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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.

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Research Output 2003 2019

Achieving fish passage outcomes at irrigation infrastructure; a case study from the Lower Mekong Basin

Baumgartner, L. J., Barlow, C., Mallen-Cooper, M., Boys, C., Marsden, T., Thorncraft, G., Phonekhampheng, O., Singhanouvong, D., Rice, W., Roy, M., Crase, L. & Cooper, B., 2019, In : Developments in Aquaculture and Fisheries Science.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Open Access

Abiotic drivers of activity in a large, free-ranging, freshwater teleost, Murray cod (Maccullochella peelii)

Thiem, J. D., Wooden, I. J., Baumgartner, L. J., Butler, G. L., Forbes, J., Taylor, M. D. & Watts, R. J., 01 Jun 2018, In : PLoS One. 13, 6, p. 1-14 14 p., e0198972.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Maccullochella peelii peelii
Fresh Water
water temperature
3 Citations
adaptive management
Dissolved oxygen
Irrigation canals

Addressing fish passage issues at hydropower and irrigation infrastructure projects in Indonesia

Baumgartner, L. J. & Wibowo, A., 09 Oct 2018, In : Marine and Freshwater Research. p. 1-9 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

water power
dams (hydrology)


ASPIRE Early Career Research Award

Lee Baumgartner (Recipient), 14 Apr 2016

Prize/Award: Prize

Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum

Australia Day awards

Lee Baumgartner (Recipient), 2012

Prize/Award: Award


Directors Award

Lee Baumgartner (Recipient), 2014

Prize/Award: Award

Engineering Excellence Awards

Lee Baumgartner (Recipient), 2014

Prize/Award: Other distinction


Activities 2017 2017

  • 1 Publication peer-review

Murray Darling Basin Authority, NSW Australia (Publisher)

L.J. Baumgartner (Reviewer)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

Press / Media

‘No human-made law can overrule natural law’

Lee Baumgartner


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

CSU fish expert joins ministerial panel

Lee Baumgartner


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

New calls to reignite native fish strategies

Lee Baumgartner


3 items of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media