Fitzroy River Statement Authors & Signatories

Professor Craig Moritz

Craig Moritz

Australian National University

Professor Craig Moritz completed his undergraduate at University of Melbourne where he developed his passion for evolutionary biology. For his PhD at ANU, he studied chromosome evolution and speciation in arid zone lizards, along the way discovering all-female reproduction in Bynoe's gecko.

He completed a post doctorate at University of Michigan, before returning to a faculty position at The University of Queensland. From 2000-2012 he was Director of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley. From mid 2012 he happily settled at EEG/RSB as a Professor and ARC Laureate Fellow. Craig is also the Director of the joint ANU-CSIRO Centre for Biodiversity Analysis.

Professor Kingsley Dixon

Kingsley Dixon

Curtin University

Professor Dixon is a John Curtin Distinguished Professor with Curtin’s School of Molecular and Life Science and a Visiting Professor at Kings Park and Botanic Garden. His work in conservation science, restoration ecology and plant science has been fundamental to conserving threatened species and transforming ecological restoration practice in Australia.

His discovery of the chemical in smoke that is responsible for germination in Australian species has had widespread application, being valued at $100 million per annum in terms of potential global benefits to agriculture, mining restoration and horticulture. As Foundation Director of Science at the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority for 32 years, he is acknowledged as the driving force behind the creation of its world-recognised research laboratories.

Associate Professor David Morgan

David Morgan

Murdoch University

Associate Professor David Morgan is a Senior Research Leader of the Freshwater Fish Group & Fish Health Unit. He has spent his career researching fishes throughout Western Australia and documenting the distribution of most inland fish species in the process. 

David’s research focuses on the impacts of introduced fishes in our waterways, safeguarding endangered species and researching the ecology of W.A.'s unique fishes. His research has taken him to most rivers in the Kimberley, Pilbara and the Southwest. He has discovered several new species of fish in Western Australia, and is regarded as one of Western Australia's leading experts on freshwater fish ecology.

Dr Andrew Storey

Andrew Storey

University of Western Australia

Andrew has more than 30 years experience in aquatic ecology, specialising in the ecology and management of fish, invertebrate and waterbird communities of tropical and temperate freshwater systems. In 1995 Andrew established Wetland Research & Management, an environmental research and consultancy group, and has directed numerous biological surveys, impacts assessments and monitoring programs, including various research studies on Kimberley rivers, such as the Fitzroy and Ord Rivers.

He is member of various committees, including WA Threatened Ecological Communities Scientific Committee, and various Technical Advisory Groups (Swan River Trust, Ord River Scientific Panel). He has authored over 75 project reports, and published over 50 scientific papers.

Dr Ryan Vogwill

Ryan Vogwill

Independent Hydrogeologist

Dr Ryan Vogwill has been an influential Hydrogeologist in Western Australia for 15 years. He has undertaken project work and provided advice regarding the management of water resources and environmental impacts across most business areas and across all regions of WA. During time working in Government, he played a significant role in establishing and in the initial application of the Perth Regional Aquifer System Model, a platform for more responsible and informed management of groundwater resources in the Perth region.

He was the Supervising Hydrologist for the Natural Diversity Recovery Catchment Program in the now Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions. He was also formerly an Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia, where he established, coordinated and was the primary lecturer for the Hydrogeology MSc course at UWA.

Dr Anja Skroblin

Anja Skroblin

University of Melbourne

Dr Anja Skroblin is a post-doctoral fellow in the Quantitative and Applied Ecology Group at the University of Melbourne. She is fascinated by the way life-history adaptations influence the distributions, population dynamics and persistence of species in the face of disturbance and threatening processes.

Her research has spanned conservation biology, monitoring, fire ecology, rangelands management, spatial ecology, molecular genetics and evolution. Much of her research bridges the interface between science and on-ground management, and in particular has indicated the management needed to protect the Purple-crowned Fairy-wren, an Endangered endemic of Australia’s northern rivers.

Professor Jeff Connor

Jeff Connor

University of South Australia

Jeff Connor is Professor of Water Economics specialising in quantitative economic, environmental and social integrated systems modelling. He has a history of working closely with governments at local, state, national and international levels to provide policy advice based on rigorous economics. Jeff has worked as an advisor to the Murray Darling Basin Authority, natural resource management boards and state departments for water, agriculture and natural resource management in South Australia, Victoria, and Western Australia and in Bangladesh, Indonesia, China and Laos. 

He has secured and managed over $6 million worth of externally funded research and published over 60 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in water resource and environmental economics. 

Professor Peter Veth

Peter Veth

University of Western Australia

Peter Veth has been involved in archaeological, ethnohistoric, ethnographic and maritime studies throughout Australia, Torres Strait, Maluku Province Indonesia, East Timor and Pitcairn Island. Beginning with surveys on the Sturt Creek of the SE Kimberley in to the Great Sandy Desert in 1980, he has now carried our several hundred projects throughout Greater Australia. His work in the arid region of Western Australia spans more than 30 years and is foundational to the understanding of the entire span of human occupation of the arid zone, from initial Aboriginal occupation until European colonisation. 

Peter has published over 300 peer-reviewed volumes, chapters, papers and reports; produced over 800 public education pieces; and developed new curriculum and research alliances in Australian Indigenous archaeology, maritime archaeology, Native Title and contact studies. 

Professor Sue O'Connor

Sue O'Connor

Australian National University

Professor O’Connor began her career in archaeology at The University of New England before completing her PhD from The University of Western Australia in 1991. Sue's research in the Kimberley spans more than 20 years and provided the first evidence of occupation of the Kimberley region dating back beyond 40,000 years, as well as the earliest evidence for rock art production in Australia. 

Her research interests include the maritime colonisation of Australia and Southeast Asia; interactions between humans and their environment; human impacts on the environment; and rock art. Fieldwork for this research has taken Sue to remote locations such as Arnhem Land, the Kimberley, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Timor Leste. 

 

 

Supporting Organisations

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Supporting Scientists

Title

Name

Affiliation

Professor

Catherine Lovelock

The University of Queensland

Professor

Hugh Possingham

FNAS, FAA, Dphil (Oxford), The University of Queensland

Professor

John Pandolfi

The University of Queensland

Professor

John Quiggin

School of Economics, The University of Queensland

Professor

John Woinarski

Charles Darwin University

Professor

Keith Christian

Charles Darwin University

Professor

Paul Sunnucks

Monash University

Professor

Peter Davies

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), The University of Western Australia

Professor

Pierre Horwitz

Edith Cowan University

Professor

Richard J Hobbs

The University of Western Australia

Professor

Richard Kingsford

University of New South Wales

Professor

Sam Banks

Charles Darwin University

Professor

Tara Martin

University of British Columbia

Professor

Tim Flannery

MSSI, The University of Melbourne

Adjunct Professor

Chris Johansen

The University of Western Australia

Adjunct Professor

William Humphreys

The University of Western Australia

Associate Professor

Jane Balme

The University of Western Australia

Associate Professor

Ben Phillips

The University of Melbourne

Associate Professor

Cynthia Riginos

The University of Queensland

Associate Professor

Jane Elith

The University of Melbourne

Associate Professor

Oscar Venter

University of Northern British Columbia

Associate Professor

Tim Dempster

University of Melbourne

Emeritus Professor Dale Roberts The University of Western Australia

Emeritus Professor

Stephen Mueke

University of New South Wales

Dr

A.N. Start

Principle Research Scientist (Retired) DBCA, Research Associate Western Australian Herbarium

Dr

Adrian Gleiss

Murdoch University

Dr

Alexander Watson

Kimberley Program Manager, WWF-Australia

Dr

Alison O'Donnell

The University of Western Australia

Dr

Amelia Wenger

The University of Queensland

Dr

Anne Poelina

Nulungu Research Institute, The University of Notre Dame

Dr

April Reside

The University of Queensland

Dr

Barbara Wueringer

Director and Principle Scientists, Sharks and Rays Australia

Dr

Barry Traill

Director Outback to Oceans Program, Pew Charitable Trusts; Research fellow Charles Darwin University

Dr

Carla Eisemberg

Charles Darwin University

Dr

Cassandra Rowe

James Cook University

Dr

Chandra Salgado Kent

Curtin University

Dr

Christine Adams-Hosking

Global Change Institute, The University of Queensland

Dr

Christine Schlesinger

Charles Darwin University

Dr

Chrystal Mantyka-Pringle

University of Saskatechewan

Dr

David Duncan

The University of Melbourne

Dr

Erica Garcia

TRACK, Charles Darwin University

Dr

Fiona Jean Ede

University of Melbourne

Dr

Jessie Wells

The University of Queensland

Dr

Joe Greet

The University of Melbourne

Dr

Katherine Selwood

University of Melbourne

Dr

Kathy Townsend

University of Sunshine Coast

Dr

Leon A. Barmuta

University of Tasmania

Dr

Matthew Le Feuvre

University of Melbourne

Dr

Michelle L Hall

The University of Melbourne

Dr

Michelle Lim

Adelaide Law School, University of Adelaide

Dr

Neil Pettit

The University of Western Australia

Dr

Nerida Wilson

Western Australian Museum

Dr

Nicole Phillips

The University of Southern Mississippi

Dr

Pauline Grierson

The University of Western Australia

Dr

Peter Kyne

Charles Darwin University

Dr

Reid Tingley

The University of Melbourne

Dr

Renee Gruber

The University of Western Australia

Dr

Rujiporn Thavornkanlapachai

The University of Melbourne

Dr

Sam Nicol

PhD Mathematics / Ecology

Dr

Selina Ward

The University of Queensland, Director (International River Foundation), Councilor (Australian Coral Reef Society)

Dr

Tim Maloney

Griffith University

Dr

Nigel E. Hussey

The University of Windsor

Dr

Yung En Chee

The University of Melbourne

Dr

Gary Scott

University of the Sunshine Coast 

Dr 

Ross G. Dwyer

The University of Queensland

Dr

Malcolm Lindsay

Kimberley Nature Project

Dr

Mike Christensen EIANZ, SWCC

Dr

Tegan Davies

The University of Western Australia

Dr

Scott Thompson

EIANZ

Dr

Bill Kruse

Consultant Anthropologist

Dr

Mark Allen

Western Australian Museum

Dr

Glenn Moore

Western Australian Museum

Dr

Simon Clulow

Macquarie University

PhD Candidate

Jordan Iles

The University of Western Australia

PhD Candidate

Caroline Mather The University of Western Australia

PhD Candidate

Glenn Althor

The University of Queensland

PhD Candidate

Jessica Cheok

James Cook University

PhD Candidate

Karissa Lear

Murdoch University

PhD Candidate

Kate Buckley

Charles Darwin University

PhD Candidate

Madeline May Goddard

Charles Darwin University

PhD Candidate

Micha Jackson

The University of Queensland

PhD Candidate

Naomi Indigo

University of Technology Sydney

PhD Candidate

Rosalie Willacy

The University of Queensland

PhD Candidate

Síofra Sealy 

Monash University

 

Donna Bagnall

Curtin University

 

Dion Wedd

Charles Darwin University

 

Andrew Del Marco

Deputy President (WA), EIANZ

 

Nigel Jackett

Warden, Broome Bird Observatory

 

Steve Wilke

EIANZ

 

Simonne Grimes

EIANZ

 

George Swann 
Kimberley Bird Watching 

 

Susan Davies
Principal Environmental Consultant, WRM

 

Jess Delaney
Principal Environmental Consultant, WRM

 

Kim Nguyen
Senior Environmental Consultant, WRM

 

Bonita Clarke
Senior Environmental Consultant, WRM

 

Chris Hofmeester
Senior Environmental Consultant, WRM

 

Emma Thillainath
Environmental Consultant, WRM

 

Fintan Angel
Environmental Consultant, WRM

 

Adam Harman
Principal Environmental Consultant, WRM