Research Archives - Australian River Restoration Centre

  • Big floods, high costs – why are we so reluctant to change the way we model flooding in Australia?

    Australia’s laid back iconic attitude of ‘if it isn’t broken- don’t fix it” is often admirable; we are a nation that ‘goes with the flow’, rolls up our sleeves and get ‘stuck in’ following natural disasters like floods.  Community response around Lismore these past few weeks is certainly testimony to this attitude, with every shop […]

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  • The importance of waterholes – vital parts of our riverine systems

    How important are our waterholes in providing refuge during extended dry periods? Jonathan Marshall shares the results of research into waterhole location and persistence in our northern Basin rivers. In finalising the Basin Plan, the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) agreed to do further research in the northern Basin as part of a Northern Basin Review. […]

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  • One ‘flow’ does not ‘fit’ all fish

    It is sometimes assumed that providing flows of any magnitude, velocity, rate and frequency will benefit fish, however, as Kat Cheshire and Anthony Townsend explain, we need to provide a range of flows to meet different fish needs. There are 46 native fish species in the Murray-Darling Basin (MDB). Each of these species has evolved […]

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  • Rivers of Hope – crayfish lead the campaign for healthy waterways

    ANU biologists are helping crayfish lead the campaign for fresher waterways along the west of Canberra.  Biologist Dr Chris Fulton and Masters student Mae Noble have spent time snorkelling in the Goobarragandra River, in the high country west of Canberra, hoping to catch a glimpse of the Murray Crayfish. Six years ago, this was an […]

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  • Colonial nesting waterbirds – where do they feed, breed and fly?

    While many of us have watched egrets elegantly wade and forage in the shallows of a wetland, or looked to the sky to see an ibis flock intact in V-formation, our knowledge of the demographics and movements of waterbird populations is shockingly scarce. Colonial-nesting waterbirds are considered common and conspicuous, and are often thought to […]

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  • Where does Australia’s wildlife hide?

    We often think that rural areas are the home to Australian animals, not cities, but, did you know that Australian cities and towns are home to 30% of Australia’s threatened species? That is, 30% of Australia’s threatened species are found in just 0.23% of Australia’s total land area!  A recent paper entitled Cities are hotspots for threatened […]

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  • What is “the good life”?

    We all want to find the key to living “the good life” – one that is fulfilling, and one in which we are healthy and happy. A popular view is that happiness is found in money or fame, however, Harvard researchers have found something far more important: that the secret to a good life is in […]

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  • Google’s surprising discovery about what makes an effective team…

    I do a lot of work facilitating meetings and groups, and one of the things I really notice is that teams that have a strong foundation of respect and support for each other, are the ones that thrive.  By ‘thrive’ I mean they share a common purpose, value each other’s contribution, and trust that they […]

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  • Today’s water management decisions will shape tomorrow’s world

    We understand that sometimes it is difficult to see the big picture of what is happening in the environment. How can something we do today impact the future? Does it really matter? Here at the ARRC, we know that it does matter, that the decisions we make today will have a profound influence on how […]

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  • Wolves shaping rivers? Yellowstone Park tells an amazing tail (tale)!

    When I watched this four minute video sent to me by my film-maker friend Richard Snashall, I was gobsmacked.  Wolves shaping rivers? surely not.  But yes, this is an amazing story of what happens when we reintroduce an animal back into their habitat, and they re-instate the ‘trophic cascade’ they were originally part of. When wolves […]

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