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I am an applied research leader and academic who has achieved substantial food security outcomes in countries working within the food-water-energy nexus. In many countries where I work, water is needed for life, but also provides an opportunity to grow crops using irrigation, and by generating hydropower. In these countries, fish are an important source of biodiversity, have cultural significance, supply animal protein, calcium and generate hard income but are declining because of river development. But the food and energy needs of countries is growing; necessitating expanded energy grids and irrigation systems. My collaborative high-impact research focuses on the development and application of innovative technology, in the field of ecohydrology, to reduce pressure on fisheries systems and reverse declines. Specifically, my work focuses on irrigation and hydropower sustainability; applying innovation to ensure river communities can have food, water and energy. My work is multi-disciplinary; requiring collaboration with engineers, functional ecologists and water professionals.

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

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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