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Paul Close

Dr Paul Close

Business Manager/Lecturer
Natural Resource Management, Centre of Excellence in

Contact details
Address
Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management
The University of Western Australia (M701)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Australia
Phone
+61 8 9842 0833
Fax
+61 8 9842 0878
Email
paul.close@uwa.edu.au / Admin Enquiries
Qualifications
BSc ANU, PhD W.Aust.
Biography
My research interests focus on tropical-temperate estuarine and freshwater fish ecology, and more particularly, habitat and hydrological requirements of native fishes. My research has addressed the role of aquatic habitats in structuring fish communities and the effect of threatening processes on fish populations including alterations to natural hydrological regimes, increased salinity and degradation of structural in-stream habitats. Throughout my research, I have maintained an interest in both adult and larval/juvenile stage ecology. I have knowledge of fish ecology and aquatic ecosystems across a variety of regions and landscapes including urbanised waterways, alpine streams and large lowland rivers of southeastern Australia, streams and floodplain rivers of tropical northeastern Australia, floodplain rivers and wetlands of the Kimberley region and waterways and estuaries in southwestern Australia. I coordinate and contribute guest lectures to a variety of undergraduate units and am actively involved in the supervision of honours, masters and PhD students.
Key research
Freshwater and estuarine fish ecology
Larval fish ecology
River health and environmental flows
Environmental monitoring and assessment (aquatic)
Degradation processes (aquatic)
Publications
MANUSCRIPTS IN PREPARATION (% COMPLETE)

Long M, Close P G, Beesley L, Koster W (in prep 90%). Tandanus bostocki (Teleosti: Plotosidae) move further and maintain a larger range on elevated flow.

Walker M, Dobbs R J, Close P G, Pettit N E, Davies C, Pusey B J (in prep 65%). Methods for documenting Indigenous knowledge to inform aquatic ecosystem management: benefits, limitations and implications for management.

Close P G, Tunbridge D T, Lester R, Hamilton B, Davies P M & Fairweather P (in prep 70%). Salinity related movements of Black Bream (Acanthopagrus butcheri) in a hypersaline lagoon, south western Australia.

Close P G, Beatty S J, Allen M G, Morgan D L & Lawrence C (in prep). Population status of a disjunct population of Galaxias truttaceus (Valenciennes, 1846) in the Kent River, south-western Australia.

Close P G, Paterson H, Maughan J, Beatty S J, Allen M G, Morgan D L & Lawrence C (in prep). Reproductive phenology and critical spawning habitats of Galaxias truttaceus (Valenciennes, 1846) in south-western Australia.

Close P G, Morgan D L, Beatty S J, Allen M G & Lawrence C (in prep). Recruitment dynamics of semi-diadromous Galaxias truttaceus Valenciennes, 1846, via upstream migration of juvenile stages.

Close P G, Morgan D L, Beatty S J, Allen M G & Lawrence C (in prep). Downstream drift of larval of Galaxias truttaceus Valenciennes, 1846, in the vicinity of a low-head weir and associated fishway in Western Australia.

MANUSCRIPTS SUBMITTED

Rowland F J, Close P G, Beatty S J, Gill H S, Berkelaar J & Morgan D L (in review). Larval development of trout minnow Galaxias truttaceus (Valenciennes 1846) from Western Australia, with observations of a distinct ontogenetic shift in diet. Ecology of Freshwater Fish.

Middleton J, Beesley L, Gwinn D C, Close P C, Quinton B, Storer T & Davies P M (in review). Urban streams in a flat sandy landscape: the need to manage multiple ecosystem components. Freshwater Science.

Beesley L, Petit N, Naiman R, Breen P, Close P, Nanda A & Davies P (in revision). Restoring urban freshwaters: a framework for identifying and protecting the species important for ecosystem function.

PUBLISHED AND PEER REVIEWED PAPERS, BOOK CHAPTERS, REPORTS AND ABSTRACTS (since 2000)

Morgan D L, Beatty S J, Close P G, Allen M G, Unmack P J, Hammer M P & Mark Adams M (Accepted). Resolving the taxonomy, range and ecology of biogeographically isolated and critically endangered populations of an Australian freshwater galaxiid, Galaxias truttaceus. Pacific Conservation Biology.

Pettit N E, Warfe D M, Close P G, Pusey B J, Dobbs R J, Davies C, Valdez D & Davies P M (online early). Carbon sources for aquatic food webs of riverine and lacustrine tropical waterholes of variable persistence. Marine and Freshwater Research.

Dobbs R J, Davies C L, Walker M, Pettit N E, Pusey B J, Close P G, Akune Y, Walsham N, Smith B, Wiggan A, Cox P, Ward D P, Tingle F, Kennett R, Jackson M V & Davies P M (on line early). Collaborative research partnerships inform monitoring and management of freshwater habitats by traditional custodians. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries. online early.DOI: 10.1007/s11160-015-9401-2

Gwinn D, Beesley L, Close P G, Gawne B & Davies P M (online early). Imperfect detection and the determination of environmental flows for fish: challenges, implications and solutions. Freshwater Biology. doi:10.1111/fwb.12684

Maughan J & Close P G (2015). Field guide to the Aquatic Macroinvertebrates of the South Coast of Western Australia. Prepared for South Coast Natural Resource Management Inc.

Pettit N E, Naiman R, Fry J, Roberts J D, Close P G, Pusey B J, Woodall G, MacGregor C, Speldewinde P C, Stewart B A, Dobbs R, Paterson H, Cook P, Toussaint S, Comer S & Davies P M (2015). Environmental Change: Prospects for Conservation and Agriculture in a Southwest Australia Biodiversity Hotspot. Ecology and Society 20 (3): 10. [online] URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-07727-200310

Close P G, Dobbs R J, Ryan T J, Ryan K, Speldewinde P C & Toussaint S (2014). Prediction of potentially significant fish harvest using metrics of accessibility in northern Western Australia. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia, 97(2): 355–361, 2014

Lester R, Close P G, Barton J, & Pope A (2014). Predicting the likely response of data-poor ecosystems to climate change using space-for-time substitution across domains. Global Change Biology, 20(11): 3471–3481. doi: 10.1111/gcb.12634

Close P G, Ryan T J, Morgan D L, Beatty S J & Lawrence C (2014). First record of ‘climbing’ and ‘jumping’ by juvenile Galaxias truttaceus (Valenciennes, 1846) from south-western Australia. Australian Journal of Zoology, 62(2) 175-179. doi: 10.1071/ZO14004

Close P G, Dobbs R J, Tunbridge D T, Warfe D, Speldewinde P, Davies P M & Toussaint S (2014) Abundance of recreational and culturally important fish reduced by fishing pressure in a tropical Australian river. Marine and Freshwater Research 65(5): 466-474. doi: 10.1071/MF13042

Speldewinde P, Close P G, Weybury M & Comer S (2013). Habitat preference of Hydromys chrysogaster, in a coastal wetland and stream, Two Peoples Bay, south-western Australia. Australian Mamology, 35(2): 188-194 DOI: 10.1071/AM12001

Stewart B A, Close P G, Cook P A & Davies P M (2013). Upper thermal tolerance of key taxonomic groups of stream invertebrates. Hydrobiologia, 718:131–140. DOI: 10.1007/s10750-013-1611-9.

Beatty S, Morgan D, Keleher J, Lymbery A, Close P, Speldewinde P, Storer T, White G, Galvin L, O'Neill K, Nice H, Norton S, Kitsios A & Looij E v (2013). Environmental variables in the habitats of south-western Australian freshwater fishes: an approach for setting threshold indicator value. Supporting document 4 for the NCCARF project - Adapting to climate change: a risk assessment and decision making framework for managing groundwater dependent ecosystems with declining water levels, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Canberra, Australia.

Chambers J, Nugent G, Sommer B, Speldewinde P, Neville S, Beatty S, Chilcott S, Eberhard S, Mitchell N, D’Souza F, Barron O, McFarlane D, Braimbridge M, Robson B, Close P, Morgan D, Pinder A, Froend R, Horwitz P, Cook B & Davies P (2013). Adapting to climate change: A risk assessment and decision making framework for managing groundwater dependent ecosystems with declining water levels. Guidelines for use. National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Gold Coast, 59 pp. ISBN: 978-1-925039-23-8.

Robson B J, Chester E T, Allen M, Beatty S, Chambers J M, Close P, Cook B, Cummings C R, Davies P M, Lester R, Lymbery A, Matthews T G, Morgan D & Stock M (2013). Novel methods for managing freshwater refuges against climate change in southern Australia. National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Gold Coast, 59 pp. ISBN: 978-1-925039-50-4

Chambers J, Nugent G, Sommer B, Speldewinde P, Neville S, Beatty S, Chilcott S, Eberhard S, Mitchell N, D’Souza F, Barron O, McFarlane D, Braimbridge M, Robson B, Close P, Morgan D, Pinder A, Froend R, Horwitz P, Cook B, Davies P (2013). Adapting to climate change: a risk assessment and decision making framework for managing groundwater dependent ecosystems with declining water levels. Development and case studies. National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Gold Coast. ISBN: 978-1-925039-22-1

Cook B A, Close P G, Stock M, Davies P M (2013) Novel methods for managing freshwater refuges against climate change in southern Australia: Riparian replanting for temperature control in streams. National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Gold Coast, 37 pp. ISBN: 978-1-925039-52-8

Davies P M & Close P G (2012). Freshwater Fish in southwestern Australia. RipRap.
Dobbs R, Cossart R, Close P & Davies P (2012). Strengthening scientific research and management across northern Australia through Indigenous rangers and community collaboration. Proceedings of the Australian Rangelands Society: “Celebrating diversity, people, place and purpose". September 2012, Kununurra, Western Australia.

Pusey B, Warfe D, Townsend S, Douglas M, Burrows D, Kennard M & Close P (2011). Condition, impacts and threats to aquatic biodiversity. In B Pusey (ed) Aquatic biodiversity of the Wet-Dry Topics of Northern Australia: patterns, impacts and future. Charles Darwin University Press. 231 pp.

Zhao W, Wang H, Wang H & Close P G (2011). Macroinvertebrates in the bed sediment of the Yellow River. International Journal of Sediment Research, 26(3): 255-268. doi: 10.1016/S1001-6279(11)60092-9

Smith K A, Hammond M & Close P G (2010). A mass stranding of elongate sunfish (Ranzania laevis) (Pisces: Molidae) on the southern coast of Western Australia. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia, 93: 181–188, 2010

Close P G, Davies P M & Trayler K (2010). Recruitment and growth of two small-bodied resident fish species (Gobiidae and Atherinidae) in oligohaline, seasonally open lagoons. Journal of Fish Biology 76, 1431–1453. doi: 10.1111/j.1095-8649.2010.02573.x

Close P G & Gouws G (2007). Allozyme markers identify cryptic larvae of four gobies (Pisces: Gobiidae) occurring sympatrically in south-western Australian coastal lagoons. Journal of Fish Biology, 71 (Supp. B), 288-293.

Smith K A Close P G & Ireland S (2005). Fish, Flows and the future for our South Coast Estuaries. Western Fisheries. September 2005.

Close P G Pusey B J & Arthington A H (2005). Larval description of the sympatric species, Craterocephalus stercusmuscarum stercusmuscarum (Pisces: Atherinidae) and Mogurnda adspersa (Pisces: Eleotridae) from tropical streams of northeast Queensland, Australia. Journal of Fish Biology 66, 1-17.

Close P G (2002). The fish of Kororoit Creek: stressed relics and city slickers. Victorian Naturalist 119:4-13.

Pusey B J, Close P G & Arthington A H (2002). Larval fishes of north-eastern Australian rainforest streams: patterns of abundance and microhabitat use. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland 110, 27-46.

Close P G, Aland G, Tennant W & Sheed J (2001). Providing fish passage in stream rehabilitation projects: a case study from the Broken River, Victoria. In Keller R J & Peterken C (Eds.) Proceedings of the Third Australian Technical Workshop on Fishways. 30th August- 1 September 2001. Sunshine Coast, Queensland. Monash Print Services. pp. 189-197.

Close P G, Barlow C G & Rodgers L J (2001). Early ontogeny of coal grunter from hormone induced spawnings and laboratory reared embryos and larvae. Journal of Fish Biology 58: 928-942.

Pusey B J, Arthington A H, Bird JR & Close P G (2001). Reproduction in three species of rainbowfish (Melanotaeniidae) from rainforest streams in northern Queensland, Australia. Ecology of Freshwater Fish. 10, 75-87.

UNPUBLISHED REPORTS (since 2010)

Beatty, S., Close, P., Morgan, D., Allen, M., & Lawrence, C. (2015). Conserving freshwater fish in south-west Western Australia: A summary of distribution, migration, critical habitats and threats to the region’s most endangered freshwater fishes. A report for the State Natural Resource Management Office, Western Australia. Project No. 12035

Maughan J & Close P G (2015). Snap-shot survey of fish populations in Cuppup Creek, Western Australia. Summary report prepared for the Western Australia Department of Water (Albany) by the Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management, The University of Western Australia. CENRM report 137.

Close P G, Ford B, Maughan J & Ryan T (2014). Evaluation of Environmental Water Releases on the Aquatic Fauna of the Helena River (SRT6710042013) - Aquatic Fauna Surveys of Spring 2013 and Summer 2014. Technical report prepared for the Swan River trust by the Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management, University of Western Australia. CENRM report 136. 53 p.

Ryan T J, Close P G & McGuckin J (2014). Fish monitoring in the Glenelg River, VEFMAP and carp monitoring 2012-2013. Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority.

Dobbs R J, Tingle F, Everitt C, Olawsky K J & Close P G (2013). Miriwoong and Gajirrabeng Indigenous Ecological Knowledge: Opportunities for Knowledge Transfer to Land Management. CENRM report 134

Dobbs R J, Tingle F & Close P G (2013). Waterways Education Program, Summary report - Gooniyandi Rangers, CENRM report 134.

Dobbs R J, Tingle F & Close P G (2013). Waterways Education Program, Summary report- Yawuru Rangers, CENRM report 133.

Dobbs R J, Tingle F & Close P G (2013). Waterways Education Program, Summary report- Karajarri Rangers, CENRM report 132.

Dobbs R J, Tingle F & Close P G (2013). Review of hydrology and weeds in Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve, north-western Australia. Report to Department of Environment and Conservation, Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management, The University of Western Australia CENRM report 129/12. 35pp

Close P G, Dobbs R J & Davies P M (2012). Summary Report – Assessment of the likely impacts of development and climate change on aquatic ecological assets in Northern Australia. A report for the National Water Commission, Australia. Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge (TRaCK) Commonwealth Environmental research Facility, Charles Darwin University, Darwin.

Close P G, Wallace J, Bayliss P, Bartolo R, Burrows D, Pusey B J, Robinson C J, McJannet D, Karim F, Byrne G, Marvanek S, Turnadge C, Harrington G, Petheram C, Dutra L, Dobbs R, Pettit N, Jankowski A, Wallington T, Kroon F, Schmidt D, Buttler B, Stock M, Veld A, Speldewinde P, Cook B A, Cook B, Douglas M, Setterfield S, Kennard M, Davies P, Hughes J, Cossart R, Conolly N & Townsend S (2012). Assessment of the likely impacts of development and climate change on aquatic ecological assets in Northern Australia. A report for the National Water Commission, Australia. Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge (TRaCK) Commonwealth Environmental Research Facility, Charles Darwin University, Darwin. ISBN: 978-1-921576-66-9. 561pp

Bond N, Liu W, Weng S, Speed R, Gippel C, Catford J, Bunn S & Close P (2011). ACEDP Sub-Program Report: Assessment of River Health in the Pearl River Basin (Gui Sub-Catchment), China. Australia-China Environment Development Partnership River Health and Environmental Flow in China Project Code: P0018, July 2011

Gippel C. J, Jiang X, Cooling M, Kerr G, Close P, Jin S, Li L, Wang L, Sun Y & Shang H (2011). Environmental flows assessment for the Lower Yellow River: site, assets, issues and objectives. ACEDP Technical Report 6. Australia China Environment Development Partnership, River Health and Environmental Flow in China. Yellow River Conservancy Commission, Ministry of Water Resources and the International Water Centre, Brisbane, September. 207 pp

Gippel C J, Jiang X, Zhang D, Cooling M, Kerr G, Close P, Jin S, Li L, Wang L, Sun Y & Shang H. (2011). Environmental flows assessment for the Lower Yellow River: ecohydraulic modelling and flow recommendations. ACEDP Technical Report 7. Australia China Environment Development Partnership, River Health and Environmental Flow in China. Yellow River Conservancy Commission, Ministry of Water Resources and the International Water Centre, Brisbane, September. 29 pp

Leigh C, Xiaodong Q Yuan Z, Hannington P, Gippel C, Catford J, Close P, Bunn S & Speed R (2011). ACEDP Project Report: Assessment of River Health in the Liao River Basin (Taizi Sub-Catchment). Prepared by the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Science and the International Water Centre. Australia-China Environment Development Partnership. River Health and Environmental Flow in China, Project Code: P0018. 103 pp.

Close P G, Cossart R, Pettit N & Kennard M (2010). Fine Scale Assessment of High Value Aquatic Ecosystems in the Upper Fitzroy and Mitchell River Catchments of the Kimberley Region of Northern Australia. Summary of Workshop held in Kununurra (WA), 11-12 November 2010.

Pettit N, Close P G & Kennard M (2010). Fine Scale Assessment of High Value Aquatic Ecosystems and Ecological Thresholds in the Daly River, Northern Australia. Summary of Workshop held at Charles Darwin University, Darwin, 16th September 2010.

Dixon I, Dobbs R, Townsend S, Close P, Ligtermoet E, Dostine P, Duncan R, Kennard M & Tunbridge D (2010). Field Trial of the Framework for the Assessment of River and Wetland Health (FARWH) in the Wet/Dry Tropics: Daly River and Fitzroy River Catchments. Unpublished report prepared for the National Water Commission. Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge Consortium. Charles Darwin University, Darwin. 286pp

Roles, responsibilities and expertise
ROLES

RESEARCH: Research Leader - Fish Ecology Research and Monitoring Group
TEACHING: Honours Coordinator and Lecturer in undergraduate units
ADMINISTRATION: Acting Centre Deputy Director and Business Manager

EXPERTISE

Aquatic biodiversity monitoring and assessment
Fish ecology, taxonomy, biology
Fish sampling including electrofishing techniques and acoustic telemetry
Estuarine and freshwater ecology
Environmental water requirements
Larval fish ecology
Funding received
CURRENT

2016:Southern Ports Authority, Close PG & Paterson H, $5900: Regional seagull population census. Southern Ports Authority – Port of Albany Corporate sponsorship.

2016Close P G, Dobbs R, Tingle F, Pettit N E, $80,000: Western Australian Marine Science Institute - WAMSI II Science Project Plan Kimberley Node Project 1.5: Indigenous Ecological Knowledge Program.
2015: Maughan J & Close P G, $6,535: Field identification guide to the aquatic macroinvertebrates of the South Coast region, Western Australia. South Coast Natural Resource Management Inc, 2015.

PAST

2012-15: WA Fisheries, Murdoch University, University of Western Australia (P G Close), South Coast NRM, Department of Water, $850,000; Conserving freshwater fish in south west Western Australia. Western Australian State Natural Resource Management Program.

2014: Bush A, Quincey D, Close P G, Pettit N E & Brisbois A, $15,000: Himalayan Climate Change: Debris Covered Glacier Response, Water Availability, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Response. World Universities Network Research Development Fund, 2014.

2014: Close P G, $4,932; Fish survey of Cuppup Drain. Western Australian Department of Water (Albany).

2013-14: Paterson H & Close P G, $30,090; Initial hydrodynamic assessment of water currents and sediment loads in and near the Emu Point Channel. City of Albany, Western Australia.

2013-14: Lester R, Barton J, Pope A & Close P, $30,000; Modelling without data: a methodological platform to predict climate change in data-poor ecosystems. Deakin University, Faculty of Science Engineering and Built Environment CRGS Funding, Warnnambool, Victoria.

2013-14: Kennard M, Close P G, & Pettit N E, $75,000; Planning for Climate Change, Northern Monsoon Cluster: Project 4 – Vulnerability and risk assessment of northern Australian catchments and biodiversity. Australian Government Department of Environment - Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, Canberra.

2013: Close P G & Davies P M, $30,000; Evaluation of environmental water releases on the aquatic fauna of the Helena River 2013-14. Swan River Trust, Perth Western Australia.

2013: Environous, Close P G & McGuckin J, $83,000; Fish monitoring in the Glenelg River, VEFMAP and carp monitoring 2012-2013. Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority, Victoria.

2012: Dobbs R J & Close P G, $19,640; Hydrology study and weed mapping project for the Parry Lagoon Nature Reserve Weeds Program. Rangelands Natural Resource Management Inc, Western Australia.

2011: Murdoch University, The University of Western Australia (P G Close et al.), Deakin University, $340,735; Novel methods for managing freshwater refuges against climate change in southern Australia. National Climate Change Adaption Research Facility, Canberra.

2011: Murdoch University, Cook, B.A. Close P.G, Davies P M, Speldewinde P, Edith Cowan University, Department of Water, Department of Environment and Conservation et al. $545,114; Ecosystem responses to climate change: a risk assessment and decision framework for managing groundwater dependent ecosystems. National Climate Change Adaption Research Facility, Canberra.

2011: Dobbs R J, Close P G & Department of Water (Kununurra) $20,000; Parry Lagoons Weed Program – hydrological influence on the distribution and dispersal of priority weeds. Natural Resource Management Inc, Western Australia.

2010-12: Davies P M & Close P G, $1,200,000; Northern Australia Water Futures Assessment: Assessing the ecological impacts of climate change and development across northern Australia. National Water Commission, Canberra.

2011: Dobbs R J, Cossart R & Close P G, $11,400; Development of a monitoring program for lake Gregory, Paruku, Kimberley. Kimberley Land Council, Broome, Western Australia.

2010: Close P G & Dobbs R J, $12,000; Development of a training package for the National Water Commission project: Framework for the Assessment of River and Wetland health. Canberra University, Canberra.

2010: Close P G, Pettit N & Dobbs R J, $60,000; Northern Australia Water Futures Assessment – high conservation value aquatic ecosystems: final scale assessment of ecological assets in the Fitzroy River (Northern Western Australia) and Daly River catchments. TRaCK – Griffith University, Queensland.

2008: Close P G, Cook B A, Tunbridge D J & Speldewinde P, $32,000; UWA research equipment funds. The University of Western Australia, Western Australia.

2008: Macgregor C, Close P G, Davies P M & Speldewinde P, $65,359; River action planning in the Upper Collie River in the South West of WA. Western Australian Department of Water, Perth, Western Australia.

2006: Davies P M & Close P G, $100,000; Movement and recruitment dynamics of Black Bream in hypersaline estuaries. Jack Family Charitable Trust, Western Australian Departments of Water and Fisheries.

2005: Close P G & Davies, P.M, $383,669; Environmental Water Requirements in the South Coast Region. Western Australian Department of Water, Perth.

2005: Close P G & Davies P M $7,500; A Review of approaches to establishing ecological water requirements for the Hill and Moore River estuaries. Waters & Rivers Commission, Perth, Western Australia.

2003: Cook, B.A. & Close P G, $4,300; Biodiversity monitoring and assessment in Angove Creek. Water Corporation, Western Australia.
Memberships
Estuarine Research Federation
Australian Society of Fish Biology
Australian Society for Limnology
River Basin Management Society

South Coast NRM Water and Marine Reference Group
Albany Port Authority Dredging Reference Group
Teaching
UNDERGRADUATE

Coordinator - 2013-current: Honours coordinator (Albany).
Lecturer - 2012-current: Dreaming and Darwin. 1st year 6pt unit
Coordinator - 2009-2012: Waterway Restoration and Conservation. Third year 6pt unit.
Lecturer - 2009-2013: International Water Centre
Lecturer - 2009-current: Ecological Field Methods. 3rd year 6pt unit.
Lecturer - 2005-2012: Waterway Restoration and Conservation. 3rd year 6pt unit.


CURRENT/PREVIOUS SUPERVISION

PHD: Michelle Walker (Australian Postgraduate Award 2012). Exploring fresh water on the Dampier Peninsula: cultural values, perceptions of change and measuring health. Co-supervised with Clifton, J., Toussaint, S. and Dobbs, R. School of Earth and Environment, The University of Western Australia.

PHD: Justin Benson (Australian Postgraduate Award 2016). Role of freshwater mussels in the ecology and functionality of refugial river pools. Co-supervised with B Cook and A Lymbery. Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management, The University of Western Australia.

PHD: Tom Ryan: Impacts of changing thermal regimes on native freshwater fish biology. Co-supervised with D Morgan & S Beatty. School of Veterinary and Life Sciences, Murdoch University.

Hons: Michael Moroz (Current): Movement dynamics of freshwater cobbler Tandanus bostocki in a regulated river. Honours Thesis co-supervised with L Beesley. Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management, The University of Western Australia.

Hons: Nathan Beerkens (Current): Is habitat use and physiology of black bream Acanthopargus butcheri related. Honours Thesis co-supervised with S Beatty & A Gleiss (Murdoch University). Freshwater Fish Group and Fish Health Unit, Murdoch University

Hons: Matt Long (2015): Habitat requirements and movement dynamics of freshwater cobbler in the Canning River. Honours Thesis co-supervised with L Beesley. Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management, The University of Western Australia. Mark 1A

Hons: Jen Middleton (2015): Urban waterway health: identifying key stressors in a flat sandy landscape. Honours Thesis co-supervised with L Beesley & J Prince. Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management, The University of Western Australia. Mark 1A

Hons: Matt Claughton (2013): Phosphorus requirements of ryegrass and clover on two soil types typical of the Great Southern region. Honours Thesis co-supervised with D Weaver. Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management, The University of Western Australia. Mark: 2A

Hons: Dan Willans (2013): Tidal currents and stratigraphic evidence of altered currents through an artificial estuary channel. Honours Thesis co-supervised with H Paterson. Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management, The University of Western Australia. Mark: 2A

Hons: Kate McElligot (2012): Downstream fate of fish larvae drifting over a weir and through a fishway in southwestern Australia. Exchange Student Project (Cardiff University). Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management, The University of Western Australia. Mark 77% (2A equivalent)

Hons: Melissa Weybury (2010): Hydromys chrysogaster in Two Peoples Bay, Albany: Preference for densely vegetated wetlands and shallow water bodies. Honours Thesis co-supervised with P Speldewinde. Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management, The University of Western Australia. Mark: 2A
Current external positions
2014-current: Environmental Report Card Subcommittee, South Coast Natural Resource Management
2010-current: Water and Marine Reference Group, South Coast Natural Resource Management
Current projects
Co-investigator: Planning for Climate Change, Northern Monsoon Cluster: Project 4 – Vulnerability and risk assessment of northern Australian catchments and biodiversity, 2013-current. Australian Government Department of Environment - Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.

Co-investigator: Initial hydrodynamic assessment of water currents and sediment loads in and near the Emu Point Channel, 2013-current. City of Albany

Co-investigator: Modelling without data: a methodological platform to predict climate change in data-poor ecosystems. DEAKIN UNIVERSITY FACULTY OF SCIENCE ENGINEERING AND BUILT ENVIRONMENT CRGS funding 2013 - 14

Co-investigator: National Environmental Research Program. 2013-Current.

Co-investigator: Waterway Education Program – various deliveries of an education program to Indigenous communities of the Kimberley focused on monitoring river and wetland health. Working on Country Ranger Program. 2010-Current.

Chief investigator (node leader): Conserving freshwater fish in south west Western Australia. WA State NRM Program. 2012-Current.

Chief investigator: Evaluation of environmental water releases on the aquatic fauna of the Helena River. Completed 2014. Swan River Trust.
Research profile
Research profile and publications
 

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