This Seminar Series  will bring together managers, researchers, landholders, students and practitioners working in the Murray Darling Basin on Basin-wide issues.  Our aim is to share information, learn from others and to provide a regular opportunity for people to meet and discuss Basin issues.  The series is a collaboration between Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre (MDFRC), La Trobe, Charles Sturt University, North East CMA and the Murray CMA.  Seminars will be held in different venues to showcase workplaces and places of environmental interest in Albury/Wodonga.  A changeable feast of local food and wine should make your attendance compulsory!

Upcoming seminars are:

9 August 2012 – Gavin Rees Senior Scientist, Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre:  Fish deaths, Azolla and water quality: History and future prospects for the Broken Creek

Extensive growth of Azolla (floating fern), poor water quality and fish deaths have been a part of the recent life of the Broken Creek.  This seminar will describe the history of the creek, the research that has led to our understanding of how the undesirable states occur and the management and monitoring strategies that have been put in place. Gavin will also suggest some long term prospects for its management, especially on the back of the 2012 floods.

 23 August 2012 – Jeff Curtis Associate Professor, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of British Columbia, Canada:  Changes in dissolved organic matter as it moves through the catchment – implications for water resources and ecosystems

Jeff’s research interests are in landscape and hydrologic controls, and the evolution of water chemistry along flowpaths.  Studies from his lab have focused on: relationships between climate, ecosystems and solutes; scavenging of nutrients, metals and organic matter; transformation and fractionation of organic matter leading to changes in functional properties.

For more information visit the MDFRC website, we look forward to seeing you there!

Leanne Wheaton (MDFRC)