Dr Richard Loyn was re-elected as president of local NRM organisation in North East Victoria, Swamps, Rivers & Ranges, at its AGM in July.
Dr Catherine Allan has been appointed to the Environmental Strategic Advisory Panel for the Winton Wetlands Committee. The panel provides strategic advice to the community-based committee that is managing the restoration of the Winton Wetlands following decommissioning of the dam and drainage of the reservoir in 2010. Professor Max Finlayson continues to be the Chair of the Winton Wetlands Environmental Strategy Advisory Panel. The Winton Wetlands is the first “Wetland of Distinction” designated outside of the United States by the Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS).
An Honorary Doctorate was bestowed on ILWS Adjunct Associate Professor Bruce Pennay at CSU’s graduation ceremonies December 18, in Albury in recognition of his service to the University and the Albury-Wodonga region. Bruce’s Honorary Doctor of Arts was in recognition of his 22 years of working at the University and its predecessor institution, and a further 21 years of service after his retirement in 1998. In the citation supporting Bruce’s nomination for the honour, it was noted that both his professional and personal pursuits had aligned with the University’s goals of enriching the lives of regional Australians.
Institute Adjunct Dr Richard Loyn has been appointed by DELWP to an expert panel to review management of the Lower Barwon Wetlands, near Geelong, Victoria for DELWP and the Corangamite CMA. The panel presented its findings in April, 2020.
Dr Phillip Birch received a 2019 World Teachers’ Day Award for the Mid North Coast at a celebration at Port Macquarie on October 25. The awards for excellence acknowledged the work and careers of educators from preschools through universities between Kempsey in the north to Forster in the south.
Institute Adjunct Dr Richard Loyn has been appointed President of Swamps, Rivers Ranges, a community-driven NRM organisation for north-east Victoria.
A team headed by Associate Professor Lee Baumgartner have won the 2019 Charles Sturt Excellence Award for Vibrant Regional Communities. The award was for “Leading research: Sustainability of Snowy 2.0 Pumped Hydoscheme.” Team members were Lee Baumgartner, Nathan Ning, Katie Doyle, Cameron McGregor, Geoff Gibson, Wayne Robinson, Jarrod McPherson, Luiz Martins da Silva, Mark Evans, Craig Boys. With special mentions also to Eduardo Brambilla and Tony Fowler who were major contributors.
Dr Travis Holland was appointed as a Director to the Board of Regional Arts NSW in June. Regional Arts NSW is an important organisation for advocacy, resourcing and support of the arts across the state. Travis is course director for Communication and Creative Industries in Charles Sturt’s Faculty of Arts and Education.
Associate Professor Rosemary Black has been appointed by the NSW Minister for Environment to the North Coast Regional Advisory Committee which provides an important regional consultative forum for community input into National Parks and Wildlife Service planning, policies and decision-making.
On June 8 ILWS Adjunct Dr Swapan Paul received a City of Parramatta Sustainability Award - Environmental Citizen 2018 for organising Clean-up Australia Day events annually over the past 20 years.
Associate Professor Catherine Allan has been appointed to the North East Catchment Management Authority's Science Panel as a land management specialist.
Institute Adjunct Associate Professor Bruce Pennay was one of four finalists for the Bathurst Macquarie Heritage Medal announced May 6 in Bathurst. This prestigious national award recognised contributions toward the preservation, conservation and protection of Australia's heritage and is awarded annually.
Post-doc Dr Manu Saunders was one of six inaugural winners of the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage and the Ecological Society of Australia's Prize for Outstanding Outreach. Her topic "Where do pollinators hang out at school" was chosen as the winners' research project with years 5-8 in schools around Australia, as part of CSIRO's Scientists in Schools program.
Dr Val Ingham and Dr Sarah Redshaw were members of the Blue Mountains Resilience and Preparedness Group, which won the Resilience Australia Award (NSW) Community Award State Winner, 2015
Associate Professor Dale Nimmo was appointed a member of the National Indigenous Australians Agency’s Independent Reference Group for the federal government’s $750M Indigenous Rangers Program (2021–28), where he will help to design the implementation of the program.
The Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) is due to report on the achievements of the Basin Plan for the past five years with the Evaluation Reports for 2014-2019 being drafted. Professor Lee Baumgartner is one of five academics appointed by the MDBA to review the reports.
ILWS PhD student Josh Hodges Honours’ paper in Austral Ecology was among the top 10% of papers downloaded and read in for 2018-2019. The paper Hodges, J., Price, J.N., Nimmo, D.G. & Guja, L. (2019) Evidence for direct effects of fire-cues on germination of some perennial forbs common in grassy ecosystems. Austral Ecology, was co-authored by two of his current PhD supervisors Dr Jodi Price (principal supervisor), and Dr Lydia Guja, from the Australian National Botanical Gardens.
Associate Professor Maree Bernoth is the CSU representative on the Standards Australia Committee for Ageing Societies (MB-027).
This group collaborates with the ISO International Committee. The group recently reviewed two documents, Guidelines for carer inclusive organisations and Ageing societies — Guidelines for an age inclusive work force.
In the wake of Australia's bushfire crisis, Associate Professor Dale Nimmo was appointed to the Federal Government’s expert panel on wildlife and threatened species bushfire recovery. The panel, which held its initial meeting in Canberra January 15, is chaired by the Threatened Species Commissioner Dr Sally Box. Its role is to:
Other panel members include Professor John Woinarski (Charles Darwin University), Professor Sarah Legge (Australian National University), Dr Stephen van Leeuwen (Indigenous Advisory Committee), Dr Libby Rumpff (University of Melbourne), Dr Jenny Gray (Zoos Victoria), and Dr Dan Metcalfe (CSIRO).
Professor Lee Baumgartner and Institute Adjunct Professor Martin Mallen-Cooper are members of the Technical Advisory group for the MDBA's Native Fish Movement and Recovery Strategy following the announcement by the Federal Government of a $5M investment in developing a strategy for native fish after the Darling fish kill event in summer 2018-2019.
Dr Belinda Cash is President of the Australian Association of Gerontology Student and Early Career Group and as such on the association's national executive.
Dr Richard Loyn was an invited member of a panel of four appointed by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy to investigate the strength of evidence for a selection of recent records of Night Parrot in SW Queensland and NE South Australia, chaired by Peter Menkhorst. The records involved a sound recording from an automated recorder, photographs of three nests, and a Night Parrot feather found in the nest of a Zebra Finch. “The panel found that there were problems with those particular records, and they did not provide robust evidence of the presence of Night Parrots in those particular locations,” says Richard. “For example, the automated recorder seemed to have picked up calls used in playback, and there were some strange features of the nests with eggs. None of this negates the huge leaps forward that have been made in recent years in our knowledge of Night Parrots, and associated research and management.”
Associate Professor Rosemary Black has been appointed by NSW Minister for the Environment to the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council, a four-year appointment (2019-2023). The 19 member council provides advice to the Minister about strategies, policies and plans directed towards attaining or achieving the objectives of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.
In February, Dr Lee Baumgartner was appointed to the Government's independent scientific review panel to review the 2018-19 fish deaths that occurred in the Darling River. The Panel was led by Professor Rob Vertessy, University of Melbourne. The other panel members were Professor Nick Bond, the Director of the Centre for Freshwater Ecosystems, LaTrobe University; Professor Fran Sheldon, Professor of Environment and Science, Griffith University; Associate Professor Simon Mitrovic, University of Technology in Sydney; and hydrologist Daren Barma. The panel made a series of findings and recommendations to the then Federal Minister for Agriculture, the Hon David Littleproud, in its report which came out on April 10.
Dr Maggie Watson is the new Book Review Editor for the ESA's official journal, Austral Ecology.
Dr Lee Baumgartner, Dr Wayne Robinson, Dr Joanne Millar, Adjunct Dr Craig Boys, Jarrod McPherson, Dr John Conallin and Dr Nathan Ning, as members of the Quantifying biophysical and community impacts of improved fish passage in Lao PDR and Myanmar project , received a CSU Excellence Award on July 18.
ILWS members Dr Philip Birch and Dr Emma Colvin from CSU’s Centre for Law & Justice will be taking on the role of Editor-in-chief of the journal – Salus, after Associate Professor Hank Prunckun, from the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security, the current editor-in-chief retires at the end of the year.
Professor Linda Shields has been awarded title of "Credentialed Children’s and Young People’s Nurse" by the Australian College of Children and Young People’s Nurses.
Dr Lee Baumgartner has been appointed to the NSW Environment Trust’s Aquatic Sub-committee, a high level advisory group that will advise on future investments in innovative measures to improve river management across NSW. The sub-committee’s first meeting was held on February 26 in Sydney.
PhD student Kim Nelson was the lead author of the paper, Nelson, K., Ragusa, A., Black, R. (2018) Qualitative narrative methodology as a framework for understanding self-identity in Niseko, Japan. Presented at the 2018 Council for Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE) conference, Newcastle, Feb 5-8, which was awarded 'Best Qualitative Paper' at the conference. Kim was also awarded one of three CAUTHE 2018 PhD Scholar Bursary Awards.
Professor of Rural Health, Linda Shields, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Australian College of Nursing, a three year appointment commencing February 2018.
Institute Adjunct Dr Penny Davidson was awarded the Frank Stewart Distinguished Service Award at the 2017 National Parks and Leisure Australia Conference on the Gold Coast in October. The Frank Stewart Award recognises an individual who has provided distinguished contribution to the parks and leisure industry over many years. Penny was recognised for the extensive contribution she has made through her National Board representation, as well as her ongoing contributions to the industry journal - especially in the areas of academic and practitioner research.She has been a regular presenter at national conferences. In addition, Penny has been Chair of the PLA Advisory committee which advises on policy development and research agendas for Parks and Leisure. A well-deserved recipient of this prestigious industry award.
Associate Professor Maree Bernoth and Denise Winkler's book Healthy Ageing and Aged Care was awarded the 2017 Educational Publishing Awards Australia for the best Tertiary Student Resource at the Awards ceremony in Melbourne in September. Maree and Denise are editors of the book, published by Oxford University Press Australia and New Zealand. It features chapters written by a number of ILWS members. The judges said: "The richness of the videos and the quality of the case studies links the content to the real world and elevates and humanises this publication."
Institute members Dr Rachel Whitsed, Dr Alexandra Knight, Associate Professor Rosemary Black and CSU's Robin Harvey, were co-authors of a paper "Better rural city park planning to improve older people's health and well- being" which took out the best rural public/population health research presentation at the 2017 NSW Rural Health & Research Congress, Wagga Wagga, September 27-29.The paper is based on their Better Parks for People project.
Dr Dale Nimmo was the recipient of the 2016 Wiley Next Generation Ecologist Award; a member of a project team which won the 2016 Nancy Mills Science in Parks Award; and the winner of an Australian Institute of Policy and Science Tall Poppy Award in 2016.
Dr Lee Baumgartner was named as the Australian nominee for the APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education in 2016.
Articles by Adjunct Associate Professor Ian Lunt and Dr Manu Saunders were published in The Best Australian Science Writing 2015, an annual collection celebrating the finest Australian science writing of the year.
Institute adjunct Professor David Mitchell, AM, received a Member of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for 2014.
Professor Allan Curtis won the 2014 Eric Anderson award from the Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand for the best paper published in the Australasian Journal of Environment for his paper (he was the lead author) “The great experiment with devolved NRM governance: lessons from community engagement in Australia and New Zealand since the 1980s.”
Institute adjunct Richard Loyn was awarded the D.L. Serventy Medal (for outstanding published work on birds in the Australasian region) at the Birdlife Australia Congress at Portland, Oct 4-5, 2014.
A/Prof Geoff Burrows was recognised in the Australian Awards for University teaching program in 2012.
Institute adjunct Darla Hatton MacDonald and Prof Mark Morrison’s paper published in 2010 —Hatton MacDonald, D. and Morrison, M. (2010). Valuing Biodiversity Using Habitat Types. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management 17(4): 235-243 was awarded the Eric Anderson award for the best article in the Australasian Journal of Environmental Management on Sept 28, 2011.
Institute Adjunct Dr Dave Pritchard has been appointed to the UK Government’s Darwin Expert Committee.
ILWS PhD scholarship recipient for 2019 Richard McLellan is the foundation chair of the Board of Forest Global Fund, an international Swiss-based initiative which was launched as a global virtual event on June 20 to celebrate World Rainforest Day. The fund aims to decentralise conservation by empowering local communities and private sector actors to protect forest under their control.
Institute Adjunct Andy Herb from Colorado, USA, received a Society of Wetland Scientist President’s Award in June 2020. Andy, one of the Society’s stalwarts, has been closely associated with the development and success of its Wetland Restoration Section. He has also led a small team to produce a science-based appraisal of the Ramsar Convention’s guidance for wetland restoration and in so-doing has produced a platform for greater engagement with wetland managers around the globe.
A MOU between ILWS and IHE-Delft (Institute for Water Education), sees Institute Adjunct Professor Max Finlayson continue in the role of Chair for the Wise Use of Wetlands for IHE-Delft, which is based in The Netherlands. The five year cost-free part-time appointment replaces the previous tri-party collaborative agreement between CSU, the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and IHE-Delft.
The initial five year agreement, with Max appointed the Ramsar Chair for the Wise Use of Wetland, was signed in 2013, with an interim agreement after that. The appointment is similar to an Adjunct Research Fellow position. While Max will be working primarily with IHE-Delft researchers Institute Adjunct Associate Professor Anne van Dam, and Professor Ken Irvine, there is a core group of around 10 international wetland ecologists, most of whom are ILWS Adjuncts, who work collaboratively with others invited based on interest and availability. That informal working arrangement is being formalised to give it more structure and institutional recognition with plans in place for a number of joint activities.
Professor Roy Gardner has been appointed to the Friends of the Everglades’ Policy and Science Committee. (Roy is the director of the Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy and professor of law at Stetson University College of Law, in Florida, in the US.)
Institute Adjunct Professor Max Finlayson’s Presidency of the Society of Wetland Scientists finished on June 11, at the Society’s first virtual annual meeting which he chaired. His leadership role within the Society continues as a Past President for another year.
Institute Adjunct Dr Swapan Paul has been conferred with a qualification as a PWS (Professional Wetland Scientist). PWS is awarded by the (International) Society of Wetland Scientists based in USA. This prestigious body offers this award to those limited number of wetland practitioners who have made remarkable contributions to wetland science, practice, education, awareness and advocacy. Swapan happens to be the first wetland scientist from Australia to have received this award.
Professor Dr Martin Mallen-Cooper has won the 2020 Quentin Martin Best practice-Orientated Paper Award for the discussion of "Balancing Hydropower Development and Ecological Impacts in the Mekong: Tradeoffs for Sambor Mega Dam" by Thomas B. Wild, Patrick M. Reed, Daniel P. Loucks, Martin Mallen‐Cooper, and Erland D. Jensen, published in the Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management. The award will be presented during the World Environmental & Water Resources Congress 2020 in Henderson, Nevada, May 21
Adjunct Associate Professor Margaret Woodward was awarded the Ruth Stephan Fellowship as a visiting research scholar at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University, New Haven, USA which she took up in October along with Dr Justy Phillips. The two researched for a future publication Erratic Ecologies: A Field Guide, and immersed themselves in the archive of American artist, Erica Van Horn, whose archive of artist’s books, poetry and publications are held in the Beinecke Library. This research builds on their Lost Rocks (2017-2021) artwork, an unfolding library of mineralogical telling which has brought together an international network of artists and writers.
Institute Director Professor Max Finlayson began his new role as President of the Society of Wetland Scientists for the next two years at the society's annual conference in Baltimore, USA, May 27- June 1.
Institute Adjunct Professor Nick Davidson received the Society of Wetland Scientists’ “Lifetime Achievement Award” at its annual conference in Baltimore, USA, May 27 – June 1. The award, presented by incoming SWS President Professor Max Finlayson in recognition of Nick's work in global wetland science.
Associate Professor Rachel Whitsed was recognised as a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in April. The UK based academy is an independent non-profit organisation committed to world-class teaching in higher education.
Professor Max Finlayson has been appointed to the ILEC’s Scientific Committee’s 13th Term, for a three year term, from April 2019 to March 31, 2022. This is his second appointment with the Scientific Committee and follows his previous two year appointment. The Foundation is based in Japan.
Dr Lihong Zheng was awarded the Academia Award in the Women in IT Awards program at the 2019 Cisco Live conference in March. (Cisco Systems Inc. is a major US corporation based in Silicon Valley, California, that develops and sells a range of IT products and services globally, and Cisco specialist courses are taught as an integral part of the CSU Bachelor of Information Technology.) Her award citation states: ‘Lihong Zheng is known for her significant contribution to the Information Communication and Technology (ICT), tirelessly promoting Cisco Networking Academy courses amongst students to gain the number one spot of the most students enrolled in Networking Academy Courses across Australia.’
Dr Julia Howitt has been named as one of the top ‘silo breakers’ in chemistry on Twitter (for The Australasians) according to an article in April on “The secret silos of #ChemTwitter” in the Chemical and Engineering News, https://cen.acs.org/sections/the-secret-silos-of-chemtwitter.html?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Newsletter&utm_campaign=CEN#intro
Dr Emma Colvin was elected as the NSW Committee member for the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology for 2019-2020.
Institute Adjunct Professor Martin Mallen-Cooper was awarded the 2018 Career Achievement Award at the international Fish Passage 2018 conference for his decades of contributions to the field.
A research project "Fish passage resear ch and development at low-head barriers in Southeast Asia" led by Dr Lee Baumgartner was awarded the Distinguished Project Award at the international Fish Passage 2018 conference. The award recognises the collaborative efforts of the National University of Laos, the Lao Living Aquatic Resources Centre, ILWS and the NSW Department of Primary Industries in developing effective fish passage criteria at low-head barriers in the Mekong River catchment in Lao PDR.
ILWS members won two of the four best paper awards at the International Communication and Media Conference (ICome) in Penang, Malaysia, October 20-21. PhD student Lucia Würsch and Associate Professor Peter Simmons won best paper for a study based on Lucia’s doctoral studies: Würsch, L. & Simmons, P. (2018) Human and strategic benefits arising from embedding Transactional Analysis in an organisation; and Associate Professor Peter Simmons and Dr Michael Mehmet won best paper for a paper based on recent research examining shark management: Simmons, P. & Mehmet, M. (2018) Respect for marine life, hope for technology, and anger at the media: A focus group and social media study of ocean user attitudes to shark management.
Professor Manohar Pawar was one of the three Charles Sturt University (CSU) social work academics who have received the highest recognition from their peers when they were named ‘Social Work Educator of the Year’ at the 2018 Australia and NZ Social Work and Welfare Education and Research symposium in September this year. The award was won by Professor Pawar, Professor Wendy Bowles and Associate Professor Karen Bell for their new book, Social work: Innovations and insights, that compiled presentations and issues covered at a 2017 symposium celebrating 25 years of social work education at CSU.
Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan’s book Beyond Bioculturalism: the politics of an indigenous minority (2007) was selected by The Royal Society of New Zealand this year as one of the 150 most important scholarly books by a Māori author since the first published work in 1815. Another book on the list, Terror in Our Midst, includes a chapter written by Associate Professor O'Sullivan.
ILWS Adjunct Rob McInnes received an International Fellow of the Society of Wetland Scientists, joining past awardees from ILWS including Institute Adjuncts Professors Nick Davidson and David Mitchell, and Institute Director Professor Max Finlayson. Rob was presented with his medal at the Society's annual meeting in Denver, Colorado, May 29 to June 1.
Institute Director Professor Max Finlayson was elected President-elect of the Society for Wetland Scientists at its annual conference in Denver, Colorado, May 29 to June 1. Max will be President of the Society for 2019-2020.
Dr Rachel Whitsed has accepted an invitation to be on the Steering Committee of the International Spatial Accuracy Research Association.
In October 2017 Dr Luiz Silva received the Odebrecht Award for Sustainable Development, a Brazilian national sustainability award for his work on a project that aims to mitigate the impact of hydro-turbines (hydropower) on fish mortality.
Professor Manohar Pawar has been awarded the National Association of Professional Social Workers in India (NAPSWI)'s Lifetime Achievement Award for 2017. NAPSWI is one of the largest organisations of social workers in India. The annual award is given to a professional social work educator "who has made a significant contribution by enriching the knowledge base of the social work profession at the global level." The award was presented at the 5th Indian Social Work Congress, November 10-12, at Shree Shankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady, Kerala, India.
Professor Manohar Pawar is the new president of the International Consortium for Social Development. In his incoming presidential address (which he gave at the ICSD's International Scientific Conference in Croatia, July 7-11) he honoured ICSD pioneers and presented his vision and plans and programs for the consortium. Read his speech at https://www.facebook.com/groups/312544868921873/permalink/804645993045089/ or video link https://drive.google.com/…/0B_1MJT49zrrccy13VmlDeDVsT…/view…>
Professor Max Finlayson has been elected by the Board of the Society of Wetland Scientists as a Fellow of the Society. His award was presented by SWS President Gillian Davies at the society's annual meeting in June.
Professor Max Finlayson has been appointed Senior Advisor to the International Crane Foundation (2017-2020). The International Crane Foundation (ICF), an NGO, works worldwide to conserve cranes and the ecosystems, watersheds and flyways on which they depend.
Professor Max Finlayson has been appointed a Scientific Committee Member of the International Lake Environment Committee (ILEC) Foundation (based in Japan). The appointment to the ILEC Scientific Committee 12th Term is for April 2017 to March 2019.
Dr Patrick Cobbinah (ILWS Adjunct) and Dr Paul Amoateng's paper "Rethinking sustainable development within the framework of poverty and urbanisation in developing countries" was awarded the Best Paper in the journal Environmental Development in 2015.
Dr Lee Baumgartner, Dr Joanne Millar, Mr Jarrod McPherson, Dr Wayne Robinson, Mr Tim Marsden, Mr Garry Thorncraft, Dr Oudom Phonekhampheng, Mr Douangkham Singhanouvong were Finalist (Runner up) for the 2015 Distinguished Project in Fisheries Engineering and Ecohydrology for their work on for achieving food sustainability outcomes in the Lower Mekong region, and applying innovative technology to protect fisheries and livelihoods.
Associate Professor Rosemary Black and her colleague Professor Betty Weiler, from Southern Cross University, won the Editors of Tourism Recreation Research (TRR) Taylor a& Francis Article of the Year Award 2015 for their joint contribution "The changing face of the tour guide: One-way communicator to choreographer to co-creator of the tourist experience."
Dr Hazbo Skoko, was awarded the ‘Best Professor in Economics Award’ for excellence in leadership, education and teaching, at World Education Congress, Global Asia Award held in Dubai on Sept 25, 2011.
Dr Branka Krivokapic-Skoko received the Best Paper award at British Academy of Management 2011 (Organisational Psychology Track) conference held Sept 13 to 15. Her paper was titled ‘Academics and Breach of Psychological Contracts in the University Sector: Insights from an Australian Business School.’