Led by Prof Robyn Watts
The information on these pages is accurate to the end of 2016 when reporting for SRA was completed for the 2015-16 Biennial Report. All reporting for our projects is now found in relevant areas under the four research themes.
Congratulations to the members of the Institute's Sustainable Water Strategic Research Area who were awarded the 2015 CSU Vice-chancellor's Award for Research Excellence. The team is led by Professor Robyn Watts and includes Mr James Abell, A/Prof Catherine Allan, Ms Carmen Amos, Dr Mariagrazia Bellio, Mr Bradley Clarke-Wood, Prof Max Finlayson, Ms Tamsin Greenwood, Dr Andrew Hall, Dr Julia Howitt, Dr Paul Humphries, Dr Kim Jenkins, Dr Richard Keller Kopf, Dr Nicole McCasker, Dr Wayne Robinson, Ms Nikki Scott, Dr Skye Wassens, Dr Benjamin Wolfenden and Dr Alek Zander.
In his letter to team members, CSU's Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann said the nomination presented an outstanding case for the award "which also recognises your significant contribution towards the achievement of the University's key objectives and priorities."
The aim of this SRA is to assist water managers balance the multiple benefits of water to achieve enhanced environmental and social outcomes.
Researchers in this SRA have:
This large multi-disciplinary SRA exemplifies how the Institute is tackling some of challenges facing Australia, and in particular its rural and regional communities. By working collaboratively with community, regional and national partners, the SRA is able to integrate biophysical research with socio-economic adaptive management practices. Through its research and roles on committees its members are making significant contributions to water policy and decision making, and to the adaptive management of river operations and wetlands.
The team is made up of 22 researchers, senior to early-career researchers, and includes three post-doctoral research fellows. These researchers have expertise in:
As well there are 21 post-graduate students contributing to the extensive body of research undertaken by this SRA with completed PhD and Masters research on sustainable recreational fishery requirements, social justice in water reform, mortality during the early life-stages of Murray-Darling fishes, and age, growth and reproductive dynamics of striped marlin.
While the majority of its research projects are in the Murray-Darling Basin, its researchers are also involved in projects elsewhere in Australia and overseas including countries such as China, Austria, Italy and India.
Since 2012 Sustainable Water SRA researchers have led two large projects in the Edward-Wakool and Murrumbidgee River systems monitoring the ecosystem responses to Commonwealth environmental water in collaboration with partner organisations. Currently researchers are undertaking five year (watering years 2014/15 to 2018/19) Long Term Intervention Program (LTIM) projects for each of the river systems. The projects have been funded by the Commonwealth Environmental Office. Partners include local land services, state NRM agencies and departments and other universities. The researchers are developing a large data base of ecosystem responses under different flow conditions which will enable them to use statistical modelling to predict and evaluate the response to Commonwealth environmental water. In both cases, researchers are contributing to the management and delivery of environmental water.
The SRA has four sub-groups, the Edward-Wakool LTIM led by Professor Robyn Watts, the Murrumbidgee LTIM led by Dr Skye Wassens, as well as the Fish Ecology Collaborative Research Unit, which is led by Dr Paul Humphries, and the Wetland Conservation and Management group led by Professor Max Finlayson.
Within Australia, locally, nationally and internationally important rivers and wetlands provide essential ecosystem services, such as fresh water, food and fibre, nutrient cycling, flood mitigation, drought refuge, and wildlife habitat.
However, rivers and wetlands are amongst the most threatened ecosystems globally. Most major rivers in the world have been altered by the construction of dams and flow regulation resulting in undesirable impacts on river ecosystems and biota. Wetlands may be adversely impacted directly, through vegetation clearing, frequent cropping, over-grazing, draining or filling. Management and rectification of such problems can be difficult, especially when it is realised that a large proportion of Australia's river floodplains and wetlands occur on privately owned land.
The recent droughts and floods in Australia have heightened the challenge for water managers to balance water requirements of the environment, farmers and river communities. It also created opportunities for managers to re-assess and explore more flexible water policies and river operations that will have multiple benefits for the environment and catchment communities.
A key component of future wetland and agricultural sustainability will be efficient water management within the uncertainty and complexity of increased climate variability. Under modeled climate change scenarios, most rivers and wetlands face altered water availability and so will need informed and careful management if their key values are to be retained. For this to happen it is essential that scientific research be applied, problem-focused and closely linked to sustainable management and policy.
Changes to practice are more likely to occur if we integrate biophysical and socio-economic perspectives, and reflect on and understand context, and include operational considerations: i.e. a change from conventional to adaptive management. Successful adaptation requires a partnership between researchers, practitioners, managers, regulators and the public.
|Prof Robyn Watts||River ecology, restoration and management|
Environmental responses to dam operations
|A/Prof Catherine Allan||Adaptive management|
|Dr Lee Baumgartner||Fishway design and construction, fish migration, recreational fisheries, human impacts on fisheries|
|Prof Max Finlayson||Wetland ecology|
|Dr Andrew Hall||Spatial science, vegetation remote sensing|
|Dr Julia Howitt||Environmental chemistry, water quality|
|Dr Paul Humphries||River and fish ecologist|
|Dr Kim Jenkins||Flow ecology relationships, wetland ecology, food webs|
|Dr Keller Kopf||Fish/Fisheries Ecology, Aquatic Resource Management|
|Dr Zhenquan (Jan) Li||Modelling and simulation, computational science|
|Dr Nicole McCasker||Fish ecologist|
|Dr Wayne Robinson||Wildlife ecologist|
|Dr Skye Wassens||Wetland hydrology and frog conservation|
|Dr Ben Wolfenden||Aquatic ecology|
|Dr Mariagrazia Bellio||Wetland ecologist|
|Prof Kathleen Bowmer||Water policy and governance; water planning|
|A/Prof Mike Grace|
|Ms Sascha Healy|
|Dr Shelby Gull Laird||Human dimensions of natural resource management|
|Dr Anna Lukasiewicz||Social justice in water governance|
|Dr Suzanne McDonald||Environmental chemistry, water quality, drinking water regulation|
|Dr Jason Thiem||Fish ecology|
|Dr Kevin Warbuton|
|Dr Susanne Watkins||Wetland Ecology and Flow-Ecology relationships|
|Mr James Abel||Technical Officer|
|Ms Tamsin Greenwood||Technical Officer|
|Mr Jarrod McPherson||Technical Officer|
|Ms Xiaoying (Sha Sha) Liu||Technical Officer|
Key outcomes or examples of how the work of this SRA has made a difference include:
2016-2017 Murrumbidgee Bird Breeding Event. Brandis, K. (UNSW), Spencer, J. (NSW OEH); Wassens, S. (2016-2017) CEWO, $142,191(Contract variation for the Murrumbidgee LTIM project)
2016-2017 Murrumbidgee Targeted Hypoxic Blackwater Monitoring. Wassens, S., Wolfenden, B., Walcott, A. (2016-2017) CEWO, $8,545 (Contract variation for the Murrumbidgee LTIM project)
Automated call records evaluate frog responses to environmental watering. Wassens, S., Hall, A., Nimmo, D & Walcott, A. (2016-2017) Department of Environment & Climate Change, $30,000
Blue-green algal monitoring in the Edward-Wakool River System. Watts, R., Howitt, J. & McCasker, N. (2016) CEWO, $106,476 (Contract variation for the Edward-Wakool LTIM project) Project details
Environmentally sustainable irrigation solutions for the Murray-Darling Basin. Baumgartner, L. (2017) Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering-Global Connections Fund – Bridging Grant, $49,966
Improving groundwater management to enhance agriculture and farming livelihoods in Pakistan. Finlayson, M., Punthakey, J., Allan, C., Mitchell, M.(2016-2020) ACIAR & CSU ($100,000), Total value of the project $2,100, 500
Koondrook-Perricoota Floodplain Runoff project. Watts, R., Howitt, J. (2016-2017) Forestry Corporation of NSW ($49,501), ILWS and CSU's Faculty of Science Project details
Long Term Intervention Monitoring project - Edward Wakool Selected Area - stage 2. Watts, R., McCasker, N., Howitt, J., Kopf, K, Scott, N. Partners NSW Department of Primary Industries (Fisheries), Monash University (Water Studies Centre), Griffith University, NSW OEH, and Murray LLS. (2014-2019) CEWO, $3.36M
Long Term Intervention Monitoring project-Murrumbidgee Selected Area - stage 2. Wassens, S., Hall, A., Wolfenden, B. Partners NSW Department of Primary Industries (Fisheries), University of NSW, Riverina LLS, and NSW OEH, (2014-2019) CEWO, $3.5M
Monitoring ecosystem responses to Return Flows in the Koondrook-Pericoota Forest, Wolfenden, B., Jenkins, K. & McCasker, N. (2016-2017) NSW DPI (Fisheries), $36,908
Supporting dynamic and sustainable socio-environmental systems: Realities, challenges and opportunities with the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. Finlayson, M., Waterman, P. & Bland, A. (2013- ongoing)
Study on using irrigation infrastructure to deliver environmental water to create refuges during hypoxic events. Watts, R., Howitt, J. (2016) CEWO $38,387 (Contract variation for the Edward-Wakool LTIM project) Project details
Stuffed Murray Cod in Pubs. (2017-2020) Humphries, P., McCasker, N., Kopf, R. & O'Connell, M. (PhD student), MDBA Scholarship grant, $45,000
Understanding historic fish populations in the Murray River. Humphries, P. (2015-2018) Murray Darling Basin Authority, $27,273
Vegetation Monitoring in the Colligen Creek System, Watts., R. & Healy, S. (2015-2018) Murray Local Land Services, $70,000 Project details
Water, carbon & economics: resolving complex linkages for river health, Finlayson, C.M. (chief investigator) & Hatton MacDonald, D. (CSIRO) (partner investigator). (2013-2017) ARC Linkage project led by Southern Cross University.
Murrumbidgee Catchment, NSW. Conroy, C. (Honours student), Wassens, S., Allan, C. & Knight, A. (2016) Summary Results - http://www.csu.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/2659736/Final-Aboriginal-water-plantsbsm.pdf
Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) for water research, (2016) Watts, R., Baumgartner, L., Wassens, S., Hall, A. CSU RIBG Grant. $49,919
Adaptation pathways for aquatic plants under climate change: facilitating dispersal and management interventions. Finlayson, M. Nielsen, D. (2012-2013) Australian Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (ACEAS)
Analysis of Ramsar and other related wetlands guidelines. Finlayson., M. (2011) Ramsar Secretariat.
Assessing the diversity, abundance and hydrological requirements of frog populations at 'Burrawang West' and 'Yarnel' Lagoons, two small wetlands on anabranch creeks of the mid-Lachlan River, Wassens, S., Watts, R. (2008-2010) Department of Environment and Climate Change.
Assessment of post-flood recovery of frog populations in the Lachlan catchment. Wassens, S., & Luck, G. (2012-2013) OEH, $13,964
Assessment of the status of frog communities in the Lower Murrumbidgee. Wassens, S. & Hall, A. (2012-2013) OEH, $19,960
Assessment of fish habitat and fish populations in the Old Man Creek/Beavers Creek anabranch of the Murrumbidgee River Watts, R. (2007-2011) Funded by Water for Rivers.
Barmah-Millewa midden fish study Humphries, P. and the Yorta Yorta Nation (2010-2015) Living Murray Program of the Murray- Darling Basin Authority. Project details
Blue-green algal monitoring in the Edward-Wakool River System. Watt, R., Howitt, J. & McCasker, N. (2016) CEWO, $125,705 Project details
Carbon Dating of Core Samples from Aboriginal Middens in the Barmah Region of the Murray River. Humphries, P. (2013) MDBA, $27,300
Climate Change Adaptation in the Coorong, Murray Mouth and Lakes Alexandrina and Albert Finlayson, M., Gross C., (ANU) Pittock, J., (ANU). (2010-2011) NCCARF. In conjunction with ANU. Summary Sheet
Conceptualisation of flow-recruitment relationships for riverine fisheries. Foundation activities for the Fish Theme of Environmental Water Knowledge Research (EWKR). (2016) Humphries, P., McCasker, N., & Kopf, R.K. MDFRC, $117,732 Project details
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
CSIRO Flagship Cluster project "Ecological responses to altered flow regimes Watts, R., Finlayson, M., Wassens, S., P. Humphries, Kopf, R (post-doc). (2010-2013) Project undertaken in collaboration with CSIRO, Griffith University, UNSW, Monash University, Latrobe University and the Arthur Rylah Institute. CSIRO. Project details
Developing ecologically meaningful metrics to advance environmental flow ecology. Watts, R. (2012-2013) Australian Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (ACEAS).
Developing Fish Friendly Design Criteria for Small Hydro Facilities. Finlayson, M. & Robinson, W. (2012-2014). Australian Centre for Renewable Energy through NSW DPI (Fisheries), $144,000
Developing an ecological character based management and regulatory framework for Lake Chilika, Finlayson, M. (2015) International Development Research Centre, $11,655
Development of State-wide framework for monitoring long-term responses of wetlands to environmental watering, Robinson, W. (2015-2016) DEWLP, $11,500
Ecological Characterisation and Scenario Setting for Lake Cowal, Finlayson, M., Xioying Liu, PhD Scholarship (2012-2015) Lake Cowal Foundation $90,000 Project details
Ecological responses of aquatic vegetation to the environmental water regime developed for Lake Brewster, Finlayson, M., Nielsen, D., Clements, A. Lachlan CMA, State Water & CSU. (2012-2015) Project details
Ecological responses to environmental flow microscopy, Watts, R., Wassens, S., Jenkins, K., & McCasker, N. (2015) Research Infrastructure Block Grant (RIBG), $30,660
Evidence-based scientific advice – Lasting environmental benefits of non-flow measures in the Murray Darling Basin. (2016) Baumgartner, L. Department of Agriculture & Water Resources (Fisheries & Forestry) $9090
Environmental Monitoring of Variable Release Trials Conducted at Dartmouth Dam 2001-2007: Synthesis of Key Findings. Watts, R., Ryder, D., Allan, C. (2008-2009) Murray-Darling Basin Authority
Examination of the relationships between stream water flow and fish species and invertebrate taxa using hierarchical regression analyses. Robinson, W., (2012-2015) Murray- Darling Basin Futures CRN CSU ($40,000) & CRN ($30,651)
Expert review of hydraulic models of locks 7, 8 and 9 vertical slot fishways, (2016) Li, J. MDBA, $3600
Fecundity and egg quality of dusky flathead in East Gippsland, Victoria. Humphries, P. & Keller, K. (2014-2015) VIC DEPI. $49,438 Report
Focus Farm Wetland Study. Allan, C., Duncan, R., Dehaan, R., Finlayson, M., Morrison, M., Wassens, S., Wilson, A (2010-2011) (This is a joint ILWS and EH Graham Centre project) Murrumbidgee CMA, Caring For Our Country & NSW Government. Project details
Foundational activities for the Fish Theme of Environmental Water Knowledge and Research (EWKR). Baumgartner, L. (2016) MDRFC, $16,800
Frog community responses to environmental change: a case study in the mid-Lachlan, Hall, A., & Walcott, A. (PhD student) (2015) Central Tablelands Local Land Services, $7000
Grief and Trauma associated with the implementation of water policy reforms. CSU Small Grant. Howard, J. (2009-2010)
How is social justice embedded in Australian water governance institutions? ILWS PhD scholarship Lukasiewicz, A. (2008-2012)
Identifying climate refuges in the Murray-Darling Basin. Hall, A. & Finlayson, M. (2015-2016) MDBA, $50,670 Project details
Identifying low risk climate change mitigation and adaptation in catchment management while avoiding unintended consequences. Finlayson, M., Pittock, J., (ANU) & Lukasiewicz, A.(2012 - 2013) NCCARF Project details
Identification of hydrological and habitat requirements to maintain viable Southern Bell Frog (Litoria raniformis) populations in the Lowbidgee floodplain (Phase 2), S Wassens, A Wilson. (2010-2011) Department of Environment and Climate Change.
Identification of hydrological and habitat requirements to maintain viable Southern Bell Frog (Litoria raniformis) populations in Yanga National Park (Phase 1), Wassens, S., Watts, R. (2007-2008) Department of Environment and Climate Change.
Koondrook-Perricoota Forest Condition Monitoring Review, (2016) Robinson, W. Forestry Corporation of NSW, $5500
Living Murray Condition Monitoring Refinement Project, Robinson, W. (2014-2015) MDBA $20,364
Long Term Intervention Monitoring for the Edward Wakool System - Stage 1. Watts., R. McCasker, N., Howitt, J., & Kopf, K. with NSW DPI, Monash University, OEH, Murray CMA. (Dec 2013-April 2014) CEWO, $105,798
Long Term Intervention Monitoring for the Murrumbidgee System - Stage 1. Wassens, S. & Hall, A. with NSW DPI, UNSW, OEH & Murrumbidgee CMA. (Dec 2013-April 2014) CEWO, $168,497
Long Term Monitoring Project-Murrumbidgee Selected Area-Return Flow Variation. Wassens, S., Wolfenden, B. & Jenkins, K. (2015) CEWO, $59,164
Lower Lachlan Frog Assessment, Wassens, S., Dyer, F. (Uni of Canberra), Walcott, A. & Hall, A. (2015-2016), CEWO, $39,728
Monitoring the ecological response of Commonwealth environmental water delivered in 2013-14 to the Edward-Wakool river system. Watts, R., McCasker, N., Kopf, K., & Howitt, J. (2013-2014) Partners Department of Primary Industries – NSW Fisheries, Murray Catchment Management Authority, Monash University, and NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. SEWPAC, $753,656 Project details
Monitoring the ecological response of Commonwealth environmental water delivered in 2013-14 to the Murrumbidgee River. Wassens, S & Hall, A. (2013-2014) Partners Department of Primary Industries – NSW Fisheries,(Lee Baumgarten) Murrumbidgee Catchment Management Authority (Erin Lenon), NSW Office of Environment and Heritage(Dr Jennifer Spencer) and University of NSW (Dr Kim Jenkins). SEWPAC, $671,801 Project details
Monitoring the ecological response of Commonwealth environmental water delivered in 2012-13 to the Edward-Wakool river system. Watts, R., Wassens, S. & Howitt, J. (2012-2013) Partners Department of Primary Industries – NSW Fisheries, Murray Catchment Management Authority, Monash University, Wakool River Association and NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. SEWPAC, $910,935 Project details
Monitoring the ecological response of Commonwealth environmental water delivered in 2012-13 to the Murrumbidgee River. Wassens, S., Hall, A., & Watts, R. (2012-2013) Partners Department of Primary Industries – NSW Fisheries, Murrumbidgee Catchment Management Authority, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and University of NSW. SEWPAC, $776,222 Project details
Monitoring and evaluation of 2011-12 Commonwealth watering actions in the Edward-Wakool River System. Watts, R., Kopf, K., Wassens, S., & Howitt, J. (2012) SEWPAC. In partnership with the Murray CMA $218,00 Report
Monitoring of ecosystem responses to the delivery of environmental water in the Murrumbidgee system Wassens, S., Watts, R., Howitt, J., Zander, A., and Hall, A. (2010 – 2012) Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. Summary Sheet Report 1 and Report 2
National Water Planning Project. Coordinator Poh- Ling Tan of Griffith University. Other participants Whelan, J., Mackenzie, J., Bowmer, K., Baldwin, C., Jackson, S., Mooney, C., White, I., Ayre, M. (2008-2010) National Water Commission.
Noonamah stock channel Southern Bell Frog assessment. Wassens, S. & Amos, C.(PhD candidate) (2014) NSW OEH, $9,940
Optimising frog breeding responses to flooding in managed wetlands (multiple projects) NSW DECCW and Murray Wetlands Working Group. Wassens, S., Watts, R., Wilson, A., Hall, A., (all ILWS), Spencer, J. (DEH NSW) (2006–2011) NSW DECCW and Murray Wetlands Working Group. Summary Sheet
Review of River Murray System Operations Adaptive Management Approach, Allan, C. (2011-2012) Murray-Darling Basin Authority Project details
Responses of freshwater turtles to altered flow regimes in floodplain wetlands. Wassens, S. (2013-2015) CSIRO scholarship (Singh. K.) $39,000
Science Policy Dialogue on Emergency Preparedness and Management of Health Impacts of Extreme Weather Events in the Asia Pacific Region. Finlayson, M. (2015) Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN)
Securing adequate safe domestic water for regional Australia. (2016) Waterman, P., Finlayson, M., Kitzelmann, M. (Etheridge Shire Council), Charters, K. (SEGRA) CSU, $50,000 Project details
Strengthening livelihood security and adapting to climate change uncertainties in Chilika Lagoon, India. Bellio. M. & Finlayson, M. (2012-2015) Wetlands International-South Asia (WISA) in partnership with Chilika Development Authority
Sustainable Diversion Limits (SDL) Adjustment Ecological Elements Development Project. Wassens, S. (2013) MDBA administered through CSIRO, $9,300
Sustainable Management of Murray Spiny Crayfish. Watts, R. and Zukowski, S. (2008 -2011) MDBC.
Synthesis of flow-recruitment relationships for riverine fishes, Humphries, P., King, A. (CDU), Kopf, K., McCasker, N. & Stoffels, R. (2016) MDRFC, $82,028 Project details
The Book of Knowledge on Water and Climate Change Issues, Finlayson,M. (2015) Danone/Evian, $22,205 Link to book
TLM Stand Condition Change Assessment Methodology. (2016) Robinson, W. MDBA, $5750
Thresholds and regime shifts-Australian freshwater ecosystems Finlayson, M. & Watts, R. (2012-2013) Australian Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (ACEAS)
Understanding historic fish populations in the Murray River, Humphries, P. (2015-2016), Murray Darling Basin Authority, $27,273
VEFMAP Fish Data analysis-Part B: Analysis on existing fish data (2008-14). Humphries, P., Kopf, R.K. & McCasker, N. (2015) Goulburn Broken CMA, $9,800
Vulnerability Assessment of the Impacts of Climate Change and Sea Level Rise on Sydney Olympic Park Wetlands, Finlayson ,M., Spiers, A., Paul, S. Sydney Olympic Park Authority/CSU. (2011) Sydney Olympic Park Authority, $10,000 Project details
Yanco Creek Environmental flows monitoring: 2015-16 fish and vegetation surveys. Wassens, S. & Wolfenden, B. (2015-2016) NSW Office of Environment & Heritage, $20,000 Project details
Murray-Darling Basin Environmental Water Knowledge and Research (EWKR) Project, (2014-2019) managed by the Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre, funded by the Australian Government's Department of Environment. Dr Paul Humphries and Dr Lee Baumgartner are members of the project's fish leadership team and have been involved in devising research projects that answer important research questions/priorities for the project's fish theme. Dr Skye Wassens is involved in the project's vegetation theme, and Dr Ben Wolfenden is expected to be involved in its foodwebs theme.
Adaptive management in the Edward-Wakool, Allan, C. (2015-2016) This activity is exploring evidence of adaptive management in relation to the use of environmental water.
Where have all the fish gone, and can they come back? Australian Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (ACEAS). Humphries, P., McCasker, N., and Kopf, K. (2012-on-going) in collaboration with researchers from Griffith University, CSIRO, Department of Environment, Land & Water, NSW Department of Primary Industries, Monash University, Charles Darwin University, Murray Darling Basin Authority Project details
Baumgartner, L.J., Thorncraft, G., Boys, C., Singhanouvong, D., Phonekhampheng, O. (2017) Effects of fluid shear on Silver shark; Implications for hydropower design. Fisheries Management and Ecology. DOI:10.1111/fme.12213
Jones, M., Beyer, K., Zampatti, B. & Baumgartner, L.J. (2017) Influence of altered light intensity on passage success through a vertical slot fishway: implications for instream structures. Ecology of Freshwater fish. DOI:10.1111/fme.12205
Baumgartner, L.J., Wooden, I., Conallin, J., Robinson, W., Thiem, J.D. (2017) Informing water delivery to sustain native fish communities during a long-term drought: Management recommendations for dryland streams in Southern Australia. Ecohydrology. DOI:10.1002/eco.1820
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 http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF16244
Thiem, J.D, Wooden, I.J., Baumgartner, L.J., Butler, G.L., Forbes, J.P., Conallin, J. (2017) An assessment of the contribution of stocking to golden perch and Murray cod recovery in hypoxic blackwater affected areas of the Edward-Wakool river system, Australia. Austral Ecology. DOI:10.1111/aec.124242016
Cameron, L., Baumgartner, L., Butler, G., Bucher, D. & Lou, D. (2016) Using otolith microchemistry to differentiate between stocked and unstocked Australian bass (Percalates novemaculeata). Fisheries Research. 183:86-91
Harris, J.H., Kingsford, R.T., Peirson, W. & Baumgartner, L.J. (2016) Mitigating the effects of barriers to freshwater fish migrations: the Australian experience. Marine and Freshwater Research. http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF15284
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 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2016.09.005
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 http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF16075
Li, Z., Wood, R. (2016) Accuracy verification of a 2D adaptive mesh refinement method for incompressible or steady flow, Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0377042716304423
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. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10584-016-1755-?wt_mc=Internal.Event.1.SEM.ArticleAuthorOnlineFirst
Boys, C. A., Robinson, W., Miller, B., Pflugrath, B., Baumgartner, L. J., Navarro, A., Brown, R. and Deng, Z. (2016) A piecewise regression approach for determining biologically relevant hydraulic thresholds for the protection of fishes at river infrastructure. Journal of Fish Biology. doi:10.1111/jfb.12910
Thiem, J.D., Wooden, I.J., Baumgartner, L.J., Butler, G.L., Forbes, J. P., Conallin, J. (2016). Recovery from a fish kill in a semi-arid Australian river: Can stocking augment natural recruitment processes? Austral Ecology. doi:10.1111/aec.12424. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/aec.12424/full
Haztry, C., Thiem, J., Hatin, D., Dumont, P., Smokorowski, K.E. & Cooke, S.J. (2016) Fishway approach behaviour and passage of three redhorse species (Moxostoma anisurum, M. carinatum, and M. macrolepidotum) in the Richelieu River, Quebec. Environmental Biology of Fishes. 99 (2) 249-263
Wassens, S., Hall, A. & Spencer, J. (2016) The effect of survey method on the detection probabilities of frogs and tadpoles in large wetland complexes. Marine & Freshwater Research, 68: 686-6962015
Ison, R., Allan, C., Collins, K. (2015) Reframing water governance praxis: Does reflection on metaphors have a role? Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 33:1697-1713
Finlayson, M. (2015) Determining change in aquatic ecosystems, Marine and Freshwater Research, 66 (11) i-iii. http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/MFv66n11_ED.htm
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, http://www.publish.csiro.au/?paper=MF15293
Finlayson, C.M., Horwtiz, P. & Weinstein, P. (Eds) (2015) Wetlands and Human Health, Springer, Netherlands.
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, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969715001886
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 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.03.127
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
Forbes, J., Watts, R.J., Robinson, W.A., Baumgartner, L.J., Allen, M.S., McGuffie, P., Cameron, L.M. & Crook, D.A. (2015) System-Specific Variability in Murray Cod and Golden Perch Maturation and Growth Influences Fisheries Management Options, North American Journal of Fisheries Management, 35:6, 1226-1238, DOI: 10.1080/02755947.2015.1094153
Forbes, J. P., Watts, R. J., Robinson, W. A., Baumgartner, L. J., Steffe, A. S.& Murphy. J. J.(2015). Recreational fishing effort, catch, and harvest for Murray Cod and Golden Perch in the Murrumbidgee River, Australia. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 35:649-658. dx.doi.org/10.1080/02755947.2015.1032452
Humphries, P., Kumar, S. and Lake, P.S. (2015). Engineered artificial flooding: more questions than answers. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 13: 242-243.
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
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 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212041615000261
Humphries, P., Kumar, S. & Lake, P.S. (2015). Engineered artificial flooding: more questions than answers. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 13: 242-243.
Kopf, R.K., Finlayson C.M., Humphries P., Hladyz S. & Sims N. (2015 ) Anthropocene baselines: assessing change and managing biodiversity in human-dominated aquatic ecosystems. BioScience 8: 798-811
Kingsford, R.T., Mac Nally, R. King, A.J., Walker, K.F., Bino, G., Thompson, R., Wassens, S. & Humphries, P. (2015) A commentary on Long-term ecological trends of flow-dependent ecosystems in a major regulated river basin, by Matthew J. Colloff, Peter Caley, Neil Saintilan, Carmel A. Pollino and Neville D. Crossman. Marine and Freshwater Research, 66:9708-980.
Bowmer, K.H. (2014) Water Resources in Australia: Deliberation on Options for Protection and Management. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management. OI:10.1080/14486563.2014.913269
Howitt, J.A., Mondon, J., Mitchell, B.D., Kidd, T. and Eshelman, B. (2014) Urban stormwater inputs to an adapted coastal wetland: Role in water treatment and impacts on wetland biota. Science of The Total Environment 485–486(0), 534-544. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969714004410
Humphries, P., Keckeis, H. and Finlayson, B. (2014). The river wave concept: uniting river ecosystem models. BioScience 64:870-882.
Mackay, M., Allan,C., Colliver, R. & Howard,J.(2014) Systems Approaches Enable Improved Collaboration in Two Regional Austral- ian Natural Resource Governance Situations. International Journal of Systems and Society, 1(2), 1-21
McCasker, N., Humphries, P., Meredith, S., Klomp, N. (2014) Contrasting Patterns of Larval Mortality in Two Sympatric Riverine Fish Species: A Test of the Critical Period Hypothesis. PLoS ONE 9(10): e109317. http://www.plosone.org/article/fetchObject.action?uri=info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0109317&representation=PDF
Small, K., Kopf, R.K., Watts, R.J., Howitt, J. (2014) Hypoxia, blackwater and fish kills: experimental lethal oxygen thresholds in juvenile predatory lowland river fishes. PLOS ONE 9(4), e94524 http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0094524
Small, K., Kopf, R.K., Watts, R.J., Howitt, J. (2014) Hypoxia, blackwater and fish kills: experimental lethal oxygen thresholds in juvenile predatory lowland river fishes. PLOS ONE 9(4), e94524 http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0094524
Schoeman, J., Allan,C., & Finlayson,M.C. (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, http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07900627.2014.907087#.U3AoKig-CGY
Allan, C., Xia, J., & Pahl-Wostl, C. (2013). Climate change and water security: challenges for adaptive water management. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 5, 625-632 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cosust.2013.09.004
Bellio, M. & Kingsford, R.T. (2013) Alteration of wetland hydrology in coastal lagoons: Implications for shorebird conservation and wetland restoration at a Ramsar site in Sri Lanka, Biological Conservation Vol. 167, pp57-68. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0006320713002450%20
Bowmer, K.H. Ecosystem Effects from Nutrient and Pesticide Pollutants: Catchment Care as a Solution. Resources 2013, 2, 439-456. http://www.mdpi.com/2079-9276/2/3/439
Finlayson, C.M. (2013) Preface: Climate change and wetlands in Australia, Hydrobiologia 708(1),1-2
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
Mills, K., Gell, P., Gergis, J., Baker, P., Finlayson, C.M., Hesse, P,P., Jones, R., Kershaw, P., Pearson, S., Treble, P.C., Barr, C., Brookhouse, M., Drysdale, R., McDonald, J., Haberle, S., Reid, M., Thoms, M, & Tibby, J. ( 2013.) Paleoclimate studies and natural resource management in the Murray-Darling Basin II: unravelling human impacts and climate variability. Australian Journal of Earth
Sciences 60, 1–11.
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
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
Humphries. P., Richardson, A., Wilson, G., & Ellison, T. (2013) River regulation and recruitment in a protracted-spawning riverine fish. Ecological Applications, 23(1), 2013, pp. 208–225
Price, A.E., Humphries, P., Gawne, B. & Thoms, M.C. (2013) Effects of discharge regulation on slackwater characteristics at multiple scales in a lowland river. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 2013, 70(2): 253-262
Lecher, A., Kickers, H., Scheuermann, E., Humphries, P., McCasker, N. and Thitherto, M. (2013), Hydraulic forces impact larval fish drift in the free flowing section of a large European river. Ecohydrology. doi: 10.1002/eco.1386
Lukasiewicz A., Bowmer, K., Syme, G. & Davidson, P. (2013) Assessing government intentions for Australian water reform using a Social Justice Framework. Society & Natural Resources.
Patterson, J.J., Lukasiewicz, A., Wallis, P.J., Rubenstein, N., Coffey, B., Gachenga, E. & Lynch, A.J.J. (2013) Tapping fresh currents: Fostering early-career researchers in transdisciplinary water governance research. Water Alternatives 6(2): 293-312
Lukasiewicz, A., Syme,G., Bowmer, K., & Davidson,P. (2013) Is the environment getting its fair share? An analysis of the Australian Water Reform process using social justice framework. Social Justice Research
Lukasiewicz, A., Davidson,P., Syme,G. & Bowmer, K. (2013) How the social construction of environment affects people's reaction to water policy. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14486563.2013.816641
Patterson, J.J., Lukasiewicz, A., Wallis, P.J., Rubenstein, N., Coffey, B., Gachenga, E. & Lynch, A.J.J. (2013) Tapping fresh currents: Fostering early-career researchers in transdisciplinary water governance research. Water Alternatives 6(2): 293-312 http://www.water-alternatives.org/index.php/tp1-2/1882-vol6/237-issue6-2
Wassens, S., Walcott, A., Wilson, A., & Freire, R. (2013) Frog breeding in rain-fed wetlands after a period of severe drought: implications for predicting the impacts of climate change, Hydrobiologia 708(1), 69-80
Nielsen, D.L., Podnar, K., Watts, R.J. & Wilson, A.L. (2013) Empirical evidence linking increased hydrologic stability with decreased biotic diversity within wetlands, Hydrobiologia 708(1), 81-96
Tan, P-L., Bowmer, K.H., Mackenzie, J., (2012) Deliberative tools for meeting the challenges of water planning in Australia, Journal of Hydrology , doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2012.02.032
Tan, P.L., Bowmer, K.H., Baldwin, C., (2012) Continued Challenges in the Policy and Legal Framework for Collaborative Water Planning, Journal of Hydrology, doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2012.02.021
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. DOI.org/10.1080/13880292.2012.749138
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
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, Finalyson, 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)
Finlayson, C.M., Davidson, N., Pritchard , D., Milton, G.R & MacKay, H. (2011): The Ramsar Convention and Ecosystem-Based Approaches to the Wise Use and Sustainable Development of Wetlands, Journal of International Wildlife Law & Policy, 14:3-4, 176-198
Horwitz, P., Finlayson, CM., (2011), Wetlands as settings for human health: Incorporating ecosystem services and health impact assessment into water resource management. BioScience, 61(9), 678-688, USA, DOI: 10.1525/bio.2011.61.9.6.
Watts, R.J., Richter, B.D, Oppermann, J.J. and Bowmer, K.H. (2011). Dam re-operation in an era of climate change. Marine and Freshwater Research 62, 321-327.
Allan, C. (2010). Rapid, small scale socioeconomic studies for natural resource management (No. 54). Albury-Wodonga: Institute for Land, Water and Society, Charles Sturt University.
Howard, J. (2010) Managing for justice in community based water planning: a conceptual model. Environmental Conservation Environmental Conservation, International Journal of Interdisciplinary Environmental Science 3(37), 356 - 363.
Wassens S. (2010) Flooding regimes for frogs in lowland rivers of the Murray-Darling Basin In: Ecosystem Response Modelling in the Murray-Darling Basin (eds N. Saintilann and I. C. Overton). CSIRO Publishing Canberra.
Wassens, S (2010) Water requirements of frogs in the Murray-Darling Basin, Invited chapter In Water requirements of biota in the Murray-Darling Basin (eds Rogers, K and Ralph, T. ) CSIRO Publishing Canberra.
Wassens S. & Maher M. (2010) River regulation influences the composition and distribution of inland frog communities. River Research and Applications.
Wassens S., Hall A., Watts R. & Osborne W. (2010) Habitat occupancy patterns of Litoria raniformis in floodplain wetlands: the importance of wetland hydrology and vegetation. Austral Ecology.
Watts, R.J., Ryder, D.S., Allan, C. & Commens, S. (2010) Using river-scale experiments to inform variable releases from large dams: a case study of emergent adaptive management. Marine and Freshwater Research 61, 786–797. Special issue of Marine and Freshwater Research "Peter Cullen's Legacy: Integrating Science, Policy and Management of Rivers".
Allan, C., Curtis, A., Stankey, G., & Shindler, B. (2008). Adaptive Management and Watersheds: A Social Science Perspective. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 44(1), 166-174.
Allan, C., Khan, S., & Davidson, B. (2008). Assessing social acceptability of management options for harmonising irrigation with environmental concerns: A case study from the Murrumbidgee Valley, Australia. Water SA, 34(4), 517-522.
Wassens, S., Watts, R. J., Jansen, A. & Roshier, D. (2008) Movement patterns of Southern Bell Frogs (Litoria raniformis) in response to flooding. Wildlife Research, 35, 50 - 58.
Wassens, S., Roshier, D. A., Watts, R. J. & Robertson, A. I. (2007) Spatial patterns of a Southern Bell Frog (Litoria raniformis) population in an agricultural landscape. Pacific Conservation Biology, 13, 104-110.
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
Finlayson, C.M., Horwtiz, P. & Weinstein, P. (Eds) (2015) Wetlands and Human Health, Springer, Netherlands.
Humphries, P. & Walker, K. (eds) (2013) Ecology of Australian Freshwater Fishs, CSIRO Publishing
Winemiller, K.O., Humphries, P. and Pusey, B. (2016) Protecting apex predators. In: Conservation of Freshwater Fishes (G. Closs, G., Krkosek, M. and Olden, J. Eds), Cambridge University Press.
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 and 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, pp. 569–608, ANU Press, Canberra.
Winemiller, K.O., Humphries, P. and Pusey, B. (2015) Protecting apex predators. In: Conservation of Freshwater Fishes (G. Closs, M. Krkosek and J. Olden, Eds), Cambridge University Press.
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, R.J., Finlayson, C.M., 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.
2012 and earlier
Allan, C., Watts, R. J., Commens, S., & Ryder, D. S. (2009). Using adaptive management to meet multiple goals for flows along the Mitta Mitta River in south-eastern Australia. In C. Allan & G. Stankey (Eds.), Adaptive environmental management: A practitioner's guide. Amsterdam: Springer, pp 61-73.
Allan, C. (2008). Can adaptive management help us embrace the Murray-Darling Basin's wicked problems? In C. Pahl-Wostl, P. Kabat & J. Moltgen (Eds.), Adaptive and Integrated Water Management: coping with Complexity and Uncertainty (pp. 61-73). Berlin Heidelberg: Springer.
Amoateng, P. (2015). Urbanisation and the loss of inland water systems: evidence from Kumasi, Ghana. Paper presented at New Zealand Freshwater Society (NZFS) and Australian Society of Limnology Conference, Nov 23-26, Wellington, New Zealand.
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
Robinson, W. (2015) Is the use of fixed monitoring sites a sensible idea for long-term monitoring/bio-assessment in ephemeral systems? Presented at the New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Society and Australian Society for Limnology conference, November 23-26, Wellington, New Zealand. (The talk was nominated by the students as one of the best talks by an academic at the conference).
Watts, R. J., Healy,S. & McCasker, N. (2016) Responses of riverbank and aquatic vegetation to instream environmental flows, in Vietz, G.J., Flatley, A.J. and Rutherfurd, I.D. (2016) Proceedings of the 8th Australian Stream Management Conference, July 31 to August 2 2016, Leura, NSW
Williams, J. (2015) The new freshwater paradigm as a consequence of land use and climate change, presented at 2015 Biodiversity Dreaming Conference, CSU, Bathurst, Nov 10-11.
Long Term Intervention Monitoring Projects : Quarterly progress reports
Edward-Wakool LTIM Progress Report 7, March 2016
Edward-Wakool LTIM Progress Report 6, December 2015
Edward-Wakool LTIM Progress Report 5, September 2015
Edward-Wakool LTIM Progress Report 4, June 2015
Edward-Wakool LTIM Progress Report 3, March 2015
Murrumbidgee LTIM Project Progress Report 9 Watering Highlights for 2015-2016
Murrumbidgee LTIM Project Progress Report 7 January - March 2016
Murrumbidgee LTIM Project Progress Report 7 January - March 2016
Murrumbidgee LTIM Project Progress Report 6 October - December 2015
Murrumbidgee LTIM Project Progress Report 5 July - September 2015
Murrumbidgee LTIM Project Progress Report 4 April - June 2015
Murrumbidgee LTIM Project Progress Report 3 Jan - March 2015
Wassens, S., Spencer, J., Thiem, J., Wolfenden, B., Jenkins, K., Hall, A., Ocock, J., Kobayashi, T., Thomas., Bino, G., Health, J., Lenon, E. (2016) Commonwealth Environmental Water Office Long-Term Intervention Monitoring project Murrumbidgee River system Selected Area evaluation report, 2014-2016. November 2016
Watts, R., McCasker, N., Howitt, J., Theim, J., Grace, M., Kopf, R.K., Healy, S., Bond, N. ( 2017) Commonwealth Environmental Water Office Long Term Intervention Monitoring Project: Edward-Wakool Selected Area Evaluation Report, 2015-16 ( - 6.06 MB) Prepared for the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office.
Watts, R.J., McCasker, N., Thiem, J., Howitt, J.A., Grace, M , Kopf, R.K., Healy, S. , Bond, N. (2015). Commonwealth Environmental Water Office Long Term Intervention Monitoring Project: Edward-Wakool Selected Area Synthesis Report, 2014-15.
Watts, R.J., Kopf, R.K., Hladyz, S., Grace, M., Thompson, R., McCasker, N., Wassens, S., Howitt, J.A., and Conallin, J. (2012). Monitoring of ecosystem responses to the delivery of environmental
water in the Edward-Wakool river system, 2011-2012. Report 1. Prepared for Commonwealth Environmental Water Office.
Wassens, S., Watts, R., Howitt, J., Spencer, J., Zander, A., & Hall, A. (2012) Monitoring of ecosystem responses to the delivery of environmental water in the Murrumbidgee system. ILWS Report 2 for SEWPAC.
Wassens, S., Watts, R., Howitt, J., Spencer, J., Zander,A., & Hall, A. (2012) Monitoring of ecosystem responses to the delivery of environmental water in the Murrumbidgee system. ILWS Report 1 for SEWPAC.
Lukasiewicz, A., Finlayson, C. M., & Pittock, J. 2013. Identifying low risk climate change adaptation in catchment management while avoiding unintended consequences, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Gold Coast, Australia. Synthesis and Integrative Research Final report http://apo.org.au/files/Resource/Finlayson-2013-Final-Report-WEB.pdf
Watts, R.J., Allan, C., Bowmer, K.H., Page K.J., Ryder D.S. & Wilson A.L. (2009). Pulsed flows: a review of environmental costs and benefits and best practice. Waterlines report, National Water Commission, Canberra.
Watts, R.J., Ryder, D.S., & Allan, C. (2009) Environmental monitoring of variable flow trials conducted at Dartmouth Dam, 2001/02-07/08 - Synthesis of key findings and operational guidelines. Report to the Murray-Darling Basin Authority. Institute for Land Water and Society Report Number 50, Charles Sturt University, Albury, NSW.
|Inam Ahmed||How scale of investigation influences reporting of in-stream river hydraulics Supervisors Prof Robyn Watts, Dr Andrew Hall, Dr Geoff Vietz (The University of Melbourne)|
|Carmen Amos||Response of frogs to environmental factors on a range of scales in the Lachlan Catchment of NSW|
Supervisors Dr Skye Wassens (Principal) and Prof Gary Luck
(Thesis submitted 2017)
|Dale Campbell||Reconstruction of Reconstructing past floodplain environments|
Supervisors Dr Paul Humphries, Dr Nicole McCasker and Dr Michael Reid (UNE)
|Adrian Clements||Ecological responses of aquatic vegetation to the environmental water regime developed for Lake Brewster (This project has received funding from NSW State Water and the Lachlan Catchment Management Authority) Supervisors Prof Max Finlayson, Dr Daryl Nielsen MDFRC|
(Thesis submitted 2017)
|Kendal Krause||Zooplankton in the Murrumbidgee: the effects of native and exotic fish species, density and behaviour on zooplankton community structure|
Supervisors Dr Skye Wassens (Principal), Dr Benjamin Wolfenden and Dr Kim Jenkins
|Matt O'Connell||Trophy Murray Cod: taxidermied Murray Cod and environmental change in the Murray-Darling Basin |
Supervisors Dr Paul Humphries, Dr Keller Kopf, and Dr Nicole McCasker
|Jess Schoeman||Optimising water management in the Anthropocene? A case study of adaptive management in the Lachlan Catchment, inland New South Wales, Australia Supervisors A/Prof Catherine Allan and Prof Max Finlayson|
(Thesis submitted 2017)
|Kylie Singh||Freshwater turtle communities in regulated river systems of the lower Murray-Darling Basin: Habitat use, demography and spatial ecology|
Supervisors Prof Robyn Watts, Dr Carmel Polino (CSIRO)
(Thesis submitted 2017)
|Abbie Spiers||An exploration of community perceptions about wetland health in New Zealand|
Supervisors Prof Max Finlayson, A/Prof Rosemary Black
(Thesis submitted 2016)
|Daniel Svozil||The importance of intraspecific variation in biological and life history characteristics to the recovery of threatened fish species|
Principal Supervisor Prof Robyn Watts
|Michael Vanderzee||Socio-ecological impacts of water reform in the Murray-Darling Basin|
Supervisors Prof Max Finlayson, Dr Jennifer Bond, and Dr Jamie Pittock (ANU)
|Amelia Walcott||Frog community responses to environmental change: a case study in the mid Lachlan |
Supervisors Dr Andrew Hall, Prof Max Finlayson and Dr Skye Wassens
(Thesis submitted 2017)
|PhD and Masters student completions|
|Dr Paul Amoateng||The changing spatial extent of water bodies and the implications for urban flooding. The case of Kumasi, Ghana. Supervisor Prof Max Finlayson|
|Dr James Dyer||The role of movement in explaining the distribution of riverine shrimp|
Supervisors Dr Paul Paul Humphries, Prof Robyn Watts
|Dr Jamin Forbes||Population dynamics and implications for management of a Murray cod and golden perch fishery in south-eastern Australia.|
Supervisors Prof Robyn Watts, Dr Wayne Robinson, Dr Lee Baumgartner
|Dr Alexandra Knight||The case for Sloane's Froglet: Generating ecological knowledge with the intent to benefit biodiversity|
Supervisors Prof Robyn Watts, Dr Catherine Allen, David Hunter (OEH)
|Dr Stacey Kopf||Swimming performance and dispersal potential of larval Australian freshwater fish in a regulated riverscape. Supervisors Prof Robyn Watts, Dr Paul Humphries |
|Dr Saideepa Kumar||Establishing more acceptable and achievable environmental watering targets in a complex changing world. (This project has received funding fro m the National Centre for Groundwater Research & Training)|
Supervisors: Professor Allan Curtis (Principal), Dr Emily Mendham and Dr Wendy Merritt, (ANU)
|Mr Luke Pearce |
|Conservation management of southern pygmy perch (Nannoperca australis) in NSW, in the context of climatic extremes and alien species. Supervisors Dr Paul Humphries, Prof Robyn Watts (2015)|
|Dr Luisa Perez-Mujica||A system dynamics approach to assessing sustainability of tourism in wetlands|
Supervisors Prof Max Finlayson & A/Prof Jonathon Howard
Dr Sylvia Zukowski
|What information is required for sustainable recreational freshwater fishery regulations in Australia? Supervisor Prof Robyn Watts |
|Dr Anna Lukasiewicz||Lost in translation: where is the social justice in Australian water reform? Supervisor Dr Penny Davidson |
|Dr Nicole McCasker||Of life and death in lowland rivers: Investigating mortality during the early life stages of Murray-Darling fishes. Supervisor Dr Paul Humphries |
|Dr R. Keller Kopf||Age, growth, and reproductive dynamics of striped marlin, Kajikia audax in the southwest Pacific Ocean. Principal supervisor Professor Peter Davie |
Dr Lei Yinru (Ruby)
|Human migration decision-making in response to climate change- A case study in Shangnan County, China. Supervisor Prof Max Finlayson and Dr Rik Thwaites|
|Dr Xiaoying Liu (Sha Sha)||Ecological Characterisation and Scenario Setting for Lake Cowal (This project is funded by the Lake Cowal Foundation.)|
Supervisors Prof Max Finlayson, Dr Daryl Nielsen & Dr Darren Baldwin MDFRC
Members of the SRA have been involved in various community engagement activities including presentations to the public and landcare groups; production of fact sheets for the community; attendance at information booths at field days; and membership of stakeholder committees related to environmental watering and wetland management.
Visit to Chilika Lagoon
Professor Finlayson was in India March 1-6, 2015, to run a workshop at the Chilika Lagoon, to develop an ecological character description in response to Ramsar requirements. A report contributed to the triennial Ramsar conference in Uruguay, South America.
Ramsar Workshop: Detecting Change in Ecological Character, was held in Queenscliff, Victoria, November 5 to 8 2013, involving the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, the Institute and the Self-Sustaining Regions Research & Innovation CRN, based at Ballarat University. It brought key palaeoecological researchers together with limnologists and ecologists to explore means of better understanding the nature of change and variability in key Ramsar wetlands across the globe.
Adaptation policy for the conservation and management of nationally and internationally important wetlands Workshop. A two day workshop in Melbourne, April 16-17 2013, hosted by the Institute in association with the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility and the Society of Wetland Scientists (Oceanic chapter) that discussed what information Australia needs to meet its international obligations for its inland and coastal wetlands covered by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.
Members of the Sustainable Water SRA have a number of linkages and partnerships with international organisations.
Institute Director Prof Finlayson has been a member of the Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) of Ramsar since the early 1990s and is an Invited Expert on climate change and wetlands. As the current Ramsar Chair for the Wise Use of Wetlands, UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, The Netherlands, he is often called upon by international and national governments for his expertise in wetland management. He also regularly attends and presents at international conferences, including, during 2015 and 2016:
Continuing his long-term association with the University of Vienna, Dr Paul Humphries was one of the organisers of the 39th Annual Larval Fish Conference held at the university in July 2015. While in Austria, he also ran a Masters Field Course and class. Dr Humphries also co-supervised a PhD student from the University of Vienna, who has now completed.
Dr Lee Baumgartner, Dr Wayne Robinson and Jarrod McPherson helped facilitate the installation of the first-ever fish-friendly irrigation gate in the Lower Mekong Basin as part of a project being led by Dr Craig Boys from Fisheries NSW looking to improve the design of irrigation infrastructure to increase fisheries production in floodplain wetlands of the Lower Mekong and Murray-Darling Basins.
Dr Wayne Robinson spent five weeks on secondment in Environment Canada's Bioassessment office in Vancouver, Canada. While there he was involved in reviewing and refining some of the multivariate statistical procedures used in the Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network. He also presented at a Society for Freshwater Science Annual Meeting in the U.S.
Dr Angus Webb (University of Melbourne) and Prof Robyn Watts were co-chairs of a special session on "Implementation and adaptive management of environmental flows" at the ISE2016 International Symposium on Ecohydraulics, held in Melbourne in February 2016. Dr Webb, Prof Watts along with A/Prof Allan and Dr John Conallin (UNESCO-IHE) are guest editors of a special issue of the journal Environmental Management (to be published in 2017) based on papers presented at this conference.
Prof Watts also presented a paper on "Responses of aquatic and riverbank vegetation to in-channel environmental flows" at the 14th international conference on Aquatic Plants at Edinburgh University, Scotland, 2015.
The University has a MOU with Hohai University in China, which was first signed in 2009 and has been renewed until August 2019. Under this agreement, PhD graduate Dr Yinru (Ruby) Lei was studying in Australia through a joint CSU/Hohai University PhD scholarship.
International visitors in 2015/16 were: