Water managed and ‘allocated’ to the environment is commonly known as ‘environmental flows’. The critical step in determining appropriate environmental flows is predicting how particular changes in river flows might affect natural ecological assets. This project investigated the relationship between flow and several specific assets of tropical rivers.
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Pusey BJ, Kennard MJ, Douglas M, Allsop Q. (2016). Fish assemblage dynamics in an intermittent river of the northern Australian wet–dry tropics. Ecol Freshw Fish. 2018;27:78–88. https://doi.org/10.1111/eff.12325
Pettit, N., Warfe, D., Kennard, M., Pusey, B., Davies, P., & Douglas, M. (2013). DYNAMICS OF IN‐STREAM WOOD AND ITS IMPORTANCE AS FISH HABITAT IN A LARGE TROPICAL FLOODPLAIN RIVER. River Research and Applications, 29(7), 864-875. doi: 10.1002/rra.2580
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Warfe, D., Jardine, T., Pettit, N., Hamilton, S., Pusey, B., Bunn, S., Davies, P. and Douglas, M. 2013. Productivity, Disturbance and Ecosystem Size Have No Influence on Food Chain Length in Seasonally Connected Rivers. PLoS One,8(6):1-11. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0066240
Jardine, T. D., Bond, N. A., Burford, M. A., Ward, D. P., Bayliss, P., Davies, P.M., Douglas, M.M., Hamilton, S. K., Kennard, M. J., Melack, J. M., Naiman, R. J., Olley, J., Pettit, N. E., Pusey, B. J., Warfe, D. M. and Bunn, S. E. (2015). Does flood rhythm drive ecosystem responses in tropical riverscapes? Ecology 96: 684-692
Jackson SE, Douglas MM, Kennard MJ, Pusey BJ, Huddleston J, Harney B, Liddy L, Liddy M, Liddy R, Sullivan L, Huddleston B, Banderson M, McMah A & Allsop Q. 2014. “We like to listen to stories about fish”: integrating indigenous ecological and scientific knowledge to inform environmental flow assessments. Ecology and Society 19(1): 43. http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-05874-190143
Warfe, D., Pettit, N., Magierowski, R., Pusey, B., Davies, P., Douglas, M., & Bunn, S. (2013). Hydrological connectivity structures concordant plant and animal assemblages according to niche rather than dispersal processes. Freshwater Biology, 58(2), 292-305. doi: 10.1111/fwb.12058
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
Davies P.M., Naiman R.J., Warfe D.M., Pettit N.E., Arthington A.H., Bunn S.E. (2013). Flow–ecology relationships: closing the loop on effective environmental flows. Marine and Freshwater Research 65, 133-141. https://doi.org/10.1071/MF13110
Chan, T., Hart, B., Kennard, M., Pusey, B., Shenton, W., Douglas, M., . . . Patel, S. (2012). Bayesian network models for environmental flow decision making in the Daly River, Northern Territory, Australia. River Research and Applications, 28(3), 283-301. doi: 10.1002/rra.1456
Pettit, N., Davies, T., Fellman, J., Grierson, P., Warfe, D., & Davies, P. 2012. Leaf litter chemistry, decomposition and assimilation by macroinvertebrates in two tropical streams. Hydrobiologia, 680(1), 63-77. doi: 10.1007/s10750-011-0903-1
Jardine, T., Pusey, D., Hamilton, B., Pettit, J., Davies, S., Douglas, K., . . . Bunn, P. (2012). Fish mediate high food web connectivity in the lower reaches of a tropical floodplain river. Oecologia, 168(3), 829-838. doi: 10.1007/s00442-011-2148-0
Warfe, D., Pettit, N., Davies, P., Pusey, B., Hamilton, S., Kennard, M., . . . Halliday, I. (2011). The ‘wet–dry’ in the wet–dry tropics drives river ecosystem structure and processes in northern Australia. Freshwater Biology, 56(11), 2169-2195. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2427.2011.02660.x
The project was led by Professor Peter Davis from the University of Western Australia. He was supported by a range of researchers with different technical expertise from Charles Darwin University, NT Fisheries Research Branch, Griffith University, Monash University and the Australian National University.