Dr Leah Beesley, Research Associate
See Leah’s full research profile here.
What are your research interests as they relate to northern Australia?
I am interested in flow-ecology relationships. My research will focus on the fish of the Fitzroy River in the Kimberley, and will examine the importance of wet and dry season flows on the condition and distribution of different species. I am particularly interested in the extent to which permanent, groundwater-fed pools provide dry season refuges for fish communities. Greater knowledge of flow-fish ecology relationships will allow us to better predict the consequences of reduced flow (surface water, groundwater) on the health of the river, informing policy and management across northern Australia.
What do you love about working in northern Australia?
I love the ancient landscape, its beauty and wilderness. Working in northern Australia feels like stepping back in time – back to a place where people take their time, where they hunt and gather, and where they value and respect the land. I am fascinated by the rivers of northern Australia, especially the rivers that shrink down into a series of waterholes during the dry. I am particularly interested in freshwater fish – how they survive when the river shrinks down and how they make the most of periods of flood.