Assoc Prof Alison King

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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.

Year Type Citation
2013 Journal Article Vilizzi, L. et al. Model development of a Bayesian Belief Network for managing inundation events for wetland fish. Environmental Modelling & Software 41, 1 - 14 (2013).
2013 Book Chapter King, A. J. & McCaster, N. Ecology of Australian Freshwater Fishes (Humphries, P.) 1, 152-192 (CSIRO, 2013).
2013 Journal Article Tonkin, Z. et al. Does localized control of invasive eastern gambusia (Poeciliidae: Gambusia holbrooki ) increase population growth of generalist wetland fishes?. Austral Ecology n/a - n/a (2013). doi:10.1111/aec.12088
2012 Journal Article Beesley, L. et al. Does watering affect spatio-temporal variation of fish assemblages in temperate floodplain wetlands?. Freshwater Biology 57, (2012).
2012 Journal Article Macdonald, J. I. et al. Do invasive eastern gambusia (Gambusia holbrooki) shape wetland fish assemblage structure in south-eastern Australia?. Marine and Freshwater Research 63, 659 (2012).
2012 Journal Article Vilizzi, L. et al. The belief index: An empirical measure for evaluating outcomes in Bayesian belief network modelling. Ecological Modelling 228, 123 - 129 (2012).
2012 Journal Article Macdonald, J. I. et al. Do invasive eastern gambusia (Gambusia holbrooki) shape wetland fish assemblage structure in south-eastern Australia?. Marine and Freshwater Research 63, 659 (2012).
2012 Journal Article Gawne, B. et al. A Bayesian Belief Network Decision Support Tool for Watering Wetlands to Maximise Native Fish Outcomes. Wetlands 32, 277 - 287 (2012).
2012 Journal Article King, A. J., TONKIN, Z. & Lieshcke, J. Short-term effects of a prolonged blackwater event on aquatic fauna in the Murray River, Australia: considerations for future events. Marine and Freshwater Research 63, 576 (2012).
2011 Journal Article Tonkin, Z. D., King, A. J., ROBERTSON, A. L. I. S. T. A. R. I. & Ramsey, D. S. L. Early fish growth varies in response to components of the flow regime in a temperate floodplain river. Freshwater Biology 56, 1769 - 1782 (2011).
2011 Journal Article Morrongiello, J. R., Crook, D. A., King, A. J., Ramsey, D. S. L. & Brown, P. Impacts of drought and predicted effects of climate change on fish growth in temperate Australian lakes. Global Change Biology 17, (2011).
2010 Journal Article King, A. J. et al. Adaptive management of an environmental watering event to enhance native fish spawning and recruitment. Freshwater Biology 55, 17 - 31 (2010).
2009 Journal Article King, A. J., TONKIN, Z. & MAHONEY, J. Environmental flow enhances native fish spawning and recruitment in the Murray River, Australia. River Research and Applications 25, 1205 - 1218 (2009).
2008 Journal Article Tonkin, Z. D., Ramsey, D. S. L. & King, A. J. Larval and juvenile Australian smelt Retropinna semoni somatic and otolith growth parameters - implications for growth interpretation of wild fish. Ecology of Freshwater Fish 17, 489 - 494 (2008).
2008 Journal Article TONKIN, Z., King, A. J. & Ramsey, D. S. L. Otolith increment width responses of juvenile Australian smelt Retropinna semoni to sudden changes in food levels: the importance of feeding history. Journal of Fish Biology 73, 853 - 860 (2008).
2008 Journal Article Tonkin, Z., King, A. J. & Mahoney, J. Effects of flooding on recruitment and dispersal of the Southern Pygmy Perch ( Nannoperca australis ) at a Murray River floodplain wetland. Ecological Management & Restoration 9, 196 - 201 (2008).

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