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Dr Damien Burrows

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Director of TropWATER and Team Leader of the Freshwater Ecology Group

Email: Damien.Burrows@jcu.edu.au
Phone: +61 7 4781 4262
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Damien Burrows is the founding Director of TropWATER.  Previously, he was Director of the Australian Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research (ACTFR).  He is a Senior Research Scientist specialising in freshwater, estuarine and coastal aquatic ecosystems and catchment management. He has BSc and PhD degrees from James Cook University. Damien has 22 years research experience in the tropics. He majored in Zoology and Marine Biology for his degree. Damien’s PhD studies focused on mangrove ecology and he has spent most of his professional life studying freshwater ecosystems.  His professional experience began conducting research into the plants and insect faunas of aquatic systems and forested freshwater wetlands, particularly mangroves. His subsequent experience has been more varied in the ecology of wetlands, water quality, biological control of weeds, the ecology of fish and invertebrates, grazing management in riparian ecosystems, wetland management in cropping catchments, planning for water resource developments, fisheries management, catchment planning and management.  He has recently focused on developing the coastal ecosystems side of TropWATER, especially mangrove, seagrass and estuarine habitats.

Recent projects

 

  • Fish biodiversity of northern Australia
  • Pest fish management and control
  • Wetland restoration projects in the Burdekin catchment
  • Water quality and aquatic habitat assessment of the Northern Gulf of Carpentaria
  • Assessment and analysis of development of Australia's tropical rivers
  • Managing for riparian health in Australia's tropical savannas
  • Historical landscape change
  • Tolerance of fishes to low dissolved oxygen
  • Improved usage of dissolved oxygen guidelines in water monitoring programs

 

Full list of publications on ResearchOnline@JCU

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ACTFR

After 25 years of successful operation,  the ACTFR has now partnered with other researchers and academic groups within JCU to form TropWATER.  The ACTFR name is no longer in official use but its legacy continues within TropWATER and its new partners