I grew up in Northern Tassie fishing the Tamar River and east coast with my Dad. Upon seeing dolphins for the first time in a Kate Winslet moment on the front of the boat, I decided all things fishy were “cool” and off to University of TAS I went, to study marine and freshwater ecology. Meeting a boy took me to Mildura, where I of course ended up at the Murray Darling Freshwater Research Centre with Listy, Rex, Clayto and others, working on the various The Living Murray, Menindee Lakes, and Lindsay River projects for a couple years. After travelling OS for 2 years I ended up in SA, where I now work on Murray hardyhead conservation and various wetland and anabranch monitoring projects across Chowilla and the Katfish Reach Demonstration Reach. A recent highlight being the 10/11/12 flood events and catching heaps of cool and not so cool stuff such as Spangled perch and Oriental weatherloach, some firsts for SA; and I still think fish are “cool”.
Beats enjoys all things water having grown up harvesting the Swan River for crabs and fish at every opportunity. His overall interest is conducting research that helps conserve aquatic ecosystems. Particular areas of research interest include the impacts of climate change, water abstractions, introduced species, and salinisation. He has a soft spot for a hard carapace having played with plenty of crayfish in his time; an interest that probably stems from his family’s farms. Aside from fishing (for work and play), other passions include Trine, Coen and Hannah, cricket and the Dockers.
Helen is an experienced ichthyologist, specialising in goby taxonomy. She is apparently retired, but remains more active in the field than most. An interview with Helen here on the Lair, reveals all.
I completed a Bachelor of Marine Science with honours at the University of Tasmania / Institute for Marine and Antarctic studies, where I studied the feeding and niche interactions of small coastal water elasmobranchs (gummy sharks, dogfish, banded stingarees, and Tasmanian numbfish). My passion was always with marine biology and shortly after my honours I worked casually as a field assistant on a seven gilled shark PHD project. However my interest in all things fishy brought me to the Inland Fisheries Service where I began work as a technical officer on the Carp Management Program. Four years later, I am now working as a fisheries biologist still trying to remove the remaining population of carp from Tasmania. I enjoy keeping a range of native Tasmanian freshwater fish in aquaria. I am a game fishing fanatic, and when I’m not offshore I am wishing I was. I attended my first conference this year at the ASFB & ASL Congress which was a great experience and I hope to make it to the next one.
After studying biology at Deakin University in Geelong, I moved to Mildura to work at the Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre where I have been for the past 5 years. Over that time I have hugged a lot of trees (obtaining tree diameter) but have found my niche working on all things fish under the guidance of Listy. I find that one of working life’s little pleasures is hanging off the front of an e-fishing boat on a nice day with your mates pulling in native fish. When not working I spend my time training for various sporting events.
I grew up exploring the rivers of far north Queensland and the Northern Territory, during which time I developed a passion for fish and their environments. Moving to Mildura, Victoria in my final years of school, I soon realised that my love for the environment was where life needed to be and soon after (2008) landed a job at the Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre in Mildura. Whilst being a self-confessed generalist who loves to explore the ‘big picture’ of a system, (all be it in my brain, as no one has deep enough pockets) I occasionally get excited about vegetation and community engagement, especially with farmers. After years of running the logistics for monitoring projects at Euston Lakes and on the Great Darling Anabranch, I’ve started to actually ask some questions of my own relating to ‘Golden perch recruitment during the 2010 flood’ where hundreds of young of year golden perch were recorded flooding the breaking banks of the Darling Anabranch. I also started to dive into the world of acoustic tracking and otolith aging. At which point I had a baby girl, named her after a Northern Australia freshwater fish, Saratoga, and have just returned to work. Questions still unanswered and with no time to answer them.
My burning passion is the cod species (Maccullochella), and native fish generally. I managed to never become a fish ecologist, despite strenuous effort and study. Instead, I wander the Commonwealth environment department like a displaced percichthyid and contribute to good policy outcomes, big and small, for native fish. I am a passionate fisherman, strictly catch-and-release with native fish, and love keeping native fish in aquaria too. Curious facts: I had a (tiny) meteorite burn up a few metres above my head one fine night; my favourite meal is the hearty French dish cassoulet.
Adam Kerezsy is an ecologist interested in conserving Australian native fishes. He primarily works in western Queensland and is responsible for looking out for the threatened Redfinned blue-eye. Adam’s interests include fish, family and music.
Ebb is a passionate freshwater fish ecologist living on the Atherton Tablelands in North Queensland. He has eclectic tastes and is especially fond of percichthyids, cling gobies, the Freshwater moray, and freshwater elasmobranchs. Currently, he is pursuing an interest in the connections between people and freshwater fauna.
Dr Brendan Ebner, CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences and TropWATER, James Cook University
Ben Broadhurst is a scientist at the University of Canberra. He specialises in studying the ecology of inland freshwater fishes and is a keen angler. Ben could have been drafted to the AFL but chose fish ecology for this lifetime.