, Environment Strategic Advisory Panel, Winton Wetlands Renewal Project

Independent Scientist, Lake Cowal Foundation

Independent Scientist, Cowal Gold Operation, Community Environmental Monitoring & Consultative Committee

Conservation Volunteers Australia, Scientific Panel

Scientific Expert, Scientific & Technical Review Panel, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands

Scientific Committee, International Lake Environment Committee

Fellow, Society for Wetland Scientists

Senior Advisor, International Crane Foundation

Technical Advisory Panel, Wetland Education and Training Program, Sydney Olympic Park Authority

Member, IUCN Commission for Ecosystem Management

Editor-in-Chief, Marine and Freshwater Research, CSIRO Publishing

General Editor, The Wetlands Book 1 & 2, Springer Publishers

Past President of the Society for Wetland Scientists, Oceania and the Australian Society of Limnology

Past President, Wetlands International, Global Governance Council

Selected Publications

Peer-reviewed papers

Marin, V.H., Delgado, L.E., Tironi-Silva, A., Finlayson, C.M., (2017) Exploring Social-Ecological Complexities of Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Sites): the Carlos Anwandter Sanctuary (Valdivia, Chile) as a Case Study. Wetlands Journal of the Society of Wetland Scientists. 37: 1-12

Ricaurte, L.F., Olaya-Rodrígueza, M.H., Cepeda-Valenciaa, J., Lara, D., Johanna Arroyave-Suárez, J., Finlayson, C.M., Palomo, I. (2017) Future impacts of drivers of change on wetland ecosystem services in Colombia. Global Environmental Change 44, 158-169.

Finlayson, C.M., Capon, S.J., Rissik, D., Pittock, J., Fisk, G., Davidson, N.C., Bodmin, K.A., Papas, P., Robertson, H.A., Shcallenberb, M., Santilan, N., Edyvane, M., & Bino, G.  (2017) Policy considerations for managing wetlands under a changing climate. Marine and Freshwater Research

Turak, E., Harrison, I., Dudgeon, D., Abell, R., Bush, A., Darwall, W., Finlayson, C.M. et al (2016) Essential biodiversity variables for measuring change in global freshwater biodiversity. Biological Conservation

Lukasiewicz,A., Pittock, J. & Finlayson, C.M. (2016). Are we adapting to climate change? An adaptation assessment framework for managing freshwater ecosystems. Climatic Change, Vol 138, Issue 3, pp 641-654.

Gell, P.A. & Finlayson, C.M. (2016) Editorial: Understanding change in the ecological character of wetlands, Marine and Freshwater Research, 67 (6) 683-684

Finlayson, C. M., Clarke, S.J., Davidson, N.C. & Gell, P. (2016) Role of palaeoecology in describing the ecological character of wetlands, Marine and Freshwater Research, 67(6), 687–694

Gell, P.A., Finlayson, C.M. & Davidson, N.C. (2016) Understanding change in the ecological character of Ramsar wetlands: perspectives from a deeper time – synthesis, Marine and Freshwater Research, 67(6), 869–879

Finlayson, M. (2015) Determining change in aquatic ecosystems, Marine and Freshwater Research, 66 (11) i-iii.

Finlayson, C. M.,Clarke, S.J., Davidson, N.C., and Gell, P. (2015). Role of palaeoecology in describing the ecological character of wetlands.Marine and Freshwater Research

Kopf R.K., Finlayson C.M, Humphries P., Hladyz S. and Sims N. (2015) Anthropocene baselines: assessing change and managing biodiversity in human-dominated aquatic ecosystems.BioScience 8: 798-811

Capon, S.J., Lynch, A.J., Bond,N., Chessman, B.C., Davis, J., Davidson, N., Finlayson, M., Gell, P.A., Hohnberg, D., Humphrey, C., Kingsford, R., Nielsen, D., Thomson, J.R., Ward, K., & MacNally, R. (2015) Regime shifts, thresholds and multiple stable states in freshwater ecosystems; a critical appraisal of the evidence, Science of the Total Environment,

Davis, J., O'Grady, A., Dale, A., Arthington, A.H., Gell, P.A., Driver, P.D., Bond, N., Casanova, M., Finlayson, M., Watts, R., et al.,(2015) When trends intersect: The challenge of protecting freshwater ecosystems under multiple land use and hydrological intensification scenarios. Science of the Total Environment

Gibson, J.F, Stein, E.D., Baird, D.J., Finlayson, C.M., Zhang, X. & Hajibabaei, M. (2015) Wetland Ecogenomics – The Next Generation of Wetland Biodiversity and Functional Assessment. Wetland Science and Practice, Vol 32, No 1, March 2015

Holland, J.E., Luck, G.W., Finlayson, C.M. Threats to food production and water quality in the Murray-Darling Basin of Australia.  Ecosystem Services  (2015), pp. 55-70 DOI information: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2015.02.008

Lukasiewicz A., Pittock, J., Finlayson, M. (2015) Institutional challenges of adopting ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change. Regional Environmental Change  DOI 10.1007/s10113-015-0765-6

Capon, S.J., Lynch, A.J., Bond,N., Chessman, B.C., Davis, J., Davidson, N., Finlayson, M., Gell, P.A., Hohnberg, D., Humphrey, C., Kingsford, R., Nielsen, D., Thomson, J.R., Ward, K., & MacNally, R. (2015) Regime shifts, thresholds and multiple stable states in freshwater ecosystems; a critical appraisal of the evidence, Science of the Total Environment,

Schoeman, J., Allan,C., & Finlayson, C. M. (2014): A new paradigm for water? A comparative review of integrated, adaptive and ecosystem-based water management in the Anthropocene, International Journal of Water Resources Development,

Pittock, J. & Finlayson, C.M. (2013) Climate change adaptation in the Murray-Darling Basin: Reducing resilience of wetlands with engineering. Australian Journal of Water Resources, Vol 17, No 2. Pp. 161 -168

Finlayson, C.M. (2013) Preface: Climate change and wetlands in Australia, Hydrobiologia 708(1),1-2

Pittock,J., Finlayson, C.M. & Howitt, J. (2013) Beguiling and risky: 'environmental works and measures' for wetland conservation under a changing climate. Hydrobiologia 708(1), 111-131

Finlayson, C.M. (2013) Climate change and the wise use of wetlands: information from Australian wetlands. Hydrobiologia 708(1), 145-152

Finlayson, C.M., Davis, J.A., Gell, P.A., Kingsford, R.T. & Parton, K.A. (2013) The status of wetlands and the predicted effects of global climate change: the situation in Australia. Aquatic Sciences 75, 73–93. DOI 10.1007/s00027-011-0232-5

Senaratna Sellamuttu, S., de Silva, S., Nagabhatla, N., Finlayson, C.M., Pattanaik, C. and Prasad, N. (2012) The Ramsar Convention's wise use concept in theory and practice: an inter-disciplinary investigation of practice in Kolleru Lake, India. Journal of International Wildlife Law & Policy 15:228–250.

Mohamed, Y.A., Bastiaanssen, W.G.M, Savenije, H.H.G., van den Hurk, B.J.J.M & Finlayson, C.M. (2012) Evaporation from wetland versus open water: a theoretical explanation and literature review. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth 47–48, 114–121. DOI:10.1016/j.pce.2011.08.005

Sutherland, W.J., Alves, J.A., Amano, T., Chang, C.H., Davidson, N.C., Finlayson, C.M., Gill, J.A., Gill, R.E.J.R, Gonzalez, P.M., Gunnarsson, T.G., Klleijn, D., Spray, C.J., Szekely, T. & Thompson, D.B.A. (2012) A horizon scanning assessment of current and potential future threats to migratory shorebirds. Ibis 154, 663–679.

Nagabhatla N, Senaratna Sellamuttu S, Bobba AG, Finlayson M, Wickermasuriya R, Van Brakel M, Prasad N & Pattanaik C (2012) Insight to ecosystem based approach (EBA) at landscape level using a geospatial medium. Journal of Indian Society for Remote Sensing 40, 47–64. DOI: 10.1007/s12524-011-0080-8

Ens E.J., Finlayson, M., Preuss, K., Jackson, S. & Holcombe, S. (2012) Australian approaches for managing 'country' using Indigenous and non-Indigenous knowledge. Ecological Management and Restoration 13, 100-107.

Nagabhatla, N., Dhyani, S., Finlayson, C.M., Senareratna Sellamuttu, S., van Brakel. M., Wickramasuriya, R., Pattanaik, C. & Narendra Prasad, S. (2012) A case study approach to demonstrate the use of assessment and monitoring tools for participatory environmental governance. Ecologia 2, 60-75.

Nagabhatla, N., Finlayson C.M. & Seneratna Sellamuttu, S. (2012) Assessment and change analyses (1987-2002) for tropical wetland ecosystem using earth observation and socioeconomic data. European Journal of Remote Sensing 45, 215-232. doi: 10.5721/EuJRS20124520

Pittock, J., Finlayson, C.M & Howitt, J. (2012) Beguiling and risky: 'environmental works and measures'for wetland conservation under a changing climate. Hydrobiologica.1-21  DOI 10.1007/s10750-012-1292-9

Junk, W.J, An,S, Finlayson, C.M., Gopal,B., Kveˇt, J., Mitchell, S.A.,  Mitch., W.J & Robarts,R.D. (2012) Current state of knowledge regarding the world's wetlands and their future under global climate change: a synthesis, Aquatic Sciences DOI 10.1007/s00027-012-0278-z

Finalyson, C.M. (2012) Forty years of wetland conservation and wise use .Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 22:139-143

Horwitz, P & Finalyson, M. (2012) Water and Health: On the Notion of a Healthy Wetland. Human Evolution/Global Bioethics. 27.1-3 (65-69)

Ens, E.J., Finlayson, C.M., Preuss, K., Jackson, S. and Holcombe, S. (2012), Australian approaches for managing 'country' using Indigenous and non-Indigenous knowledge. Ecological Management & Restoration, 13: 100–107


Finlayson, C.M., McInnes, R.J., Noble, I.R., McCartney, M.P. & Lachassagne, P. (2016) The book of knowledge on water and climate change issues. Danone/Evian, France…/book_of_knowledge_WATER_AND_CLIMATE_2…

Finlayson, C.M., Horwtiz, P. & Weinstein, P. (Eds) (2015) Wetlands and Human Health, Springer, Netherlands.

Book chapters

Lei, Y., Finalyson, C.M., Thwaites,R. & Shi, G. (2015) A disaster prevention resettlement program in western China as an adaptation to climate change, in Rice, S . & Singer, J. (eds) Global implications of development, disasters and climate change: Responses to displacement from Asia Pacific.(pp 191-204) London:Routledge

Finlayson, C.M. &  Horwtiz, P.  'Wetlands as settings for Human Health - the Benefits and the Paradox' in Finlayson, C.M., Horwtiz, P. & Weinstein, P. (Eds) (2015) Wetlands and Human Health, Springer, Netherlands. pp 1-13

Finlayson, C.M.,  Horwtiz, P. & Kumar, R.  'Interventions Required to Enhance Wetlands as Settings from Human Wellbeing' in Finlayson, C.M., Horwtiz, P. & Weinstein, P. (Eds) (2015) Wetlands and Human Health, Springer, Netherlands. pp 193-225

Finlayson, C.M. &  Horwtiz, P.  'Human Health adn the Wise Use of Wetlands - Guidance in an international Policy Setting' in Finlayson, C.M., Horwtiz, P. & Weinstein, P. (Eds) (2015) Wetlands and Human Health, Springer, Netherlands. pp 227-250

Finlayson, C.M. Horwtiz, P. & Weinstein, P. 'A Synthesis: Wetland as Settings for Human Health' in Finlayson, C.M., Horwtiz, P. & Weinstein, P. (Eds) (2015) Wetlands and Human Health, Springer, Netherlands. pp 251-263

Pittock, J., Finlayson, M., Arthington, A. H., Roux, D., Matthews, J. H., Biggs, H., Harrison, I., Blom, E., Flitcroft, R., Froend, R., Hermoso, V., Junk, W., Kumar, R., Linke, S., Nel, J., Nunes da Cunha, C., Pattnaik, A., Pollard, S., Rast, W., Thieme, M., Turak, E., Turpie, J., van Niekerk, L., Willems, D. and Viers, J. (2015) 'Managing freshwater, river, wetland and estuarine protected areas', in G. L.  Worboys, M. Lockwood, A. Kothari, S. Feary and I. Pulsford (eds) Protected Area Governance and Management,  ANU Press, Canberra. pp 569–608,

Douglas, E.M., Finlayson, C.M., Revenga, C., & Frankic, A. (2014) Chapter 7. Coastal Systems and Access to Safe and Potable Water in Bowen, R.E., Depledge, M.H. Carlarne, C.P. & Fleming, L.E. (Eds) Oceans and Human Health: Implications for Society and Well-Being, Wiley Blackwell pp 177-200

Finlayson, C.M., Bartlett, M., Davidson, N. & McInnes, R.  (2013) The Ramsar Convention and urban wetlands: and opportunity for wetland education and training. In Paul, S. (ed), WET eBook: Workbook for Managing Urban Wetlands in Australia, Sydney Olympic Park Authority, Sydney, pp 34-51.

Saintilan, N., Rogers, K. & Finlayson, C.M. (2013) Potential climate change impacts on the mangroves and salt marshes of the Sydney region. In Paul, S. (ed), WET eBook: Workbook for Managing Urban Wetlands in Australia, Sydney Olympic Park Authority, Sydney, pp 354-363.

Webb C, Field C, Driver L, Williams RJ, Finlayson CM, Hunter G & Paul S (2013). Facing the challenges of managing urban wetlands in Australia: the way forward. In Paul, S. (ed), WET eBook: Workbook for Managing Urban Wetlands in Australia, Sydney Olympic Park Authority, Sydney, pp 425-430.

Boelee, E., Scherr, S.J., Pert, P.L., Barron, ., Finlayson, M., Descheemaker, K., Milder, J.C., Fleiner, R., Nguyen-Khoa, S.,, Barchiesi, S., Bunting, S.W., Tharme, R.E., Khaka, E., Coates, D., Solowey, E.M., Lloyd, G.J. Molden, D., & Cook,S. (2013) Chapter 11. Management of Water and Agroecosystems in Landscapes for Sustainable Food Security, in Boelee, E. (ed) Managing Water and Agroecosystems for Food Security, CABI.

Finlayson, M., Bunting, S.W., Beveridge,M., Tharme, R.E. & Nguyen-Khoa,S. (2013) Chapter 7, Wetlands in  Boelee, E. (ed.) Managing Water and Agroecosystems for Food Security, CAB International, North America

Molden, D., Vithanage, M., de Fraiture, C., Faures, J.M., Finlayson, M., Gordon, L., Molle, F., Peden, D. and Stentiford, D. (2011) Water availability and its use in agriculture. In P Wilderer (ed) Treatise on Water Science, vol. 4, Academic Press, Oxford, pp 707–732

Pittock, J & Finlayson, C.M. (2011) Freshwater Ecosystem Conservation: Principles versus policy . In: Basin Futures: Water reform in the Murray Darling Basin (eds Connell, D & Quentin Grafton, R.) ANU E Press, Chapter 3, pp 39-57

Book review

Finlayson, C.M. (2016) Book Review of "Freshwater resources of the tropical north of Australia: a hydrobiological perspective". Griffiths DJ. Published by Nova Science Publishers, Inc., New York. Review published in: Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland. 2016, Vol. 121, p101-103


Lukasiewicz, A., Finlayson, C.M., &  Pittock, J. (2013) Identifying low risk climate change adaptation in catchment management while avoiding unintended consequences. Final report. NCCARF

Conference papers

Finlayson, M. (2015) Issues associated with wetland biodiversity and agriculture globally and the extent of agriculture in Ramsar Wetlands, presented at Wetlands in Agricultural Landscapes: Present State and Perspectives in Europe conference, Ceske Budejoric, Czech Republic, October 12-16

Finalyson, M., Waterman, P. & Bland, A.  (2015) Developing an Australian Vision for Water. Keynote presentation at the Australian Regional Development Conference (ARDC), Albury, August 26-28 ILWS blog of the presentation

Finlayson, M. (2015) State of global wetlands and implications for the Sustainable Development Goals. Keynote presentation at the International River Symposium, Brisbane, Sept 21-23

Current Projects

Improving groundwater management to enhance agriculture and farming livelihoods in Pakistan. (2016-2020) Finlayson, M., Punthakey, J., Allan, C., Mitchell, M. ACIAR & CSU ($100,000), Total value of the project $2,15M  Project details

Securing adequate safe domestic water for regional Australia. (2016) Waterman, P., Finlayson, M., Kitzelmann, M. (Etheridge Shire Council), Charters, K. (SEGRA) CSU, $50,000

Sustainable rangeland management to protect red panda and herder livelihoods. Millar, J., Finlayson, M., & Tenzing, K. (2016-2019) Darwin Initiative Fund, $540,000

Identifying climate refuges in the Murray-Darling Basin. Hall, A. & Finlayson, M. (2015-2016) MDBA, $50,670 Project details

Developing an ecological character based management and regulatory framework for Lake Chilika. Finlayson, M. (2015) International Development Research Centre, $11,655

Evaluating the interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary activities of the NERP Landscapes and Policy Hub. Mitchell, M & Finlayson. M. (2015) University of Tasmaina. CSU sub-contract. $21,464

Next generation tools for environmental monitoring in remote and limited access locations. Watson, D.H., Massaro, M., Luck, G., & Finlayson, M. (2015) Research Infrastructure Block Grant (RIBG), $33,583

Ecological responses of aquatic vegetation to the environmental water regime developed for Lake Brewster Finlayson, M., Nielsen, D., Clements, A. (2012-2015) Lachlan CMA & State Water.

Ecological Characterisation and Scenario Setting for Lake Cowal - PhD Scholarship, Lake Cowal Foundation, $90,000. Finlayson, M. (2012-2015).

Murray Darling Basin Futures; conserving biodiversity Finlayson, M. (chief investigator CSU), Humphries, P., & Bellio, M. (2012-2015) This $391,969 project is an an ARC collaborative project headed by University of Canberra, with CSU, University Adelaide,SA Museum, University of Oregon.

Conserving biodiversity, Analysis of Ramsar site information in the Murray-Darling Basin. Bellio, M. & Finlayson, M., (2012-2015) Murray- Darling Basin Futures CRN ($80,000) in kind from CSU Project details

Internal Grants

Next generation tools for environmental monitoring in remote and limited access locations, Watson, D.H., Massaro, M., Luck, G., & Finlayson, M. (2015) Research Infrastructure Block Grant, $33,583

Completed Projects

The book of knowledge on water and climate change issues. Finlayson,M. (2015) Danone/Evian, $22,205

Developing capacity for climate change research- field measurement of greenhouse gas emissions. Finlayson, M., Howitt, J., Condon, J., Doran, G. Vote, C. (2014) RIBG, CSU, $51,180

Evaluation of Caring for our Country outcomes-high ecological value aquatic ecosystems. Finlayson, M. (2012), SEWPAC, $11,200

Identifying low risk climate change mitigation and adaptation in catchment management while avoiding unintended consequences Finlayson, M. & Pittock, J. (2012 to January 2013) NCCARF .

Adaptation pathways for aquatic plants under climate change: facilitating dispersal and management interventions.  Finlayson, M. Nielsen, D. (2012) Australian Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (ACEAS)

Strengthening livelihood security and adapting to climate uncertainties in Chilika Lagoon, India. Finlayson, M., Bellio, M. (2012-2015) Wetlands International – South Asia (WISA) in partnership with Chilika Development Authority.  $62,500.

Developing Fish Friendly Design Criteria for Small Hydro Facilities. Finlayson, M. & Robinson, W. (2012-2014) Australian Centre for Renewable Energy through DPI NSW (Fisheries), $144,000.