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Freshwater Ecology

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Theme leader - Professor Damien Burrows

Researchers in the Freshwater Ecology Theme provide scientific advice for the management of agriculture, mining and water extraction impacts on freshwater ecosystems, including habitat protection, wetland restoration and the control of invasive species.



Research undertaken in these ecosystems by the group includes:

  • Wetland rehabilitation and management
  • Exotic fish and aquatic weed control, especially tilapia, water hyacinth, olive hymenachne and paragrass
  • Planning and management of water resource developments and irrigation developments
  • Management of livestock, feral animals and runoff from agricultural areas
  • Management of mining and industrial refinery operations
  • Experimental tolerance testing of freshwater fauna, especially tolerance to low dissolved oxygen and elevated water temperatures
  • Evaluating the ongoing ecological health of terrestrial, riparian and freshwater systems across North Queensland
  • Understanding the links between natural and anthropogenic pressures, water quality, limnology and ecological processes in tropical freshwater ecosystems
  • Biodiversity surveys of North Queensland streams and discovery of new freshwater species
  • Ecology and management of freshwater turtles


Research Staff

Dr Damien BurrowsBarry Butler 154x175Geoffrey Collins 154x175James Donaldson 154x175Brendan Ebner 154x175Cassie James 154x175Dr Dean JerryRichard Pearson 154x175Bradley Pusey 154x175Shelley Templeman 154x175Jim Wallace 154x175Nathan Waltham 154x175

From left to right: Professor Damien BurrowsMr Barry Butler, Mr James Donaldson, Dr Brendan Ebner, Dr Cassie James, Professor Dean Jerry, Professor Richard Pearson, , Mr Jason Schaffer, Dr Shelley Templeman, Dr Jim Wallace, Dr Nathan Waltham

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Button Freshwater Fauna  Button Invasive Aquatic Species  Banner Environmental Tolerances of Aquatic Fauna  Button Wetland Management Planning & Rehab Button Water Quality Limnology & wetland hab assessmt  Button Historical Environmental change  Button Fish Atlas of Northern Australia

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