River foodwebs

The food webs of Australia’s tropical rivers are poorly understood yet provide the foundation for healthy rivers.  This project explored how these food webs are structured to support complex river ecosystems.  Using a variety of experiments scientists identified the sources of organic matter which kick-start tropical river food webs, which animals exert a strong control in the food chain and how land and water based food webs relate to one another.

The project was led by Professor Michael Douglas from Charles Darwin University. Professor Douglas was supported by scientists from Griffith University, University of WA, and the Northern Territory and Western Australian Governments.