I was born and bred in Mildura Victoria so from an early age I spent all my time down on the Murray with my family and friends, either fishing, skiing, or generally doing a whole lot of nothing. Since growing up nothing has changed, I’m still doing the same things with the same people and loving it. So with this love and passion I always knew I wanted to explore and learn more about the big picture of the Murray-Darling Basin, and has led to studying via a diploma in conservation and land management at the local Tafe. This provided an opportunity for me to gain employment at the Murray Darling Fresh Water Research Centre located in Mildura, and I haven’t looked back with my knowledge and understanding of ecology growing every day. I have always had a basic understanding of the Murray but now working in the science industry things are starting to click. During my time at MDFRC I have worked on projects covering Fish biology/ecology, Lowland river and wetland ecology and Lateral Fish Movement (just to name a few). I never knew I could love science as much as I do and every day is an amazing experience for me as science is a great adventure. Every day you see new and exciting things and because of that I do not and have not seen this industry as a job, I see it as a hobby. I believe the work that I do also provides a better future for my children so they can enjoy the System like I do and will keep doing.
Braeden works at the MDFRC laboratory in Mildura
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