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Researcher: Barmuta, LA (Associate Professor Leon Barmuta)

Fields of Research

Freshwater Ecology
Conservation and Biodiversity
Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology)
Environmental Management
Population Ecology
Environmental Impact Assessment
Terrestrial Ecology
Community Ecology
Ecosystem Function
Natural Resource Management
Isotope Geochemistry
Ecological Impacts of Climate Change
Evolutionary Biology
Zoology
Education
Animal Behaviour
Forestry Management and Environment
Environmental Monitoring
Behavioural Ecology
Palaeoecology
Surfacewater Hydrology
Host-Parasite Interactions
Cell Metabolism
Specialist Studies in Education
Biogeography and Phylogeography
Population, Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics
Invertebrate Biology
Landscape Ecology
Wildlife and Habitat Management
Environmental Engineering Modelling
Turbulent Flows
Palaeoclimatology
Civil Engineering
Earth Sciences
Inorganic Geochemistry
Agricultural Hydrology (Drainage, Flooding, Irrigation, Quality, etc.)
Environmental Technologies
Bacteriology
Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
Animal Physiology - Systems
Mechanical Engineering
Environmental Chemistry (incl. Atmospheric Chemistry)

Research Objectives

Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Environments
Land and Water Management of environments
Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Forest and Woodlands Environments
Forest and Woodlands Land Management
Forest and Woodlands Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Environment
Mountain and High Country Land and Water Management
Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Coastal and Estuarine Environments
Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water in Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Environments (excl. Urban and Industrial Use)
Control of Animal Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species in Coastal and Estuarine Environments
Mountain and High Country Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Mountain and High Country Environments
Ecosystem Assessment and Management
Education and Training Systems
Harvesting and Transport of Forest Products
Coastal and Estuarine Land Management
Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments
Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation
Climate Change Adaptation Measures
Hydro-Electric Energy
Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Air Quality
Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Fisheries - Wild Caught
Control of Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species at Regional or Larger Scales
Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity at Regional or Larger Scales
Forest and Woodlands Water Management
Social Impacts of Climate Change and Variability
Expanding Knowledge in the Earth Sciences
Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Australia (excl. Social Impacts)
Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards
Native Forests
Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
Remnant Vegetation and Protected Conservation Areas in Urban and Industrial Environments
Remnant Vegetation and Protected Conservation Areas
Control of Plant Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species in Coastal and Estuarine Environments
Coastal and Estuarine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Coastal and Estuarine Water Management
Urban and Industrial Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Land Management
Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Water Management
Palliative Care
Control of Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species in Mountain and High Country Environments
Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water for Urban and Industrial Use
Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Environments
Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Urban and Industrial Environments
Ecosystem Adaptation to Climate Change
Wind Energy
Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Land and Water Management
Ecosystem Assessment and Management at Regional or Larger Scales
Rehabilitation of Degraded Forest and Woodlands Environments
Urban and Industrial Water Management
Consumption Patterns, Population Issues and the Environment
Control of Animal Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species in Forest and Woodlands Environments
Aerospace Equipment
Urban Water Policy

Career Best Publications

Habitat structural complexity mediates food web dynamics in a freshwater macrophyte community; Oecologia
Habitat structural complexity mediates the foraging success of multiple predator species; Oecologia
Imperilled rivers of Australia: Challenges for assessment and conservation; Aquatic Ecosystem Health & Management
Methodological and conceptual issues in the search for a relationship between animal body-size distributions and benthic habitat architecture; Marine and Freshwater Research
Monitoring Ecological Impacts - Concepts and practice in flowing waters; Cambridge University Press
Niche differentiation among sympatric Australian dasyurid carnivores; Journal of Mammalogy
Quantifying spatial heterogeneity in streams; Journal of the North American Benthological Society
Reproductive biology of the threatened golden galaxias Galaxias auratus Johnston and in the influence of lake hydrology; Journal of Fish Biology
Upstream heterogeneous zones: small stream systems structured by a lack of competence?; Journal of North American Benthological Society

Research Publications

A global experiment suggests climate warming will not accelerate litter decomposition in streams but might reduce carbon sequestration; Ecology Letters
A shift in the habitat use pattern of a lentic galaxiid fish: an acute behavioural response to an introduced predator; Environmental Biology of Fishes
Aligning Information Literacy with the Faculty Teaching and Learning Agenda; Australian Academic & Research Libraries
Allochthonous dissolved organic matter controls bacterial carbon production in old-growth and clearfelled headwater streams; Freshwater Science
Amplified predation after fire suppresses rodent populations in Australia’s tropical savannas; Wildlife Research
Are streamside buffers edge-affected habitat for ground-dwelling forest beetle assemblages? ; Biodiversity and Conservation
Biogeochemical controls on nutrient loadings in the Derwent River Catchment, Tasmania; 26th Goldschmidt Conference
Biotic and abiotic variables influencing plant litter breakdown in streams: A global study; Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Breeding site characteristics regulating life history traits of the brown tree frog, Litoria ewingii; Hydrobiologia
Bridging the gap between 'planning' and 'doing' for biodiversity conservation in freshwaters; Freshwater Biology
Challenging students to think critically: a science unit focussing on generic skills; HERDSA 2003
Comparison of day and night fyke netting, electrofishing and snorkelling for monitoring a population of the threatened golden galaxias (Galaxias auratus); Hydrobiologia
Comparisons of benthic communities adjacent to riparian native eucalypt and introduced willow vegetation; Freshwater Biology
Diet overlap and relative abundance of sympatric dasyurid carnivores: a hypothesis of competition; Journal of Animal Ecology
Different light conditions influence the activity of Eusthenia costalis Banks (Plecoptera: Eustheniidae); Aquatic Insects
Discovering hidden biodiversity: The use of complementary monitoring of fish diet based on DNA barcoding in freshwater ecosystems; Ecology and Evolution
Does clearfell, burn and sow silviculture mimic the effect of wildfire? A field study and review using litter beetles; Forest Ecology and Management
Ecological interactions and the Ross river virus vector, Aedes camptorhynchus (Diptera: Culicidae), in Tasmania; 43rd AGM & Scientific Conference and Australasian Arachnological Society 2012
Effects of exotic riparian vegetation on leaf breakdown by shredders: a tropical-temperate comparison; Freshwater Science
Errata: Reproductive biology of the threatened golden galaxias; Journal of Fish Biology
Estimating edge effects on ground dwelling beetles at clearfelled non-riparian stand edges in Tasmanian wet eucalypt forest; Forest Ecology and Management
Estuarine health in Tasmania, status and indicators: water quality
Evaluating spatial autocorrelation and depletion in pitfall-trap studies of environmental gradients; Journal of Insect Conservation
Feeding-preference trials: confirm unexpected stable isotope analysis results: freshwater macroinvertebrates do consume macrophytes; Marine and Freshwater Research
Floristic description and environmental relationships of Tasmanian Sphagnum communities and their conservation management; Australian Journal of Botany
Forest clearance increases metabolism and organic matter processes in small headwater streams; Journal of the North American Benthological Society
Further examination of the life histories of galaxiid fishes in Great Lake and other lentic waters in central Tasmania, and the influence of lake hydrology on the viability of their populations
Further examination of the life history attributes of galaxiid fishes in Arthurs Lake and Great Lake, central Tasmania, and the influence of lake hydrology on the viability of their populations
Global patterns of stream detritivore distribution: implications for biodiversity loss in changing climates; Global Ecology and Biogeography
Greater phosphorus uptake in forested headwater streams modified by clearfell forestry; Hydrobiologia
Guidelines for water quality monitoring and reporting; Australasian Journal of Ecotoxicology
Habitat structural complexity mediates food web dynamics in a freshwater macrophyte community; Oecologia
Habitat structural complexity mediates the foraging success of multiple predator species; Oecologia
Imperilled rivers of Australia: Challenges for assessment and conservation; Aquatic Ecosystem Health & Management
Incorporating biological assessment into new generation water quality guidelines in Australia and New Zealand; Australasian Journal of Ecotoxicology
Influence of sample quantification and taxonomic resolution on the ordination of macroinvertebrate communities from running waters in Victoria, Australia; Marine and Freshwater Research
Interactions between the introduced yabby, Cherax destructor, and the endemic crayfish, Astacopsis franklinii, in Tasmanian streams; Freshwater Crayfish 11
Interpreting the Output of the National River Bioassessment Protocol to Support Management Decisions
Interpreting the outputs from AUSRIVAS
Isotopic fingerprinting of atmospheric nitrogen and sulfur using lichens (Cladia retipora) in Tasmania, Australia; Applied Geochemistry
Joining the dots: Integrating climate and hydrological projections with freshwater ecosystem values to develop adaptation options for conserving freshwater biodiversity; National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility
Land use affects temporal variation in stream metabolism; Freshwater Science
Life histories of galaxiid fishes in Arthurs Lake and Great Lake, Tasmania, and effects of water level fluctuations on their populations
Life histories of galaxiid fishes in Arthurs Lake and Great Lake, Tasmania, and effects of water level fluctuations on their populations
Litter retention in Tasmanian headwater streams after clear-fell logging; Hydrobiologia: The International Journal on Limnology and Marine Sciences
Macroinvertebrate and water quality responses to low flows in Tasmanian rivers
Metabolic patch dynamics in small headwater streams: exploring spatial and temporal variability in benthic processes; Freshwater Biology
Methodological and conceptual issues in the search for a relationship between animal body-size distributions and benthic habitat architecture; Marine and Freshwater Research
Monitoring and research requirements for Chrophyte algal beds in Great Lake 2003 and beyond
Monitoring Ecological Impacts - Concepts and practice in flowing waters; Cambridge University Press
Mosquito distribution in a saltmarsh: determinants of eggs in a variable environment; Journal of Vector Ecology
Mosquito ecology and management of Ross River virus vector, Aedes camptorhynchus (Thomson) (Diptera: Culicidae); Ecological Society of Australia Conference
Niche differentiation among sympatric Australian dasyurid carnivores; Journal of Mammalogy
Nocturnal and diurnal feeding by Galaxias auratus, a lentic galaxiid fish; Ecology of Freshwater Fish
Quantifying habitat structure: surface convolution and living space for species in complex environments; Oikos
Quantifying spatial heterogeneity in streams; Journal of the North American Benthological Society
Reproductive biology of the threatened golden galaxias Galaxias auratus Johnston and in the influence of lake hydrology; Journal of Fish Biology
Resource limitation, controphic ostracod density and larval mosquito development; PLoS One
Response of ground-dwelling beetles across logging coupe edges into streamside reserves; Australian Journal of Entomology
River conservation in a changing world: invertebrate diversity and spatial prioritisation in south-eastern coastal Australia; Marine and Freshwater Research
Salt marshes of south-eastern Tasmania: biotic and abiotic factors and their relationship with the Ross River virus vector, Aedes camptorhynchus (Thomson) (Diptera: Culicidae); Ecological Society of Australia Conference
Site effects outweigh riparian influences on ground-dwelling beetles adjacent to first order streams in wet eucalypt forest; Biodiversity and Conservation
Spawning related seasonal variation in fyke net catches of golden galaxias (Galaxias auratus): implications for monitoring lacustrine galaxiid populations; Fisheries Management and Ecology
Spawning-related fungal infection of golden galaxias Galaxias auratus (Galaxiidae); Journal of Fish Biology
Status of galaxiid fishes in Tasmania, Australia: conservation listings, threats and management issues; Aquatic Conservation: marine and freshwater ecosystems
Substrate complexity influences the preference of a predatory stonefly, Eusthenia costalis BANKS (Plecoptera: Eustheniidae), for its prey; Archiv fur Hydrobiologie
Temporal patterns and environmental correlates of macroinvertebrate communities in temporary streams; PLoS ONE
The ecology of rivers with contrasting flow regimes: identifying indicators for setting environmental flows; Freshwater Biology
The effect of two scales of habitat architecture on benthic grazing in a river; Freshwater Biology
The effects of leaf toughness on feeding preference by two Tasmanian shredders; Hydrobiologia: The International Journal on Limnology and Marine Sciences
The effects of turbidity and complex habitats on the feeding of a galaxiid fish are clear and simple; Marine and Freshwater Research
The effects of willow and eucalypt leaves on feeding preference and growth of some Australian aquatic macroinvertebrates; Australian Journal of Ecology
The impact of an introduced predator on a threatened galaxiid fish is reduced by the availability of complex habitats; Freshwater Biology
The imperative need for nationally coordinated bioassessment of rivers and streams; Marine and Freshwater Research
The importance of headwater streams
The palaeobiogeography of the Antarctic freshwater fauna; XVII INQUA Congress (2007)
The responses of a lotic mayfly Nousia sp (Ephemeroptera : Leptophlebiidae) to moving water and light of different wavelengths; Freshwater Biology
The sensitivity of AusRivAS to variations of input values, low natural diversity and temporal variation
Threatened fishes of the world: Galaxias auratus Johnston, 1883 (Galaxiidae); Environmental Biology of Fishes
Tolerance of a rapid biological assessment method to measurement errors; Proceedings of Verhandlungen der Internationale Vereinigung fur Theoretische und Angewandte Limnologie
Tracing atmospheric nitrogen and sulphur deposition in Tasmania using isotopic fingerprinting in lichens; 26th Goldschmidt Conference
Transmissible cancer in Tasmanian devils: localized lineage replacement and host population response; Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Upstream heterogeneous zones: small stream systems structured by a lack of competence?; Journal of North American Benthological Society
Using fractal geometry to make rapid field measurements of riverbed topography at ecologically useful spatial scales; Marine and Freshwater Research
Variation in stream organic matter processing among years and benthic habitats in response to forest clearfelling; Forest Ecology and Management
Vector mosquitoes increase generation time in the presence of competitors owing to resource limitation; 98th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America
What do we teach them and what are they learning? Evaluation and assessment of the information literacy skills of science students; UniServe Science
Why conservation reserves should not always be concentrated in riparian areas: A study of ground-dwelling beetles in wet eucalypt forest; Biological Conservation
Woody debris input and function in old-growth and clear-felled headwater streams; Forest Ecology and Management
Zoological survey near proposed road modifications between Limekiln Point and Murphys Flat

Research Projects

Algae species composition and nutrient dynamics of a regulated river; Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment (HWRE)
Algal blooms and declining water quality: identifying key nutrient sources using isotopic fingerprinting; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Antarctic Freshwater Lake Fauna: Palaeobiogeography, Palaeoecology and Applications to Climate change Studies ; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
Antarctic Freshwater Lake Fauna: Palaeogeography, Palaeoecology and Application to Climate Change Studies; Australian Institute of Nuclear Science & Engineering (AINSE)
Approaches to evaluating the biological structure of stream ecosystems; Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment (HWRE)
Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Processes of Headwater Streams in Natural and Managed Catchments; Institute of Foresters of Australia (IFA)
Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Processes of Headwater Streams in Natural and Managed Catchments; Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment (HWRE)
Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Processes of Headwater Streams in Natural and Managed Catchments: Surveys of Large Woody Debris; Forestry Tasmania (FT)
Can stable isotope analyses elucidate food chains in rivers?; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Colonization of river beds: physical constraints; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Developing a Holistic Flow Framework for Tasmania's Catchments; Natural Heritage Trust (NHT)
Direct and indirect effects of habitat patchiness: experimental tests using stream benthos; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Do Introduced Brown Trout have Stronger Effects on Stream Biota than Native Fish?; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Effects of near-bed flow regimes on benthic colonization and distribution; Land and Water Australia (LWA)
Flow Regimes and the Distribution and Use of Detritus in a River; Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water & Environment (DPIPWE)
How does Forestry Impact Headwater Streams?; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Improvement of Water Conveying Efficiency in Hydroelectric Power Generation Systems by Optimising Pipe Friction Losses; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Influence of Willows on Stream Ecosystems.; Centre for Catchment and Instream Research, Griffith University (CCIR)
Interpreting the output of the national bioassessment protocol to support management decisions; Land and Water Australia (LWA)
Joining the dots: integrating climate and hydrological models to manage risks and develop options for conserving freshwater biodiversity; Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (DCCEE)
Program 4.1-Water Quality and Quantity; CRC Forestry Ltd (CRCF)
Recovery of headwater streams after logging; Forest Practices Authority (FPA)
Recovery of riverine benthos from a major natural flood; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Refuges and Predatory Interactions in Freshwater Benthos.; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Resilience of lake ecosystems to water-level manipulation; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Rough Rivers: Living Below Turbulent Water; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Supplementary Funding; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
The impact of willow management practices on instream biota; Land and Water Australia (LWA)
Tracing water quality changes in water-level manipulated lakes in central Tasmania using high resolution core scanning and isotopic dating techniques; Australian Institute of Nuclear Science & Engineering (AINSE)
Water Resources and Freshwater Biodiversity Adaptation Research Network; Department of Climate Change (DOCC)
What determines the transition between clear and turbid water in central Tasmanian lakes; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Analysing trends in native fish data from Great Lake
Anzecc Water Quality Guidelines
Assessment of Freshwater Values in Hydrowood Operations
AUSRIVAS error analysis Phase One and Two
Biodiversity Review Expert Panel: Freshwater
Dunns Creek Environmental Flows Survey
Expert review of Basslink in-stream biota studies: Proposed mitigation project
Great Lake Algal Bed Study 2002-2003
Gunns Pulpmill Outfall: refining marine benthic monitoring
Gunns Pulpmill Outfall: refining marine benthic monitoring Phase 2
Inglis River Water Management Plan
Invertebrates of Great Lake
Projects Integration for the Revision of the Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for Fresh and Marine Water Quality
Reanalysis of Geomorphic Domains for the conservation of Freshwater Ecosystem Values Project
Research conducted by PhD Candidate Ryan Burrows
Review of Monitoring Strategies for Managed Tasmanian Lakes
Threatened Galaxiid Fish of Arthurs and Great Lakes

Research Candidate Supervision

An Ecological, Morphological and Molecular Investigation of Beddomeia Species (Gastropoda- Hydrobiidae) in Tasmania
An Evaluation of Indonesia's Indian Ocean Tuna Longline Fisheries, Based on Historical and Newly Established Sources of Catch and Effort Information
Approaches to evaluating the biological structure of stream ecosystems
Appropriate Models for Environmental Impact Assessment in Rivers.
Assessing the Impact of Intraspecific and Interspecific Interactions on Tasmanian Rock Lobster (Jasus edwardsii) Caught in Traps- Analysing and Modelling
Biological Feasibility of Spiny Lobster Jasus edwardsii Stock Enhancement
Biology and Conservation Ecology of Selected Saproxylic Beetle Species in Tasmania's Southern Forests
Causes of changes from clear water lakes to turbid lakes
Conservation Biology of the Golden Galaxias (Galaxias auratus) (Pisces- Galaxiidae)
Ecology and Conservation of Ground-dwelling Beetles in Managed Wet Eucalypt Forest- Edge and Riparian Effects
Ecology of juvenile Jasus edwardsii
Effect of river management practices on instream biota incorporating the role of large woody debris in rivers and streams
Effects of model structure on performance
Estimating Natural Scales of Ecological Systems
Examining the effect of fear, risk effects and secondary effects of predation on social behaviour in fish in the context of aquaculture and conservation
Habitat selection by invertebrate prey in shallow lakes
Life cycle strategies and ecology of moon jellyfish in southern Tasmania
Lotic ecology
Mechanisms underlying the preference of Eusthenia costalis Banks (Plecoptera- Eustheniidae) for prey and the influence of habitat complexity
Methods for Monitoring the Abundance of the Northern Australian Mud Crab Scylla serrata
Mosquitoes and urban frog ponds- interactions and implications for chydrid fungal infections of tadpoles
Responses by instream biota to functions in environmental flows.
Riparian community ecology
Salinity, Biotic Interactions and the Ecology and Epidemiology of Ross River Virus Vectors in South-eastern Tasmania
Spatio-temporal variability in measures of estuarine health
Structure and Function of Small, Headwater Streams Flowing through Wet Eucalypt Forest in Southern Tasmania and the Impact of Clearfell Forestry
Sustainable Harvest of Lobster Pueruli- A Way Forward for Rock Lobster Aquaculture
The comparative foraging ecology of Royal Eudyptes schlegeli and Rockhopper E chrysocome Penguins
The ecology of forested headwater streams
The effects of forestry operations on headwater streams- community structure & habitat
The Impact of 170 Years of Flow Regulation on Processes and Patterns in an Eastern Tasmanian River System
The impacts of Brown Trous (Salmo trutta) in streams; the implications of prey identity and habitat
The Importance of Complex Habitats for the Predator-Prey Interaction Between the Threatened Galaxiid Fish and an Introduced Salmonid
The Metabolic Signature of Small Headwater Streams- Natural Variability and the Response to Forestry
The Palaeobiogeography of the East Antarctic Freshwater Fauna
The role of habitat structure in a freshwater food web
Water Clarity in Two Shallow Lake Systems of the Central Plateau, Tasmania, Australia.