Murray-Darling Basin Seminar Series

Dr Nicole McCasker, Dr Anthony (Rex) Conalli, Dr Paul Humphries ( and Dr Rick Stoffels (CSIRO/MDFRC) — at Murray Darliing Basin Seminar Series.

Dr Nicole McCasker, Dr Anthony (Rex) Conallin, Dr Paul Humphries ( and Dr Rick Stoffels (CSIRO/MDFRC) — at Murray Darliing Basin Seminar Series.

The first of the seminars in the Mu rray-Darling Basin Seminar Series for 2013 to be hosted by the Institute was held on Wednesday, September 18, at the Albury-Wodonga campus.
Over 40 people joined Dr Paul Humphries, co-editor, Dr Nicole McCasker and Dr Rick Stoffels (CSIRO/MDFRC) co-authors of the book “Ecology of Australian Freshwater Fishes” for the launch of the book, and a joint presentation on “Celebrating Australia’s Freshwater Fish.” Paul, who introduced the presentation with a historical perspective, said there were 30,000 species of fish world-wide, made up of 16,000 marine species, and 14,000 freshwater species.
“And all those freshwater species have to squeeze into a very small amount of water comparative to marine species,” he said. “Australia has relatively few freshwater species, just 260.” This was because Australia is such a dry continent. “Basically the more freshwater you have, the more species.”
Nicole discussed some of the remarkable features of freshwater fish in Australia and how they have adapted to various environmental conditions.
Rick spoke about ‘resistance and resilience’ and how some fish are able to lower their metabolic rate as the amount of oxygen in the water declines.
The book, to which 23 authors contributed, was then launched by Dr Anthony (Rex) Conallin from the Murray CMA.
The Murray-Darling Basin Seminar Series is a collaboration between the MDFRC, La Trobe & Charles Sturt Universities (ILWS), and the North East and Murray CMAs. Its aim is to share information, learn from others and provide a regular opportunity for people to meet and discuss Basin issues.

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The Institute for Land, Water and Society is one of four Centres of Research Excellence within Charles Sturt University, Australia. Its principal focus is on integrated research which contributes to improved social and environmental sustainability in rural and regional areas.

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