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Dr Nicole McCasker is a freshwater ecologist research fellow at Gulbali Research Institute. Nicole’s research explores the early-life stages of freshwater fish, ecosystem responses to environmental water, and the functional role of freshwater mussels in riverine landscapes.

Over the last 15 years Nicole has worked in an array of riverine and floodplain environments throughout the Murray-Darling Basin. She has a decade of experience in contributing to large multi-disciplinary, multi-stake holder projects which monitor and evaluate ecological responses to environmental water delivery.

Since her time at CSU Nicole has contributed as a chief investigator to projects worth over $7.6 million. She was a recipient of the Vice-chancellor’s Team Award for Research Excellence in 2016, and has held both research and teaching positions at CSU since 2011. Nicole continues to enjoy supervising honours and higher degree students.

Research Interests

  • river and floodplain ecology
  • flow-ecology relationships
  • conservation and ecology of freshwater mussels
  • early life history of freshwater fish

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 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Charles Sturt University


Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours), Monash University


Bachelor of Conservation Ecology, Deakin University



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