ILWS - Charles Sturt University
ILWS - Charles Sturt University

Dr Wayne Robinson

Dr Wayne Robinson

Wayne Robinson has worked as a teaching and research academic at the University of Canberra, Charles Sturt University and the University of the Sunshine Coast for 17 years.  Wayne has a strong background in data analysis and natural resource management themes and aims to develop management and research techniques that can be employed in an environmentally, economically and socially sustainable manner. During the last decade, he has developed a high level of expertise in the experimental design and analysis of long-term monitoring of Australia's ecological resources.

Research Interests

  • Fish passage
  • Invasive ants
  • Alpine mammals’ diets
  • Monitoring design
  • River health

Bachelor of Applied Science, University of Canberra, 1983
Master of Applied Science, University of Canberra, 1996
Doctor of Philosophy, Charles Sturt University, 2012

Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed Papers

Grieve, B., Baumgartner, L.J., Robinson, W., Silva, L., Pomorin, K., Thorncraft, G., Ning, N. (2018) Flexible and non-invasive passive integrated transponder (PIT) tagging protocols for tropical freshwater fish species. MethodX. DOI: 10.1016/j.mex.2018.04.001

Rourke, M.L., Robinson, W., Baumgartner, L.J.,Doyle, J., Growns, I., Thiem, J.D.  (2018) Sequential fishways reconnect a coastal river reflecting restored migratory pathways for an entire fish community. Restoration Ecology. DOI:10.1111/rec.12886

Wright, M.E., Croser, E.L., Raidal, S., Baral, R.M., Robinson, W., Lievaart, J. & Freeman, K.P. (2018) Biological variation of routine haematology and biochemistry measurands in the horse. Equine Veterinary Journal. DOI:10.1111/evj.13017

Burrows, G.E., Alden, R., Robinson, W.A. (2018) The lens in focus – lens structure in seeds of 51 Australian Acacia species and its implications for imbibition and germination. Australian Journal of Botany.

Atkins, Z.S., Clemann, N., Schroder, M., Chapple, D.G., Davis, N.E., Robinson, W.A., &  Robert, K.A. (2018) Consistent temporal variation in the diet of an endangered alpine lizard across two south-eastern Australian sky-islands.  Austral Ecology.

Grieve, B., Baumgartner, L.J., Robinson, W., Silva, L.G.M., Pomorin, K., Thorncraft, G., Ning, N. (2018) Evaluating the placement of PIT tags in tropical river fishes: a case study involving two Mekong River species. Fisheries Research 200: 43-48

Millar, J., Robinson, W., Baumgartner, L.J., Chittavong, M., Phommavong, T., Singhanouvong, D. (2018) Local perceptions of changes in the use and management of floodplain fisheries commons: the case of Pak Peung wetland in Lao PDR. Journal of Environment, Development and Sustainability. 1-19;

Olivier, M., Wilson, B.P., Robinson, W., Howard, J.L. (2018) Correlating localisation and sustainability and exploring the causality of the relationship. Ecological Economics 146:749-765 DOI 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2017.11.035

Millar, J., Robinson, W., Baumgartner, L., Homsombath, K., Chittavong, M., Phommavong, T., Singhanouvong, D., (2018) Local perceptions of changes in the use and management of floodplain fisheries commons: the case of Pak Peung wetland in Lao PDR.  Environment, Development and Sustainability 1-19

Green, K., Davis, N.E., & Robinson, W. A. (2017) Diet of two fossorial herbivores in a seasonally snow-covered environment. Australian Mammalogy, 39, 169–177.

Palfi, Z., Spooner, P., Robinson, W. (2017) Seed Dispersal Distances by Ants Increase in Response to Anthropogenic Disturbances in Australian Roadside Environments. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 5. DOI: 0.3389/fevo.2017.00132.

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.

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.

Buss, D.F.,  Carlisle, D.M.,   Chon, T.S., Culp, J.,  Harding, J.S., Keizer-Vlek, H.E., Robinson, W.A. Strachan, S.,  Thirion, C., Hughes, R.M.  (2015) Stream biomonitoring using macroinvertebrates around the globe: a comparison of large-scale programs. Environmental  Monitiroing and Assessment.  187:4132. DOI 10.1007/s10661-014-4132-8

K. Green, N.E. Davis, & Robinson, W.A. (2014) Does the diet of macropods constrain occupation of high altitudes: a comparison of Macropus rufogriseus and Wallabia bicolor. Australian Mammalogy.

McDonald, K., Burnett, & Robinson, W.. (2014) Utility of owl pellets for monitoring threatened mammal communities: an Australian case study. Wildlife Research (in press) DOI 10.1071/WR13041.

Green, K.,  Davis, N. E. & Robinson, W. A., McAuliffe, J. & Good, R. B. (2013) Diet selection by European hares (Lepus europaeus) in the alpine zone of the Snowy Mountains, Australia. European Journal of Wildlife Research (2013) 59:693–703 DOI 10.1007/s10344-013-0723-x

Baumgartner, LJ., Conallin, J., Wooden, I, Campbell, B, Gee, R and Robinson, W. (2013) Linking biological needs with hydrology to develop environmental flow requirements for freshwater fish in riverine systems. Fish and Fisheries. DOI: 10.1111/faf.12023

Book Chapters

Lintermans, M. and Robinson, W. (2018) The extent and adequacy of monitoring for Australian threatened freshwater fish species. In; Legge,S., Lindenmayer, D.,  Robinson, N.,  Scheele, B., Southwell, D., &  Wintle, B.  (eds). Monitoring Threatened Species and Ecological Communities, CSIRO publishing.


Robinson, W. A. (2017) Setting refined waterbird LAC for the Coorong, Lakes Alexandrina and Albert Ramsar site. Technical Report to DEWNR. November 2017.

Conference Papers

Robinson, W. (2016) Fixed sites and monitoring/bioassessment bias in ephemeral systems. Presented at Society for Freshwater Science Annual Meeting, May 21-25, Sacremento, California, USA

Robinson, W. A & Luck, G.W  (2016)  Application of a multi-level occupancy model with covariates to urban birds in South-Eastern Australia. Presented at the International Statistical Ecology Conference 2016, June 28-July 1, Seattle, Washington, USA

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.)

Current Projects

Koondrook-Perricoota Forest Condition Monitoring Review. (2016) Robinson, W. Forestry Corporation of NSW, $5500

Quantifying improved fisheries productivity at fish passage rehabilitation sites in Lao PDR. Baumgartner,L., Robinson,W.,  McPherson,J.  with Thorncraft,G. (National University of Laos), Phonekhampheng,O. (National University of Laos),  Singhanouvong,D. (Living Aquatic Resources Research Centre) and Cooper,B. (UniSA) (2016-2020) ACIAR, $1,795,224 Project details

TLM Stand Condition Change Assessment Methodology. (2016) Robinson, W. MDBA, $5750Completed Projects

Living Murray Condition Monitoring Refinement Project, Robinson.,W. (2014-2015) MDBA, $20,364

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).