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Dr Alison King

Principal Research Scientist, Freshwater Ecology


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Alison is an internationally recognised aquatic ecologist, with experience as a research leader in both University and Government research institutions. She has broad research interests in the ecology of floodplain rivers, freshwater fish, environmental flows, fish recruitment, life-history traits, adaptations and flow-ecology relationships. Alison is well respected in her field and has been recognised during her career through a number of Professional Awards and research achievements.

Alison also has a strong background of working collaboratively with a range of stakeholders, including scientists, policy makers, resource managers, industry sectors (fishers, farmers) and indigenous groups. She has sound experience in listening to people’s views, and providing scientific leadership and direction where necessary. She is regularly sought for advice on water and fisheries related issues; has been a member of a number of Government Committees and is a strong advocate for science-based policy and management.

She has led several large research projects, often working closely with research users and stakeholders in conducting the research. Alison has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, and regularly presents her research at conferences and workshops. She has supervised a number of PhD and honours research students, and is a mentor to many early career researchers.

Academic Qualifications

  • 2002

    Monash University

  • 1995

    B App Science (Environmental Science) (Honours)
    Charles Sturt University

Achievements and Awards

  • 2019-2021

    Australian Society for Fish Biology

  • 2015-2015

    Vice Chancellors Award for Exceptional Performance in Research
    Charles Darwin University

  • 2014-2014

    Fellow of the Peter Cullen Trust - Science to Policy Leadership Program
    Peter Cullen Water and Environment Trust

  • 2013-2013

    Whitley Medal (for book Ecology of Australian Freshwater Fishes)
    Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales

  • 2012-2012

    ASFB Early Career Excellence Award
    Australian Society for Fish Biology

  • 2009-2009

    David Ashton Biodiversity Award
    Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment

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