Keynote Speakers

Associate Professor Aline Cotel

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan

Aline Cotel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan. Her research interests are in the areas of biological, environmental and geophysical fluid dynamics, in particular stratified turbulence and fish behaviour in turbulent flows. As co-founder of the Women in Fluids Network and the Women-Water Nexus, she has created partnerships between women engineers and scientists in developed and developing countries to promote research with a focus on the education of women in STEM. She is also involved in engineering education projects in Western Africa related to retention and professional development of female engineering students. She was most recently a Fulbright Scholar at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa (2017) working on biological and physical interactions in Lake St Lucia, a UNESCO protected estuarine lake in South Africa. She has received numerous awards for her teaching and outreach efforts including the 2016 Arthur F. Thurnau named Professorship, 2015 Willie Hobbs Mentoring Award, 2014 Global Engagement Recognition Award, and the 2012 University Undergraduate Teaching Award. Additional recognition includes the 2011 and 2002 Elizabeth Crosby Research Award and the 2005 NSF CAREER award.

Professor Bronwyn Gillanders

School of Biological Sciences, University of Adelaide

Professor Bronwyn Gillanders is based in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Adelaide. She completed her BSc at the University of Canterbury (New Zealand), MSc at the University of Otago (NZ) and PhD at the University of Sydney (Australia). She has previously held ARC Fellowships and is now a Faculty member at the University of Adelaide. Her research focuses on freshwater, estuarine and marine systems including fisheries, ecological and environmental questions. She uses calcified structures of aquatic organisms as innovative tools to understand past environments and biological processes, such as age, growth and movement patterns. Her broader interests include integrated marine management and understanding cumulative environmental impacts. She is past president of the Australian Society for Fish Biology and current President of the World Council of Fisheries Societies.

Phil Duncan

Member of the Gomeroi Nation, Aboriginal Cultural Training Coordinator, Macquarie University

Phil is from Moree New South Wales and is a member of the Gomeroi Nation and is an elected leader of the Gomeroi Nation Native Title Claimant Group: his homelands are Moree and Terry Hie Hie. Phil has over 38 years of experience working with Aboriginal people and Government to improve the lives of Aboriginal people through recognition of our rich cultural history, the return of our lands, the improvement of our living conditions and education of our next generation, both through his employment and his volunteer community work. Phil has provided high-level policy and strategic advice to key Indigenous representative organisations and State and Federal government agencies. The strategic advice regards issues of culture and heritage significance, the design, delivery and implementation of programs in partnership with government, regarding the range of issues required to address, particularly in the area of natural resource management, native fish regeneration, fish passage and Aboriginal water rights. Phil is currently the Aboriginal Cultural Training Coordinator for Macquarie University, Walanga Muru Indigenous Strategy and Policy.

Professor Martin Mallen-Cooper

Principal Consultant, Fishway Consulting Services

Dr Mallen-Cooper has been a specialist fishway biologist for over 30 years.  His initial research in the 1980s on fish swimming ability and behaviour identified the role of turbulence in pool-type fishways, particularly for small fish and non-salmonids, and led to the first effective fishways in Australia.  He has designed over 200 fishways in Australia and overseas, from fish locks and fish lifts on large dams to low-level pool-type and nature-like fishways. 

His approach to projects is to clarify ecological function, develop migration models and integrate fish behaviour into all aspects of dam, weir and fishway design.  A key aspect of this is integrating biology, hydrology and hydraulics, which has led to new approaches and applications in fishway design and improved ecological function. 

In the last 10 years Dr Mallen-Cooper has had a significant focus on: hydropower and fish passage in the Mekong Basin, where freshwater fish provides food security and livelihoods for millions of people; and on broader linkages for fish passage within catchments that maximise benefits of environmental flows.

Professor Jürgen Geist

Chair of Aquatic Systems Biology Unit & Limnological Research Station, Technical University of Munich, Germany 

Jürgen Geist is professor and chair of the Aquatic Systems Biology Unit and the Limnological Research Station at Technical University of Munich, Germany and is the distinguished keynote speaker in the 1st global Fish and Hydropower symposium. His research focuses on understanding how multiple stressors affect functioning, resilience and spatio-temporal patterns of biodiversity in freshwater systems. He is also interested in developing evidence-based and transdisciplinary conservation and restoration strategies. In the context of hydropower and fish passage, his team is currently involved in projects evaluating the ecological consequences of innovative hydropower technologies, fish passage restoration and pumping technologies in Europe; including the FITHydro Initiative – seeking to understand the critical interactions between fish and hydropower systems. Dr. Geist has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed publications and serves on several national and international committees including the German Water Research Perspectives Commission, the Commission of Ecology of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences as well as the Nature Conservation Commission. He has received several prestigious awards including the State Excellence in Academic Teaching Award.

Peter Gough

Principal Fisheries Advisor, Natural Resources Wales

Peter Gough is an environmental scientist with more than 30 years’ experience in freshwater ecology, fisheries science and aquatic ecosystem management. He has worked in the water industry in England and Wales and currently for Natural Resources Wales where he is the Principal Advisor on freshwater and diadromous fisheries matters, working on factors affecting the status of migratory fish stocks. Peter is one of the main players nationally in the development and implementation of guidance and management approaches to maintain and improve populations of salmon and sea trout through practical and regulatory measures. Specifically he is involved in the maintenance and improvement of fish migration using fishways, fish easements and weir removal techniques, and the protection of fish populations and their migrations from factors such as barrages, land-use and hydropower.

Peter was involved in the development of the European Guidance on fish migration "From sea to source" (2006) as an editor and is also editor and co-author of the worldwide guidance "From sea to source, International guidance for the restoration of fish migration highways" (2012) and its follow-up "From Sea to Source 2".

Dr. Zeb Hogan

Fish Biologist and National Geographic Explorer

Dr. Zeb Hogan is an assistant research professor at the University of Nevada-Reno, the United Nations Convention on Migratory Species Councilor for Fish, and a National Geographic Society Explorer.  Zeb also hosts Nat Geo WILD’s series Monster Fish, taking viewers to remote locations around the world to find the most elusive fish; which has included episodes on Australia’s Murray cod and Sawfish.

Zeb’s research interests include freshwater fish ecology, fisheries management, and endangered species issues.  Since 2006, Zeb has worked with the University of Nevada and the National Geographic Society to merge conservation science with education and action. Project outputs to date have included contributions to understanding the migratory patterns and population structures of focal fish species, designation of the Mekong giant catfish and other species as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List, and awareness-raising through international and local media. 

Zeb’s articles include “Engaging Recreational Fishers in Management and Conservation: Global Case Studies”, “Endangered River Fish: Factors Hindering Conservation and Restoration”, and “Size-biased extinction risk of the world's freshwater and marine fishes”.  Zeb’s research has also been featured in Science (2007), Bioscience (2005), and American Scientist (2004).  A web series on Zeb’s research won the Science Journalism Award (online category) from the American Association of the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2008.

Zeb received his Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California, Davis in 2004.