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Dr Brendan Ebner

Fish Ecologist
Freshwater Ecology Research Group, TropWATER

Email: Brendan.Ebner@csiro.au

Phone: +61 7 4091 8805
Publications

Research Interests

The ecology of aquatic fauna, including freshwater fishes and crustaceans, are of interest to me and where possible I collaborate with people in fieldwork, writing and environmental thinking. My research background reflects moderate expertise in:

  • Society and aquatic ecosystems
  • Conservation of threatened aquatic species
  • Visual techniques for studying aquatic species
  • Developing research techniques (other)
  • Fishes of the Australian Wet Tropics and tropical Pacific Islands
  • Feeding ecology
  • Aquatic biosecurity


I enjoy public speaking and welcome opportunities to interact with others. Post graduate students with interest in rare and elusive freshwater species, science communication and using underwater video should feel free to contact me to discuss possible project ideas. I am especially interested in collaborating with researchers that have a conservation minded ethos. Consequently, I relish the prospect of hearing from those with a biology background or otherwise, such as artists, environmental law specialists or who knows what skills and backgrounds you have. 

Recent Research Projects

  • Visually locating Freshwater and estuarine morays (W V Scott Charitable Trust)
  • Three-dimensional Underwater video (JCU Faculty Grants Scheme)
  • Conservation planning for cling gobies and short-steep-coastal-streams in the Australian Wet Tropics (Queensland Government Everyones Environment Grant)


Recent Publications

  • Beatty, S., Allen, M., Lymbery, A., Morgan, D., Impson, D., Marr, S., Ebner, B., Weyl, O., Jordaan, and M. (2017). Rethinking refuges: implications of climate change for dam busting. Biological Conservation 209,188–195.
  • Beatty, S. J., Allen, M. G., Whitty, J. M., Lymbery, A. J., Keleher, J. J., Tweedley, J. R. Ebner, B. C. and Morgan, D. L. (On-line first). Movement of introduced goldfish Carassius auratus and the implications for control of a globally invasive species. Ecology of Freshwater Fish
  • Cousins, S., Kennard, M. J. and Ebner, B. C. (On-line first). Depth related composition and structuring of tropical riverine fish assemblages revealed by baited video. Marine and Freshwater Research
  • Ebner, B. C. (2017). Growth, maximum daily ration and intraspecific cohabitation of the moray Gymnothorax polyuranodon (Pisces: Muraenidae) in a freshwater aquarium. Cybium 41, 93–99.
  • Ebner, B. C., Donaldson, J. D., Allen, G., and Keith, P. (2017). Testing an underwater video network and first record of Sicyopterus cynocephalus in Australia. Cybium 41, 117–125.
  • Whitty, J. M., Keleher, J., Ebner, B. C., Gleiss, A.C., Simpfendorfer, C. A., & Morgan, D. L.  (Accepted) Habitat use of a Critically Endangered elasmobranch, the largetooth sawfish Pristis pristis, in an intermittent riverine nursery. Endangered Species Research
  • Morgan, D. L., Ebner, B. C., Whitty, J. M., Allen, M. G., Gleiss, A.C. & Beatty, S. J. (Accepted). Habitat use and site fidelity of neonate and juvenile green sawfish Pristis zijsron in a nursery area in Western Australia. Endangered Species Research

Society and aquatic ecosystems

  • Beatty, S., Allen, M., Lymbery, A., Morgan, D., Impson, D., Marr, S., Ebner, B., Weyl, O., Jordaan, and M. (2017). Rethinking refuges: implications of climate change for dam busting. Biological Conservation 209,188–195.
  • Ebner, B.C., Morgan, D.L., Kerezsy, A., Hardie, S., Beatty, S. Seymour, J. Donaldson, J. A., Linke, S., Peverell, S. Roberts, D. Espinoza, T., Marshall, N. Kroon, F. Burrows, D., McAllister, R.R.J. (Early view). Enhancing conservation of Australian freshwater ecosystems: identification of freshwater flagship fishes and relevant target audiences. Fish & Fisheries 17, 1134–1151.
  • Beatty, S. J., Allen, M. G., Whitty, J. M., Lymbery, A. J., Keleher, J. J., Tweedley, J. R. Ebner, B. C. and Morgan, D. L. (In press). Movement of introduced goldfish Carassius auratus and the implications for control of a globally invasive species. Ecology of Freshwater Fish
  • Ebner, B. C. (2006). Murray cod an apex predator in the Murray River, Australia. Ecology of Freshwater Fish, 15, 510–520.


Conservation of threatened aquatic species


Cling gobies

  • Ebner, B. C., Donaldson, J. D., Allen, G., and Keith, P. (2017). Testing an underwater video network and first record of Sicyopterus cynocephalus in Australia. Cybium 41, 117–125.
  • Ebner, B. C., Thuesen, P. A., Larson, H. & Keith, P. (2011). A review of distribution, field observations and precautionary conservation requirements for sicydiine gobies in Australia. Cybium 35, 397–414.

 

Sawfishes

  • Whitty, J. M., Keleher, J., Ebner, B. C., Gleiss, A.C., Simpfendorfer, C. A., & Morgan, D. L.  (Accepted) Habitat use of a Critically Endangered elasmobranch, the largetooth sawfish Pristis pristis, in an intermittent riverine nursery. Endangered Species Research
  • Morgan, D. L., Ebner, B. C., Whitty, J. M., Allen, M. G., Gleiss, A.C. & Beatty, S. J. (Accepted). Habitat use and site fidelity of neonate and juvenile green sawfish Pristis zijsron in a nursery area in Western Australia. Endangered Species Research
  • Morgan, D. L., Wueringer, B. E., Allen, M. G., Ebner, B. C., Whitty, J. M., Gleiss, A.C. and Beatty, S. J. (2016). What is the fate of amputee Sawfish? Fisheries 41, 71–73.
  • Morgan, D.L., Allen, M. G., Ebner, B.C., Whitty, J. M. & Beatty, S.J. (2015). Discovery of a pupping site and nursery for critically endangered green sawfish Pristis zijsronJournal of Fish Biology 86, 1658–1663.

Murray-Darling Basin fishes

  • Farrington, L. W., Mark Lintermans. M., & Ebner, B. C. (2014). Characterising genetic diversity and effective population size in one reservoir and two riverine populations of the threatened Macquarie Perch. Conservation Genetics 15, 707–716.
  • Thiem, J. D., Broadhurst, B. T., Lintermans, M., Ebner, B. C., Clear, R. C., & Wright, D. (2013). Seasonal differences in the diel movements of Macquarie perch (Macquaria australasica) in an upland reservoir. Ecology of Freshwater Fish 22, 145–156.
  • Broadhurst, B. T., Lintermans, M., Thiem, J. D., Ebner, B. C., Wright, D. W., & Clear, R. (2012). Spatial ecology and habitat use of two-spined blackfish Gadopsis bispinosus in an upland reservoir. Aquatic Ecology 46, 297–309.
  • Ebner, B.C., & Thiem, J.D. (2009). Monitoring by telemetry reveals differences in movement and survival following hatchery or wild-rearing of an endangered fish. Marine and Freshwater Research 60, 45–57.
  • Ebner, B., Johnston, L., Lintermans, M. (2009). Radio-tagging and tracking of translocated trout cod (Maccullochella macquariensis: Percichthyidae) in an upland river. Marine and Freshwater Research 60, 346–355.
  • Ebner, B., Raadik, T., & Ivantsoff, W. (2003). Threatened fishes of the world: Craterocephalus fluviatilis McCulloch, 1913 (Atherinidae). Enviromental Biology of Fishes, 68, 390.


Visual techniques for studying aquatic species

  • Cousins, S., Kennard, M. J. and Ebner, B. C. (On-line first). Depth related composition and structuring of tropical riverine fish assemblages revealed by baited video. Marine and Freshwater Research
  • Ebner, B. C., Donaldson, J. D., Allen, G., and Keith, P. (2017). Testing an underwater video network and first record of Sicyopterus cynocephalus in Australia. Cybium 41, 117–125.
  • Ebner, B. C., Fulton, C. J., Donaldson, J. A., Cousins, S., Mecynecke, J-O., Schaffer J. & Kennard, M. J. (2015). Filming and Snorkelling as Mobile Visual Techniques to Survey Tropical Rainforest Stream Fauna. Marine and Freshwater Research 66, 120–126.
  • Starrs, D., Ebner, B. C., & Fulton, C. J. (2015). Ceasefire: minimal aggression among Murray River crayfish feeding on patches of allochthonous material. Australian Journal of Zoology 63, 115–121.
  • Ebner, B. C., Starrs, D. Morgan, D. L., Fulton, C. J. Donaldson, J. A., Doody, S., Cousins, S., Kennard, M., Butler, G., Tonkin, Z., Beatty, S., Broadhurst, B., Clear, R. & Fletcher, C. (2014). The emergence of underwater video for field based study of freshwater fish and crustacean ecology in Australia. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia 97, 287–296.
  • Donaldson, J. A., Ebner, B. C. & Fulton, C. J. (2013). Flow velocity underpins microhabitat selectivity in amphidromous gobies of the Australian Wet Tropics. Freshwater Biology 58, 1038–1051
  • Ryan, K., Lintermans, M., Ebner, B. C., & Norris, R.H. (2013). Using fine-scale overlap in predator-prey distribution to assess risk to a reservoir population of threatened Macquarie perch. Freshwater Science 32, 1057–1072.
  • Fulton, C. J, Starrs, D., Ruibal, M. P. & Ebner, B. C. (2012). Counting crayfish: active searching and baited cameras trump conventional hoop netting in detecting Euastacus armatus. Endangered Species Research 19, 39–45.
  • Broadhurst, B. T., Dyer J. G., Ebner B. C., Thiem, J. D., & Pridmore P. A. (2011). Response of two-spined blackfish Gadopsis bispinosus to short-term flow fluctuations in an upland Australian stream. Hydrobiologia 673, 63–77.
  • Ebner, B. C., Lintermans, M., & M., Dunford, M. (2011). A reservoir serves as refuge for adults of the endangered Macquarie perch. Lakes & Reservoirs: Research and Management 16, 23–33.
  • Starrs, D., Ebner, B. C., Lintermans, M., & Fulton, C. J. (2011). Using sprint swimming performance to predict upstream passage of the endangered Macquarie perch in a highly regulated river. Fisheries Management and Ecology 18, 360–374.
  • Ebner, B., Clear, R., Godschalx, S., & Beitzel, M. (2009). In-stream behaviour of threatened fishes and their food organisms based on remote video monitoring. Aquatic Ecology 43, 569–576.

 

Developing research techniques (other)

  • Cooke, S. J, Midwood, J. D, Thiem, J. D, Klimley, A. P, Lucas, M. C, Thorstad, E. B., Eiler, J., Holbrook, C., Ebner, B. C. (2013). Tracking animals in freshwater with electronic tags: past, present and future. Animal Biotelemetry 1:5 doi:10.1186/2050-3385-1-5
  • Broadhurst, B. T., Lintermans, M., Thiem, J. D., Ebner, B. C., Wright, D. W., & Clear, R. (2012). Spatial ecology and habitat use of two-spined blackfish Gadopsis bispinosus in an upland reservoir. Aquatic Ecology 46, 297–309.
  • Broadhurst, B. T., Ebner, B. C., & Clear, R. C. (2009). Effects of radio-tagging on two-year-old, endangered Macquarie perch (Macquaria australasica: Percichthyidae). Marine and Freshwater Research 60, 341–345.
  • Broadhurst, B. T., Ebner, B. C., & Clear, R. C. (2009). Radio-tagging flexible-bodied fish: temporary confinement enhances radio-tag retention. Marine and Freshwater Research 60, 356–360.
  • Ebner, B. C., Lintermans, M., Jekabsons, M., Dunford, M., & Andrews, W. (2009). A cautionary tale: Surrogates for radio-tagging practice do not always simulate responses by closely-related species. Marine and Freshwater Research 60, 371–378.
  • Ebner, B. C., Thiem, J. D., Gilligan, D. M., Lintermans, M., Wooden, I. J., & Linke, S. (2008). Estimating species richness and catch per unit effort from boat electro-fishing in a lowland river in temperate Australia. Austral Ecology 33, 891–901.
  • Ryan, K. A., Ebner, B. C., & Norris, R. H. (2008). Radio-tracking interval effects on the accuracy of diel scale crayfish movement variables. Freshwater Crayfish, 16, 87–92.
  • Broadhurst, B., & Ebner, B. (2007). An improved technique for small-scale radio-tracking of crayfish and benthic fishes in upland streams.  Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, 136, 423–427.

 

Fishes of the Australian Wet Tropics and tropical Pacific Island 

  • Cousins, S., Kennard, M. J. and Ebner, B. C. (On-line first). Depth related composition and structuring of tropical riverine fish assemblages revealed by baited video. Marine and Freshwater Research
  • Ebner, B. C. (2017). Growth, maximum daily ration and intraspecific cohabitation of the moray Gymnothorax polyuranodon (Pisces: Muraenidae) in a freshwater aquarium. Cybium 41, 93–99.
  • Ebner, B. C., Donaldson, J. D., Allen, G., and Keith, P. (2017). Testing an underwater video network and first record of Sicyopterus cynocephalus in Australia. Cybium 41, 117–125.
  • Ebner, B. C., Donaldson, J. A., S. Fulton, C. & Schaffer J. (2016). Distinct habitat selection by freshwater morays in tropical rainforest streams. Ecology of Freshwater Fish DOI: 10.1111/eff.12213
  • Keith, P., Lord, C., Boseto, D. & Ebner, B. C. (2016). A new species of Lentipes (Teleostei: Gobiidae) from the Solomon Islands. Cybium 40, 139–146.
  • Kelly, E., Gibson-Kueh, S. Ebner, B. C., Donaldson, J. A., Yang, R., Morgan, D. L., Buller, N., Hair, D. & Lymbery, A. (2016). Observations on the health of Tandanus tropicanus (Plotosidae) from an Australian River system. Australian Zoologist DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7882/AZ.2015.030
  • Donaldson, J. A., Ebner, B. C. & Fulton, C. J. (2013). Flow velocity underpins microhabitat selectivity in amphidromous gobies of the Australian Wet Tropics. Freshwater Biology 58, 1038–1051
  • Ebner, B. C., Kroll,R., Godfrey, P., Thuesen, P.A., Vallance, T., Pusey, B., Allen,G., Rayner, T. S., Perna, C. N. (2011). Is the elusive Gymnothorax polyuranodon really a freshwater moray? Journal of Fish Biology 79, 70–79.
  • Ebner, B. C., Thuesen, P. A., Larson, H. & Keith, P. (2011). A review of distribution, field observations and precautionary conservation requirements for sicydiine gobies in Australia. Cybium 35, 397–414
  • Thuesen P. A., Ebner, B. C., Larson, H., Keith, P.,  Silcock, R. M.,Prince, J. & Russell, D. J. (2011). Amphidromy links a newly documented fish community of continental Australian streams, to oceanic islands of the West-Pacific. PLOS One 6: e26685.
  • Ebner, B. C. & Thuesen, P. A. (2010). Discovery of stream-cling-goby assemblages (Stiphodon species) in the Australian Wet Tropics. Australian Journal of Zoology 58, 331–340.


Feeding ecology

  • Ryan, K., Lintermans, M., Ebner, B. C., & Norris, R.H. (2013). Using fine-scale overlap in predator-prey distribution to assess risk to a reservoir population of threatened Macquarie perch. Freshwater Science 32, 1057–1072.
  • Ebner, B., McAllister, R., & Suter, P. (2009). Sample size effect on estimates of primary prey in the stomachs of an Australian smelt population. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research 43, 579–590.
  • Ebner, B., Broadhurst, B., Lintermans, M., & Jekabsons, M. (2007). A possible false negative: lack of evidence for trout predation on a remnant population of the endangered Macquarie perch, Macquaria australasica, in Cotter Reservoir, Australia. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 41, 231–237.
  • Ebner, B. (2006). Murray cod an apex predator in the Murray River, Australia. Ecology of Freshwater Fish, 15, 510–520.

 

Aquatic biosecurity

  • Beatty, S. J., Allen, M. G., Whitty, J. M., Lymbery, A. J., Keleher, J. J., Tweedley, J. R. Ebner, B. C. and Morgan, D. L. (Accepted). Movement of introduced goldfish Carassius auratus and the implications for control of a globally invasive species. Ecology of Freshwater Fish
  • Kelly, E., Gibson-Kueh, S. Ebner, B. C., Donaldson, J. A., Yang, R., Morgan, D. L., Buller, N., Hair, D. & Lymbery, A. (2016). Observations on the health of Tandanus tropicanus (Plotosidae) from an Australian River system. Australian Zoologist DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7882/AZ.2015.030
  • Klunzinger, M. W., Morgan, D. L., Lymbery, A. J., Ebner, B. C., Beatty, S. J. & Thomson, G. L. (2010). Discovery of a host fish for glochidia of Velesunio angasi (Sowerby, 1867) (Bivalvia: Unionoida: Hyriidae) from the Fortescue River, Pilbara, Western Australia. Australian Journal of Zoology 58, 263–266.

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