Developing novel methods to monitor fish populations and habitat use in wetlands of Kakadu National Park

Developing novel methods to monitor fish populations and habitat use in wetlands of Kakadu National Park

Project Description:

Fish community monitoring in the Alligator Rivers Region of the Northern Territory has been on-going since the 1980s. The current methods used in these long-term programs rely on visual census methods that can be biased, semi-quantitative and have potential safety risks. Remote camera techniques for monitoring fish populations have been applied in other environments, but their use is limited in freshwater systems, particularly wetlands.

This project principally aims to develop a quantitative and repeatable remote camera fish monitoring method to replace the current visual census method. The project will make use of  the new technique and extensive previous data sets to explore comparative habitat use, movement and behaviour characteristics of fish in various wetland habitats of Kakadu National Park throughout different periods of the hydrological cycle.

This is a collaborative project between Charles Darwin University (CDU) and the Office of the Supervising Scientist Division of the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPaC). The project will be jointly supervised by Assoc. Prof. Alison King (CDU), and Dr. Amy George (DSEWPaC). Other members of the supervisory panel are Assoc. Prof. David Crook (CDU), Prof. Michael Douglas (CDU) and Dr. Chris Humphrey (DSEWPaC). More information about CDU’s Research Institute for Environment and Livelihoods can be found at



To be eligible for this top-up scholarship, the applicant must meet CDU Australian Postgraduate Award requirements, be prepared to start full-time candidature in March 2014,  meet the normal requirements of CDU Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA) with a closing date of 31st October 2013 (details can be found at, and provide a curriculum vitae and brief expression of interest to Alison King before this date.



It is expected the project will involve a significant amount of fieldwork in remote locations and will also develop close working relationships with Indigenous Traditional Owners of the region. The applicant will need a high academic record to be competitive for a APA. Previous field experience is desirable, in particular working on fish. Experience with camera technologies is also desirable.

The scholarship includes an industry stipend top-up of $10,000 AUD per annum (in addition to the APA) with some operating funds provided by CDU and DSEWPaC.


For further information please contact Assoc. Prof Alison King, (08) 8946 6754.

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