Diversity of river life

Biodiversity is a feature of aquatic ecosystems that is often valued by different members of the community.  To effectively manage aquatic biodiversity, we need to know where the areas of high biodiversity are.  It is also useful to know what causes some areas to have high biodiversity and others not.  This project has sought to answer these questions and so define biologically unique regions (bioregions) within northern Australia, based on patterns of aquatic biodiversity.

Identifying high conservation value aquatic ecosystems in northern Australia (Final report)

Cook, B.D., Kennard, M.J., Pusey, B.J. & Hughes, J.M. (2010) Delineation of freshwater bioregions in northern Australia. In Kennard, M.J. (ed) Identifying high conservation value aquatic ecosystems in northern Australia. Final Report for the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts and National Water Commission. Charles Darwin University, Darwin.

An integrated risk assessment for climate change: analysing the vulnerability of sharks and rays on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

Chin, A., Kyne, P., Walker, T., & McAULEY, R. 2010. An integrated risk assessment for climate change: Analysing the vulnerability of sharks and rays on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Global Change Biology, 16(7), 1936-1953. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2009.02128.x

Landscape genetic analysis of the tropical freshwater fish Mogurnda mogurnda (Eleotridae) in a monsoonal river basin: importance of hydrographic factors and population history

Cook, B., Kennard, M., Real, K., Pusey, B., & Hughes, J. (2011). Landscape genetic analysis of the tropical freshwater fish Mogurnda mogurnda (Eleotridae) in a monsoonal river basin: Importance of hydrographic factors and population history. Freshwater Biology, 56(5), 812-827. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2427.2010.02527.x

Conservation biogeography of freshwater fishes: recent progress and future challenges

Olden, J., Kennard, M., Leprieur, F., Tedesco, P., Winemiller, K., & García‐Berthou, E. (2010). Conservation biogeography of freshwater fishes: Recent progress and future challenges. Diversity and Distributions, 16(3), 496-513. doi: 10.1111/j.1472-4642.2010.00655.x

Historical population connectivity and fragmentation in a tropical freshwater fish with a disjunct distribution (pennyfish, Denariusa bandata)

Cook, B. D., & Hughes, J. M. (2010). Historical population connectivity and fragmentation in a tropical freshwater fish with a disjunct distribution (pennyfish, Denariusa bandata). Journal of the North American Benthological Society, 29(3), 1119-1131. doi: 10.1899/09-087.1

The project was led by Professor Jane Hughes from Griffith University and included researchers from Griffith University, the University of Canberra and James Cook University.

The research team also involved Indigenous communities in the collection of samples for molecular analysis.