Freshwater Fish Group Scholarship

Assessing the effectiveness of fishways in relation to species life-cycles, migration patterns and swimming capability provides valuable information for designing more effective fishways.


Moreover, assessing the impact of fishways on resident fish populations and communities in rivers and estuaries is crucial to determine their overall benefit in terms of improving river connectivity and population viabilities. Undertake a PhD examining the movement of fishes at the estuarine / freshwater interface.

This project aims to:

  • use a range of contemporary fish tracking techniques, including acoustic and passive integrated transponder tags to determine the spatial and temporal movement of a range of species through the fishway and the adjacent freshwater and estuarine habitats.
  • determine the swimming performance and aerobic scope of key species in the laboratory using a state of the art automated swim tunnel and respirometer.
  • relate these movement patterns with environmental factors in and outside of the fishway to determine the influence of extrinsic and intrinsic factors on fish movements.
  • compare the fish communities and populations downstream and upstream of the fishway pre and post- construction to assess its effectiveness in increasing habitat availability and population connectivity.
  • develop management recommendations to refine the existing fishway and criteria for future design of fishways in estuarine environments.

The project is based at the Centre for Fish and Fisheries Research and is externally funded by the Department of Parks and Wildlife. The successful candidate will be eligible to apply for additional stipend top-ups.

Funding bodyDepartment of Parks and Wildlife
ValueTax exempt living allowance of $A26,682 per annum with potential top-up to $30,000
RequirementsThis project will suit a candidate seeking to conduct a project that involves a mix of contemporary ecological and laboratory based research that is highly applicable to the restoration and management of aquatic ecosystems. It will involve a combination of fish community ecology, population biology, telemetry (including surgery techniques), and physiology.
Applyby 30 June 2017
To apply1. Complete the application form for domestic or international
2. Fill in the referee report for domestic or international
3. Email completed application to the Graduate Research Office
ContactPlease direct all questions about this scholarship to Dr Stephen Beatty 
More informationCentre for Fish and Fisheries Research 
Freshwater Fish Group
Fish Health Unit