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Dr Nicole McCasker is freshwater ecologist and research fellow with the Gulbali Institute, Charles Sturt University. Nicole's major research interests focus around the early life histories of freshwater fish, the functional roles of freshwater mussels and riverine ecology more generally. Over the last 20 years, Nicole has worked in a vast array of wetland, riverine and floodplain environments throughout the Murray-Darling Basin. She is currently working with a multi-stake holder project assessing ecological responses to the delivery of environmental water in the Edward/Kolety-Wakool river system, NSW.  Along with her research, Nicole has previously held positions as a lecturer in the School of Agriculture, Vetinerary and Environmental Science at CSU and supervises Honours and PhD students.

Research Interests

  • River and floodplain ecology
  • Ecology and conservation 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
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

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

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

    Prize: AwardInternal award

  • 2021 Faculty of Science and Health Research Award

    McCasker, Nicole (Recipient), 03 Dec 2021

    Prize: AwardInternal award

  • Institute for Land, Water and Society Research Support

    Liu, Xiaoying (Recipient), Watts, Robyn (Recipient), Howitt, Julia (Recipient) & McCasker, Nicole (Recipient), Sep 2018

    Prize: GrantSuccessful