Nathan Ning

Dr Nathan Ning

Aquatic Ecology, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Gulbali Institute

Gulbali Institute


Nathan Ning undertakes research on the ecology, management and restoration of freshwater ecosystems. His major interests include human impacts on rivers and wetlands (altered flow regimes, hypoxic blackwater events, acid sulfate soils), food-web dynamics (zooplankton–fish predator-prey interactions), aquatic microinvertebrate ecology, and invertebrate egg and plant seed dormancy and dispersal mechanisms. He has worked on a range of ecological projects over the last eight years, including the development of watering protocols for native fish in wetlands, investigations into the effects of various stressors on riverine microinvertebrates (drought, climate change, hypoxic blackwater events, acid sulfate soils), the development of methods to identify climate refuges in the Murray­–Darling Basin, and an assessment of the biophysical and community impacts of improved fish passage in Lao PDR.

  • River and wetland ecology
  • Relationships between riverine biota and flow
  • Zooplankton dynamics
Full publications list on CRO

Recent Publications

  • Marsden, T., Baumgartner, L. J., Duffy, D., Horta, A., & Ning, N. (2023). Evaluation of a new practical low-cost method for prioritising the remediation of fish passage barriers in resource-deficient settings. Ecological Engineering194, 107024. Article 107024.
  • Thieme, M., Birnie-Gauvin, K., Opperman, J. J., Franklin, P., Richter, H., Baumgartner, L. J., Ning, N., Vu, A. V., Brink, K., Sakala, M., O'Brien, G., Petersen, R., Tongchai, P., & Cooke, S. (2023). Measures to Safeguard and Restore River Connectivity. Environmental Reviews. Advance online publication.
  • Conallin, J., Tun, N. N., Swe, A. M., Baumgartner, L. J., Lunn, Z., Mallen-Cooper, M., Marsden, T., Ning, N., Robinson, W., Senevirathna, L., & Thew, P. (2023). Using fish swimming ability to refine criteria for fishway construction in Myanmar. Fisheries Research, 262, [106680].
  • Baumgartner, L. J., Boys, C., Marsden, T., McPherson, J., Ning, N., Phonekhampeng, O., Robinson, W., Singhanouvong, D., Stuart, I., & Thorncraft, G. (2022). A comparison of the effectiveness of three fishway designs for use in a large tropical river system. Abstract from Australian Society for Fish Biology Conference 2022, Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia.
  • Conallin, J., Ning, N., Bond, J., Pawsey, N., Baumgartner, L. J., Atminarso, D., McPherson, H., Robinson, W., & Thorncraft, G. (2022). A review of the applicability of the motivations and abilities (MOTA) framework for assessing the implementation success of water resources management plans and policies. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 26(5), 1357-1370.