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Scientific Advisory Panel

​​LEB Scientific Advisory Panel members, Alice Springs, March 2014. Photo: M Turner

The Scientific Advisory Panel is appointed by the Lake Eyre Basin Ministerial Forum. Its primary role is to provide relevant, timely and high quality scientific advice to the Ministerial Forum on matters relevant to the management of water and related natural resources within the Agreement Area, consistent with the spirit and intent of the Agreement. In particular, the Scientific Advisory Panel provides advice on monitoring the condition of rivers and catchments.

The Scientific Advisory Panel alerts the Ministerial Forum to current knowledge gaps and the strategic scientific investigations required for underpinning future management decisions in relation to the Basin. The Scientific Advisory Panel also has a role in the development of policies and strategies under the Agreement and the implementation of the proposed Lake Eyre Basin Rivers Assessment.

Panel Members

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Dr Steve Morton (Chair)

Steve Morton

Steve is an Honorary Fellow with CSIRO at Alice Springs, Northern Territory.  He studied at the Universities of Melbourne, California, Irvine and Sydney, before joining CSIRO in Alice Springs to work in the desert environment that has long been his focus.  Subsequently he helped lead CSIRO as Chief of Division and Executive Team member.  In 2011 he returned to live in Alice Springs, from where he serves on a variety of boards and committees relating to environmental and natural resource management. Steve is a member of the Australian Heritage Council, member of Council for the Australian Institute of Marine Science, Chair of Arid Recovery, a Trustee of the Olive Pink Botanic Garden in Alice Springs, Deputy-Chair of Territory Natural Resource Management, Chair of the Steering Committee for the Threatened Species Recovery Hub of the National Environmental Science Programme, and a Director of the Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute.  Dr Morton took up the role of Chair of the Lake Eyre Basin Scientific Advisory Panel In 2012.

Emeritus Professor Angela Arthington

Angela Arthington

Professor Arthington is involved in teaching, research and consultancies across the field of freshwater ecology, with particular interests in aquatic biodiversity; fish recruitment and community ecology in rivers; ecology of endangered and alien species; and the science, methods and management of environmental flow allocations to sustain river and floodplain ecosystems. Since 1976, Professor Arthington has served at Griffith University's Australian Rivers Institute.

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Dr Sue Jackson

Sue Jackson

Associate Professor Sue Jackson is a Principal Research Fellow at Griffith University whose expertise covers integrated natural resource planning and management; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander customary resource management and ecological knowledge; participatory research and environmental planning, including community engagement; qualitative research methods, e.g. ethnographic research; and social impact assessment. Prior to joining Griffith University, Dr Jackson spent ten years with the CSIRO researching Indigenous values of water and their successful incorporation into contemporary water resource management frameworks.

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Professor Richard Kingsford

Richard Kingsford

Professor Richard Kingsford heads the Centre for Ecosystem Science, University of New South Wales. He was a member of the Cooper Creek Catchment Committee for more than five years and a member of the Lake Eyre Basin Community Advisory Committee before joining the Scientific Advisory Panel.

Professor Kingsford is an internationally recognised expert on the ecology of waterbirds, rivers and wetland systems in the arid and semi-arid zone of Australia, and the ecological impacts of river regulation. He has performed research on the Cooper Creek within the Lake Eyre Basin and similar systems in the Murray-Darling Basin, and was instrumental in promoting environmental flow regimes to protect dependent ecological values in the rivers of the Murray-Darling Basin.

Professor Kingsford is widely recognised and respected by the community of the Lake Eyre Basin for his work on improving community access to, and understanding of, scientific research activities. Professor Kingsford has had a long history of involvement in the Lake Eyre Basin community process, which led to the development of the Lake Eyre Basin Intergovernmental Agreement.

He was a member of the Australia Government's Environmental Water Scientific Advisory Committee. He received a Eureka Award in 2001 for his research on arid zone wetlands and a second Eureka Award in 2008 for his promotion of science.

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Justin Costelloe

Justin Costelloe

Justin Costelloe is a senior researcher at the University of Melbourne who has worked on the hydrology of rivers in the Lake Eyre Basin for the past 16 years. His research and fieldwork have studied many aspects of Lake Eyre Basin rivers, including monitoring and modelling flow events, mapping flood patterns and interactions between the rivers and groundwater. He is particularly interested in the spectacular boom-bust links between the hydrology of the rivers and their ecological functions.

Tim Ransley

Tim Ransley

Tim Ransley is a hydrogeologist at Geoscience Australia who has worked on a number of groundwater research projects related to the Great Artesian Basin. He recently led Geoscience Australia's contribution to the Great Artesian Basin Water Resource Assessment and is a former member of the Great Artesian Basin Coordinating Committee- Technical Working Group. His interests include understanding the interaction between surface water and groundwater systems and the impact of geological structures on groundwater flow.