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New Postdoctoral Research Fellow Opportunity

New Postdoctoral Research Fellow Opportunity - Deakin University

A post-doctoral fellowship linked to an ARC Discovery Project led by Barb Downes in collaboration with Peter Chesson (University of Arizona) and Rebecca Lester.  Seeking an excellent theoretical ecologist, conversant in mathematical ecological theory, who is passionate about the links between theoretical and empirical ecology. The successful applicant will also contribute to other projects in Rebecca Lester's lab.

For further details please follow below link:

Deakin Job Search - Associate Research Fellow

Closing Date For Applications:  Tuesday 31st October 2017 11.59pm (AEST)

Vale Professor Arthur McComb

Vale Professor Arthur McComb

(BSc, MSc (Melb.), PhD (Cantab), F. Inst. Biol., FAA)

The Australian Freshwater Science Society lost a champion on Sunday 8th October 2017 at the passing of Professor Arthur McComb.

An ASL Medal winner in 1991, Arthur McComb was born in Melbourne, on 9th December 1936, and graduated with both a BSc and MSc from the University of Melbourne in 1959. He then undertook his PhD at the University of Cambridge, graduating in 1962. Arthur was an associate professor at The University of Western Australia from 1963 until 1988, and full professor at Murdoch University until his retirement in 1996 after which he continued to contribute as Senior Scholar in Residence in Environmental Science.

Arthur combined the manners and charm of a gentleman scholar with a keen mind attuned to the environmental issues of today. He led seminal research on aquatic plants and nutrient dynamics that improved our understanding and management of the Blackwood River Estuary, seagrasses in Shark Bay and the Swan River, loss of seagrass in Cockburn Sound, and eutrophication of the Peel-Harvey.

Arthur generously shared his expertise and time, not only across academia, but in advising government agencies and science management. He inspired countless students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, including over 30 PhD students. He authored or co-authored 9 books including the wonderful Australian Wetlands with Sam Lake, and over 150 refereed papers and book chapters. His outstanding contribution was recognised through medals and awards from the Australian Society for Limnology, the Royal Society of Western Australia, the Australian Marine Sciences Association, and the Prime Minister’s Centennial Medal for contributions to Environmental Science. He was both a Fellow of the Institute of Biology and the Australian Academy of Science and awarded a DSc from Murdoch University in 2007. 

So many people across the world, in the fields of freshwater, estuarine or marine research and beyond, will now be thinking of the difference he made to their lives, and will miss his quiet wisdom. 

Living, growing, landscape-scale, long-term river

Interested in regularly-updated landscape-scale, long-term river data on Australian freshwater fish and estuarine vegetation assemblages? Curious about the seasonal arrival of tropical marine fauna, or the dynamics of forest animal assemblages in relation to dingo abundance? Within this mixed bag you may care to take a punt on the nature of unfolding patterns as climatic phases develop. The website source of this information - - is likely to intrigue you with its unique depictions and trigger new paradigms when conceptualising the dynamics of biota in aquatic systems.

Keith Bishop’s interest in long-term, landscape-scale research commenced in the late 1970s with fish ecology studies within Kakadu National Park. In the late 1980s attention shifted to environmental flow investigations within the much less predictable NSW east coast rivers. For these systems it became clear that: i) the scientific community had a very poor understanding of how aquatic life responds to changing flows, and ii) this understanding could only be improved once changing river flows are related to changing patterns in key aquatic biota gathered across the landscape over long periods of time. Two long-term projects, focusing on the Hastings and Manning Rivers on the NSW Mid North Coast, provided an opportunity to gather such important data.

The website primarily aims to provide glimpses into the above datasets as they grow and develop - in this sense they can be viewed as 'living'.  Apart from increasing awareness of this information amongst colleagues, there is also hope that collaboration and other synergies may result. A more subtle motive for the development of the website, now clearer in hindsight, is the maintenance of enthusiasm to keep long-term datasets growing. The literature describes the considerable difficulties of maintaining long-term investigations. These challenges are accentuated during politically antagonistic periods – environmental dark ages - that we are currently experiencing.


Two PhD projects with $10,000 per year top-up scholarships and additional operating funds are available through University of Western Australia. The projects are on:

(1) Fish diets and river flows in northern Australia

(2) The ecology of freshwater prawns in the Kimberley

Applications close 31st October

Contact: Prof.  Michael Douglas
Ph: 0408 467 000

Fish diets and river flows in northern Australia
This PhD project is part of an ARC–Linkage project involving the University of Western Australia, Charles Darwin University, Griffith University, the University of Washington and the Northern Territory Government. The student will apply for scholarship through UWA and will receive an additional $10,000 per year top-up stipend plus generous project operating budget. The link below includes more information about the project and the application process:

The ecology of the freshwater prawn, Macrobrachium spinipes, in the Fitzroy River, WA

This PhD project will work closely with researchers from the NESP Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub who are running a project on the environmental water requirements of the Fitzroy River. The PhD project will focus on how the ecology of freshwater prawns (Macrobrachium spinipes) varies in relation to river flows in the Fitzroy River. The student will apply for scholarship through UWA and will receive an additional $10,000 per year top-up stipend plus generous project operating budget. The link below includes more information about the project and the application process

International Society for River Science

I am pleased to invite you to the 5th biennial symposium of the International Society for River Science on the banks of the Waikato River, Hamilton, New Zealand, 19-24 November 2017.

The conference theme is "Integrating multiple values" and we are now inviting proposals for Special sessions aligned to this theme. Further details regarding Special session nominations can be found on the ISRS conference website 

KEY DATES: • Special Session Proposal Nominations Close 30 NOV 2016 • Abstracts Open 1 DEC 2016
• Abstracts Close 30 APRIL 2017 • Registration Opens 1 MARCH 2017
• Early-bird Registration Closes 15 SEPTEMBER 2017

We look forward to see you in Hamilton in November 2017.

Kevin Collier

Conference Chair