Mark Kennard
Griffith University

Mark Kennard profile photoProfessor Mark Kennard

Professor, Australian Rivers Institute

Deputy Dean (Research), Griffith Sciences

See Mark’s full research profile here.

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Research outputs linked to policy change and decision-making

Current academic employment and positions

  • Professor – Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University (2021 – present)
  • Deputy Dean (Research) –Sciences Group, Griffith University (2019 – present)
  • Project Leader: Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Wildlife and Habitat Bushfire Recovery Program. ‘GA-2000150 – Threatened species assessment and recovery in burnt coastal wallum wetlands’ (2020 – 2021)
  • Research Theme Leader: Murray-Darling Basin Authority “Murray-Darling Water & Environment Research Program. ‘Theme 3: Environmental Outcomes’. (2021 – 2024)
  • Project Leader: Commonwealth Department of the Environment and Energy. ‘Beetaloo GBA region Baseline Survey Program’ (2020 – 2021)
  • Project Leader: Queensland Department of Environment and Science – Research, Development and Innovation Priorities for the Queensland Water Modelling Network. ‘Modelling surface water availability to inform water security for freshwater biodiversity and human society in a changing climate’ (2020 – 2021)
  • Project Leader: NESP – Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub. ‘Project 6.1 – e-Flow Synthesis Project: enhancing uptake of environmental flow research for improved water planning in northern Australia’ (2018 – 2020)

Highest Qualification

  • 2005: Doctor of Philosophy, Griffith University, Queensland

Major Prizes, Medals and Honours

  • Whitley Medal from the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales for the book “Ecology of Australian Freshwater Fishes” (Eds) P. Humphries & K. Walker, CSIRO Publishing. The Whitley Medal is the most sought-after prize in zoological publishing in Australia.
  • Griffith University Post-doctoral Fellowship (funding for three years).
  • Whitley Medal (with co-authors Brad Pusey and Angela Arthington) from the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales for the book “Freshwater Fishes of North-Eastern Australia” CSIRO Publishing.
  • PhD Thesis Academic Excellence award, Office of Graduate Studies, Griffith University.

Roles on government or regional organisation committees

  • Expert Panel Member – Analysis of 2019/2020 bushfire impacts on conservation values in Queensland – Queensland Department of Environment and Science (2020).
  • Expert Panel Member – Risk Specialist Group informing review of environmental regulation of resource activities in Queensland – Queensland Department of Environment and Science (2020).
  • Technical Advisory Group member – Murray-Darling Basin Aquatic Ecosystem Classification project, Commonwealth Environmental Water Office (2012–2013)
  • Scientific Panel member – Cape York Peninsula World Heritage Nomination, Commonwealth Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (2012–2013)
  • Science Review Panel member – Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research, Victorian Government Department of Sustainability and Environment (2012)
  • Science Review Panel member – Northern Australia Land and Water Taskforce (2009).
  • Technical Advisory Panel member – Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Water “Water Resource Plans for the Mary, Logan and Burnett River Basins” (2000-2006)
  • Mary River Cod Recovery Team member – Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (1999–)

Links with non-government groups or networks

  • Prof Kennard maintains strong collaborative links with many natural resource management groups, Indigenous groups, and professional societies.

My Projects

Current projectCompleted project
NESP, 2015-2021NERP, 2012-2015TRaCK, 2005-present