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Personal profile

Lee Baumgartner is a Freshwater Fish Ecologist who designs, supervises and undertakes into various aspects of the biology and ecology of freshwater fish. His research has been in several broad areas, including fish passage and fish migration, dietary interactions among native fish species, the impact of human disturbance on aquatic ecosystems and, more recently, the effectiveness of native fish stocking. Dr Baumgartners' work has also focused on developing innovative methods for assessment (such as the adaptation of sonar technology to for migration studies) and improving existing fish collection techniques. Much of his work is applied and has fed back into adaptive management strategies which have resulted in state and national policy development. Recently, he has been involved in research activities in the lower Mekong Basin;   specifically understanding mechanisms to help fisheries recover from human disturbance and quantifying the value of fish in a food security context.

Research Interests

  • Freshwater fisheries
  • Fish passage and migration
  • Mitigating human disturbances
  • Hydropower
  • Riverine ecology

Professional Information

External Appointments & Memberships

  • Australian Society for Fish Biology (NSW Representative);
  • American Fisheries Society (member);
  • Association of Power Biologists (member); Fish Passage Task Force (member);
  • Murray Cod Fishery Management Group (member);
  • International Energy Agency Fish and Hydropower Annexe (member);
  • IUCN Freshwater Fish Specialists Group (member); North East Catchment Management Authority(board member)
  • NSW Environmental Trust Aquatic Sub-Committee (member);
  • International Conference on River Connectivity (Chair);
  • Scientific Panel into Darling River fish deaths (member)


Editorial roles on journals

  • Marine & Freshwater Research (Associate Editor).

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (Applied Ecology), University of Canberra


Award Date: 01 Jan 2005

Bachelor of Science (Aquatic Science with Honours) , Deakin University


Award Date: 01 Jan 1999

Bachelor of Science (Biological Science), Deakin University


Award Date: 01 Jan 1999

External positions

Science Director (Professor Level), Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre Wodonga


Research Leader: Freshwater Ecology Group, NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI)


Centre Director, Narrandera, NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI)


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Research Output

A compendium of ecological knowledge for restoration of freshwater fishes in Australia's Murray-Darling Basin

Koehn, J., Raymond, S., Stuart, I. G., Todd, C., Balcombe, S., Zampatti, B. P., Bamford, H., Ingram, B., Bice, C., Burndred, K., Butler, G. L., Baumgartner, L. J., Clunie, P., Ellis, I., Forbes, J., Hutchison, M., Koster, W., Lintermans, M., Lyon, J., Mallen-Cooper, M. & 9 others, McLellan, M., Pearce, L., Ryall, JG., Sharpe, C., Stoessel, D., Thiem, J., Tonkin, Z., Townsend, A. & Ye, Q., 06 Aug 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Marine and Freshwater Research. MF20127.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

A cone fishway facilitates lateral migrations of tropical river-floodplain fish communities

Baumgartner, L. J., Boys, C., Marsden, T., McPherson, J., Ning, N., Phonekhampeng, O., Robinson, W., Singhanouvong, D., Stuart, I. G. & Thorncraft, G., 13 Feb 2020, In : A Cone Fishway Facilitates Lateral Migrations of Tropical River-Floodplain Fish Communities. 12, 513, p. 1-18 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Connectivity of Mekong fishes between freshwater and marine habitats

    Vu, A., Baumgartner, L. J., Howitt, J., Limburg, K., Reinhardt, J., Mallen-Cooper, M. & Cowx, I., Aug 2020, In : Mekong Fish Catch and Culture. 26, 2, p. 10-13 4 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Diversion weirs and fish passages for smallscale irrigation Lao People's Democratic Republic

    Salter, D., Sadeghi, N., Thorncraft, G., Baumgartner, L. J., Robinson, W., Cooper, B., Crase, L. & Ning, N., 2020, Manila, Philippines: Asian Development Bank. 46 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportOther report

    Open Access

    High prevalence of non-native fish species in a remote region of the Mamberamo River, Indonesia

    Wibowo, A., Atminarso, D., Baumgartner, L. J. & Vasemagi, A., 2020, In : Pacific Conservation Biology. 26, p. 293-300 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Prizes

  • Australia Day awards

    Baumgartner, Lee (Recipient), 2012

    Prize: Award

  • Directors Award

    Baumgartner, Lee (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: Award

    Engineering Excellence Awards

    Baumgartner, Lee (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: Other distinction

  • Activities

    • 1 Peer review responsibility, including review panel or committee

    Murray Darling Basin Authority, NSW Australia (Publisher)

    L.J. Baumgartner (Reviewer)


    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer review responsibility, including review panel or committee