Assoc Prof Alison King
Alison is a Principal Research Fellow in RIEL, who is an internationally published aquatic ecologist, with broad research interests in the ecology of floodplain rivers. Her main research interests have focused on investigating the importance of freshwater flows in the ecology of fish, particularly fish recruitment, life history adaptations, environmental flows and flow-ecology relationships. She has a strong background in working collaboratively with a range of stakeholders to ensure improved management through knowledge generation and adaptive management, particularly in optimising flows for improved ecological outcomes.
Alison has published over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, 2 book chapters and numerous reports, and she also regularly presents her research at conferences and workshops. She has also been invited to present keynote presentations at conferences and workshops, and recently at the Australian Academy of Science and Australian Society for Fish Biology. She has also received numerous awards recognising her scientific work, such as the DSE David Ashton Biodiversity Award, and recently received the 2012 Australian Society for Fish Biology’s Early Career Excellence Award.
Alison completed her undergraduate studies at Charles Sturt University, before undertaking her PhD (Monash University, completed 2002). Alison then led a small team of researchers at the Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research (Victorian Government, Dept Sustainability and Environment) from 2002 to 2011, where she investigated the importance of flows in the ecology of fish, particularly their environmental flow requirements. Her role at CDU currently involves developing new research areas in tropical riverine ecology, especially the importance of flows and water availability in shaping ecological relationships. She is also actively collaborating with external partners, particularly NT Fisheries, where she has recently been co-appointed by Northern Territory Fisheries to help develop a strategic research partnership between CDU and NT Fisheries.