Lee Baumgartner

PhD, Professor in Fisheries and River Management, Prof

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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.

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).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

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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