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Iain Ellis

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Iain Ellis is a scientist at the Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre based in Mildura. He did his Honours on Rainbowfish many moons ago, and has since surveyed fishes in much of the south-western corner of the Murray-Darling Basin. He has been a major contributor to Murray hardyhead conservation and enjoys playing music in his other life.

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Cameron Fletcher

Cameron is a Research Scientist at CSIRO Atherton, where he works with Ebb. He is an interdisciplinary scientist with a PhD in physics, who jumped ship over ten years ago to study a wide range of human-managed ecological systems. In addition to being dragged in to many of Brendan’s other crazy schemes, Cameron provides the back-end and technical support for The Moray’s Lair website. Cameron is also an enthusiastic nature photographer, focusing particularly on birds in flight. Some of this photography is on display at


Rhian Clear

Rhian Clear grew up in the  small country town of Delegate NSW and has always had a passion for fish and fishing. Rhian works as a research assistant with the Institute for Applied Ecology at the University of Canberra. He has 8 years of experience conducting fish research, primarily focussed on Macquarie perch and Two-spined blackfish, in the Cotter River catchment ACT. When he is not at his full time job he is selling fishing gear at a tackle store on the weekends, living vicariously through his customers who get to fish more often than he does.


Zeb Tonkin

Zeb is a scientist within the Waterway Management and Restoration Section of the Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research. He has worked at the institute for over 11 years, and now manages the Habitat Restoration and Environmental Flows Programme. He has a passion for investigating recruitment dynamics of freshwater fish populations, having worked on a range of projects relating to environmental flows, pest and threatened species management and habitat restoration (like most ecologists dabbles in a range of topics and techniques but expert at none!).  Zeb has also recently decided to continue his studies by investigating the population dynamics of Macquarie perch with Griffith University.

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David Morgan

I started working on freshwater fishes in 1992 at Murdoch University, and they can’t get rid me (I hope). I have since that time worked on many of Western Australia’s threatened fishes from the Kimberley to the south-west. My other research areas include feral fishes, fish movement and ecology. I also enjoy getting involved in my son Charlie’s and my daughter Renee’s Aussie Rules development. By way of trivia, I also love a crab sandwich.


Danswell Starrs

Danswell grew up on the outskirts of the Murray-Darling Basin near a place called Jerangle, on the southern edge of the Tinderry Mountain Range. His love for all things aquatic stems from his formative years on the family farm, stomping up and down Danswell Creek (after which he is named) chasing Rainbow trout, Galaxias, yabbies and a single Murray river crayfish. At 14, Danswell moved to Canberra for high school and has been there ever since, completing his doctoral studies at the ANU in 2014. Danswell aspires to learn more about the mysteries of fish early life history, and his focus is on developing a career in this field. When his mind isn’t inside the otolith of a fish, he works on his other love – his Toyota MR2 collection. You can learn more about him simply by googling ‘Danswell’. This is but one of the benefits of having such a unique name. Alternatively, you can go to:


Culum Brown

If it’s fishy Culum is interested in it. Culum did his honours and PhD on rainbowfish back in the dark ages at UQ. After a considerable stint overseas has come back and started where he left off. Behaviour, ecology and evolution of fish is his realm and he specializes in cognition. His primary aim is to mix things up at the ASFB conferences and make folks think about fish behaviour. He has a soft spot for Australian freshwater fish. Culum is currently an Associate Professor at Macquarie University.

Alf Hogan

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Alf has 34 years experience as a fish biologist and ecologist, initially with the Queensland Department of Primary Industries and since 2008, as a private consultant. The Australian National Sportfishing Association presented him with its highest award for his pioneering work in establishing impoundment fisheries. He has also led and worked on ecology based projects for mining companies, the sugar industry, water resource managers, natural resource management groups, interstate and local governments and community groups. He has written a field guide to the fishes of the southern Gulf of Carpentaria, including commonly caught marine species. In all, Alf has surveyed most of the freshwater reaches of coastal rivers and wetlands in Queensland. He recently had a fish named after him in recognition of his contribution to the knowledge of fish biodiversity and ecology in Queensland.


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Dr Chris Fulton

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Chris Fulton hails from the Hunter Valley in New South Wales. He studied his PhD on the ecomorphology of coral reef fishes at James Cook University (2005), followed by a short post-doc on macroalgal community dynamics, before taking up his current lectureship at the Australian National University in Canberra. Chris’ research examines how individuals, species and communities are shaped by their environment, particularly in aquatic habitats where they are subject to extreme conditions of wave energy, flow and/or temperature. Apart from his passion for observing and documenting natural biodiversity in biomes ranging from coral reefs to seaweed beds and freshwater streams,  Chris has an incredibly soft spot for collecting hand-made watches (particularly German ones).

Dr Nathan Ning

Nathan Ning

Nathan completed his PhD in freshwater ecology at La Trobe University in 2009, and has been working as an aquatic ecologist at the Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre since then.  His research mainly focuses on aquatic invertebrate ecology (mainly zooplankton ecology),  the role of dormant zooplankton eggs and aquatic plant seeds in conferring resilience to river-floodplain systems, and food-web interactions involving zooplankton.

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