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.
Cook, B., Adams, M., Unmack, P., Burrows, D., Pusey, B., Perna, C., & Hughes, J. (2017). Phylogeography of the mouth-brooding freshwater fish Glossamia aprion (Apogonidae) in northern and eastern Australia: Historical biogeography and allopatric speciation. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 121(4), 833–848. https://doi.org/10.1093/biolinnean/blx035
Huey, J., Cook, B., Unmack, P., & Hughes, J. (2013). Broadscale phylogeographic structure of five freshwater fishes across the Australian Monsoonal Tropics. Freshwater Science, 33(1), 273–287. https://doi.org/10.1086/674984
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
Cook, B., Page, T., & Hughes, J. (2011). Molecular and conservation biogeography of freshwater caridean shrimps in north-western Australia. In H., C., Koenemann, S., Schubart, C. D. (Ed.), Phylogeography and population genetics in Crustacea (Vol. 19, pp. 273–287). United States: CRC Press.
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
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
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.