William O’Connor – Masters of BioScience at the University of Melbourne

Research project – Exploring the influence of river flows, floodplain productivity and invasive species on the recruitment of native fishes.

The transition of larval fish into young-of-year is a critical stage in the life history of freshwater fish. There are, however, key knowledge gaps remaining in the processes that govern recruitment success. This Masters project will explore and identify the relative importance of hydrology, floodplain habitat and invasive species management to native fish growth and recruitment. Understanding these processes is essential for ensuring strong native fish species populations and healthy lowland river ecosystems. They will use existing fish collections and augment these with new samples to examine how environmental conditions and carp affect juvenile native fish growth and survival.

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