It is important that we know how and why water-dependent fauna respond to changes in flow conditions and the outcomes of relevant flow management actions for these animals. This will allow us to make informed management decisions that ensure the health of the animals that rely on water ecosystems.
To help us understand water-dependent fauna response to changes in flow conditions, we are using several techniques such as, population surveys, environmental DNA (eDNA) and acoustic tracking to measure the distribution, movement and population structure of various water-dependent fauna. Our projects include:
- Monitoring fish populations on the coast of NSW
- Response of aquatic insects to different flows
- Tracking the movement of fish and turtles in response to flows
- Research and monitoring into stream frogs and flows
- Broadscale fauna (fish, frogs, birds, reptiles, mammals) distribution monitoring in rivers and floodplains