Invited Speakers


Prof. Janine Adams


Janine Adams is a professor in the Botany Department at the Nelson Mandela University, Deputy Director of the Institute for Coastal and Marine Research and a member of the Sustainability Research Unit.  Her specialist research field is on estuaries, their functioning, conservation and management.  She has published over 135 articles in rated journals and made a significant contribution to global knowledge on estuary ecology, aquatic botany and environmental water requirements. Janine is committed to research excellence and passionate about research training and capacity building. She has graduated 32 MSc and 22 PhD students.  Janine is past president of the Southern African Society of Aquatic Scientists, she served as Chairperson of the Water Research Commission and is a fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa.  In 2013 and 2017 she received the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University researcher of the year award and in 2015 the silver medal from the Southern African Society of Aquatic Scientists.  In 2018 she was the Science Faculty researcher of the year. Current research focus areas are blue carbon ecosystems and response to climate change, mangrove and salt marsh ecology and water quality management of estuaries.  Past research has successfully linked science, policy and management through extensive collaboration and networking with different universities, institutes and government departments.  She led the teams that developed the ecological flow requirements method for the Department of Water Affairs and the estuary management protocol for the Department of Environmental Affairs..

Mr Ricky Archer


Ricky Archer is a Djungan man from the Western Tablelands region of North Qld.

Ricky has a strong network of on ground land and sea managers across northern Australia from which to draw from and has demonstrated an ability to connect on-ground work of Indigenous organisations with regional, state and commonwealth priorities.

He has been actively involved and engaged on the Indigenous Advisory Committee since 2014 and has built good relationships with current members on the Committee. The Indigenous Advisory Committee (IAC) is an expert group who provide advice to the Minister for the Environment on the operation of the EPBC Act, taking into account the significance of Indigenous peoples' knowledge of the management of land and the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.

He was also a member of the National Landcare Advisory Committee which provided further connections to the work of the Indigenous Advisory Committee.  

Mr Archer has a background in geographical information systems, Indigenous knowledge management, and natural & cultural resource management.

Prof. Angela Arthington

Image by Brendan Ebner in my BLOG  “Anatomy of a Fish Ecologist ” (The Moray’s Lair, June 2015 ).

Image by Brendan Ebner in my BLOG “Anatomy of a Fish Ecologist” (The Moray’s Lair, June 2015

Angela joined the School of Australian Environmental Studies at Griffith University in 1975 and it has been her academic home ever since. A decade of research on stream and river fish communities and flow regimes in Queensland’s coastal rivers produced the award winning text “Freshwater Fishes of North-Eastern Australia (Pusey, Kennard and Arthington, CSIRO Publishing, 2004). Environmental flows research began at this time, starting with the concept of holistic ecosystem frameworks for assessment of water flows to support river fish communities and ecosystems. Angela has contributed to several global environmental flow frameworks (Building Block Methodology, DRIFT and ELOHA). In 2012 she published “Environmental Flows: Saving Rivers in the Third Millennium” (University of California Press file:///C:/Users/s2259/Downloads/Arthington2012.EnvironmentalFlows.BookAbstractTableofContentsandReviews.pdf). It was a thrill to receive the “Making a Difference Award” from the US Instream Flow Council during their 2015 Flows Conference in Portland, USA. In 2018 Angela led a synthesis “Recent advances in environmental flows science and water management - Innovation in the Anthropocene”, published as part of a Special Issue of Freshwater Biology []. More recently, Angela led a team of experts who produced “The Brisbane Declaration and Global Action Agenda on Environmental Flows (2018)” [], an updated blueprint and way forward to protect and restore the water regimes of freshwater ecosystems, including groundwater and estuarine systems depended on freshwater flows. Angela is presently working for the Commonweath Government on research and monitoring protocols for rivers and wetlands of the Lake Eyre Basin, where natural flow regimes drive boom and bust cycles of fish and other populations. This vast arid-zone system, still relatively natural in character and flow regimes, is her favourite research locale. Angela continues to publish, review, edit and offer advice on fish / river ecology and environmental flows. A Special Issue on “Springs of the Great Artesian Basin” is in progress.

Dr. Joanne Clapcott


Joanne Clapcott (Ngāti Porou) is a freshwater ecologist at the Cawthron Institute, Nelson, New Zealand. With a focus on integrated river health assessment, Joanne’s research career has spanned Australia and New Zealand and western science and mātauranga Māori. Joanne studied at Massey University, Griffith University and her PhD at University of Tasmania focussed on the impacts of forestry on the metabolic regime of headwater streams. Since returning to New Zealand 12 years ago, Joanne has continued to quantify the impacts of resource use on river health developing standardised functional indicators, macroinvertebrate, stream habitat and cultural assessment frameworks. Joanne works with and for hapū and iwi, local and central government and industry, providing advice on holistic approaches to managing freshwater ecosystems.

Dr. Jill Lancaster


Jill has a broad research interest in the biology of aquatic insects, their population and community ecologies. An over-arching theme in her research lies in understanding how interactions between the physical environment and biological processes influence ecological systems. More specifically, she is interested in how the persistence and coexistence of stream-dwelling insects are influenced by the fluvial landscape of stream channels, i.e. the sedimentary landscape created by geomorphological and hydraulic processes, and the temporal variations in water flow. At small-scales, this has involved work on bio-physical coupling and defining how bed topography and near-bed flow patterns influence movement behaviours and species interactions. At larger scales, this has involved landscape-scale field experiments to test how the abundance and spatial distribution of resources, in conjunction with species' dispersal capabilities, determines the structure of populations and metacommunities. Because aquatic insects have complex life cycles, ecological events must be integrated across life stages to really understand population- and community-level phenomena. Compared with larvae, the egg, pupal and adult stages of aquatic insects are largely neglected and are the focus of Jill’s current work.

Prof. Julian Olden


Julian Olden is a professor in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington, USA. Broadly motivated by a future where people recognize and respect the diverse values provided by functioning freshwater ecosystems, Julian seeks to integrate science-based approaches with on-the-ground management and conservation decisions that tackle the challenges associated with water resource management, dams, invasive species, and climate change.