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Associate Professor Paul Humphries' research interests mostly relate to rivers and their ecology. While he has worked mostly on fish-related topics, he also has an interest in macroinvertebrates and macrophytes. Most of his work in the last 20 years has been on the relationship between riverine biota and flow. Since 1996, he has focussed on aspects of the spawning and early life history of freshwater fishes. He has also carried out and collaborated on several projects on the dispersal of the young stages of fish and shrimp in rivers both in Australia and Europe. He is also passionately interested in historical ecology, especially in the Murray-Darling Basin, and is currently collaborating on several palaeoecological and zooarchaeological projects, which aim to look at past faunas and ecosystems, to aid conservation and management of our rivers. He co-edited with Keith Walker, 'Ecology of Australian Freshwater Fishes', published by CSIRO Publishing in 2013.

Paul is the leader of the Fish Ecology Collaborative Research Unit


Research Interests

  • Relationships between riverine biota and flow
  • Historical ecology, especially in the Murray-Darling Basin
  • Spawning and early life history
  • Dispersal of the young stages of fish and shrimps in rivers

Professional Information

Editorial roles on journals:

River Research and Applications (Editorial Board member)

Biodiversity and Conservation (Editorial Board member)


  • BIO263 Ecosystem analysis
  • BIO203 Animal diversity
  • BIO323 River and floodplain ecology

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 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Murdoch University


Master of Science, University of Tasmania


Bachelor of Science (Hons), Monash University



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