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Prof Max Finlayson is a renown wetland ecologist with extensive experience nationally and internationally in the science and management responses to water pollution, mining and agricultural impacts, invasive species, climate change, and human well-being and wetlands.

Director of the Institute for Land, Water and Society from 2008 - October 2019 when he retired.  He remains an Adjunct Professor with ILWS.

He has participated in global assessments such as those conducted by the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, the Global Environment Outlook, and Water Management in Agriculture, and since the early 1990s he has been a technical adviser to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. He has been actively involved in environmental NGOs and science organisations and has worked with government, community-based organisations and industry to investigate the causes of ecosystem change and management responses, including restoration and the participation of local communities. Underlying these activities is a concerted effort to improve the collection of evidence for addressing complex ecological issues and providing guidance to managers and policy makers recognising that social, economic and ecological issues are inter-dependent and operate across multiple scales, particularly when dealing with regional sustainable development.

Professor Finlayson has worked extensively on the inventory, assessment and monitoring of wetlands, in particular in wet tropical, wet-dry tropical and sub-tropical climatic regimes covering pollution, invasive species and climate change. His current research interests/projects including the following:

  • Interactions between human well-being and wetland health in the face of anthropogenic change, including global change and the onset of the Anthropocenic era
  • Vulnerability and adaptation of wetlands/rivers to climate change, including changing values and trade-offs between uses and users, considering uncertainty and complexity
  • Integration of ecologic, economic and social requirements and trade-offs between users of wetlands with an emphasis on developing policy guidance and institutional changes
  • Environment and agriculture interactions and policy responses/outcomes, and collaboration between stakeholders and policy-makers
  • Wetland restoration and construction, including the use of artificial wetlands for waste water treatment and the generation of multiple values
  • Landscape change involving wetlands/rivers and land use (agriculture and mining) and implications for wetland ecosystem services and benefits for local people.

Research Interests

  • Human well-being and wetland health
  • Vulnerability and adaptation of wetlands/rivers to climate change
  • Wetland restoration and management
  • Wetland ecosystem services

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Research Output

An overview of the restoration and management of Chilika Lagoon: Successful application of the Ramsar wise use guidelines

Finlayson, M., 2020, Ecology, conservation, and restoration of Chilika Lagoon, India. Finlayson, M., Rastogi, G., Mishra, D. & Pattnaik, A. (eds.). 1st ed. Springer, p. 7-21 15 p. (Wetlands: Ecology, Conservation and Management; vol. 6).

Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperChapter (peer-reviewed)

Ecological characterization of Chilika: Defining strategies and management needs for wise use

Kumar, R., Finlayson, M. & Pattnaik, A. K., 2020, Ecology, conservation, and restoration of Chilika Lagoon, India. Finlayson, M., Rastogi, G., Mishra, D. & Pattnaik, A. (eds.). Switzerland: Springer, p. 23-61 39 p.

Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperChapter (peer-reviewed)

Ecology, Conservation, and Restoration of Chilika Lagoon, India.

Finlayson, M., Rastogi, G., Mishra, D. R. & Pattnaik, A., 2020, 1 ed. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer International Publishing.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Ecosystem services: Implications for managing Chilika

    Kumar, R., Pattnaik, A. K. & Finlayson, M., 2020, Ecology, conservation, and restoration of Chilika Lagoon, India. Finlayson, M., Rastogi, G., Mishra, D. & Pattnaik, A. (eds.). Switzerland: Springer, p. 63-94 22 p.

    Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperChapter (peer-reviewed)

    1 Citation (Scopus)

    Prizes

    2015 Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Excellence (Research Excellence)

    Watts, Robyn (Recipient), James Abell (Recipient), Allan, Catherine (Recipient), Carmen Amos (Recipient), Bellio, Mariagrazia (Recipient), Bradley K. Clarke-Wood (Recipient), Finlayson, Max (Recipient), Tamsin Greenwood (Recipient), Hall, Andrew (Recipient), Howitt, Julia (Recipient), Humphries, Paul (Recipient), Jenkins, Kim (Recipient), Kopf, Keller (Recipient), McCasker, Nicole (Recipient), Robinson, Wayne (Recipient), Veronique Janel (Recipient), Wassens, Skye (Recipient), Wolfenden, Ben (Recipient) & Zander, Alek (Recipient), 05 Aug 2015

    Prize: Award

  • Activities

    • 2 Workshop/course/forum
    • 1 Membership of networks of excellence

    NAPREC Paper Writing

    Wes Ward (Organiser), , Max Finlayson (Participant), & Michael Vanderzee (Participant)

    01 Jan 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventWorkshop/course/forumIndustry

    National Agricultural Production and REconciliation Ecology Centre (External organisation)

    Wes Ward (Member), , Max Finlayson (Member), , Jen Bond (Member), & Michael Vanderzee (Member)

    01 Dec 201801 Dec 2019

    Activity: Membership Membership of networks of excellenceIndustry

    Presenting draft NAPREC paper

    Wes Ward (Organiser), , Max Finlayson (Participant), , Michael Vanderzee (Participant), & Jen Bond (Participant)

    2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventWorkshop/course/forumIndustry