Associate Professor Mark Lintermans

Institute for Applied Ecology

University of Canberra

 Email: mark.lintermans[a]canberra.edu.au

 

Mark Lintermans was born and raised on the eastern outskirts of Melbourne and has lived in rural or urban-fringe communities for most of his life.

 

He completed a Bachelor of Science (Honours) at Monash University before moving to the ACT in 1982 to work in the research arm of the ACT Parks and Conservation Service. His interest in aquatic ecology saw him lead the ACT Governments fish research and monitoring programs for more than 20 years, and he completed his Master of Science at the Australian National University studying the ecology of blackfish. However, he is not just a fish person. Mark also was responsible for the ACT Governments wetland program, which saw the nomination of the ACTís only Ramsar wetland (Ginini Flats) as well as inventories and management of lowland wetlands both on rural lands and in the conservation estate. He also has a long-standing interest in water birds, and conducted monitoring programs for these for 20 years in the ACT.

 

Mark has a keen interest in conserving and managing aquatic ecosystems and is particularly interested in threatened aquatic species and how they deal with both natural and anthropogenic change. Mark has been the President of the Australian Society for Fish Biology, and has served on many government and professional working groups and committees. After two decades with the ACT Government, he left to work for the Native Fish Strategy of the Murray-Darling Basin Commission. He now works at the University of Canberra where he leads a project investigating how the construction and operation of a new water supply dam can be integrated with the protection of threatened fishes in the Cotter Catchment. He has recently purchased some riverfront land on the Mongarlowe River, and is looking forward to meeting the challenges of a riparian landholder.

 

Dr Kerri Muller

Principal, Kerri Muller NRM

Strathalbyn, South Australia

Email:  km[a]kmnrm.com.au

Kerri Muller was born and raised in the Adelaide Hills by dairy farmers who had turned their skills to earthmoving after their farming land was declared watershed and unsuitable for intensive farming.  She was educated at Heathfield High School and The University of Adelaide majoring in Botany, Microbiology and Ecology.  Kerri gained her PhD in the dynamics of methane (a potent greenhouse gas) production, consumption and emissions from wetlands in 2000.  Kerri worked as a University teacher and a freelance consultant to several multi-national companies whilst completing her studies.   

In 2000, she took up the demanding role of establishing a regional office for the River Murray Catchment Water Management Board in Strathalbyn near the Coorong and Lower Lakes at the bottom of the Murray Darling Basin.  In this role Kerri was responsible for determination of environmental water requirements, water resource allocation planning and capacity building in the affected Indigenous, irrigation and dryland farming communities.  She rapidly became well known and respected as a passionate advocate of the wise use of natural resources. 

Kerri established her consulting business, Kerri Muller NRM, in 2004.  Since then she has completed major projects on linking farm-scale risk management to regional NRM decision making, landholder and NRM staff training, Acid Sulfate Soils strategies and management plans for highly complex sites such as the Coorong and Lakes Ramsar site.  She also works with CSIRO and the Murray Lower Darling Indigenous Nations on Climate Change Adaptation and NRM planning. 

 Dr Muller is a graduate of the Murray Darling Basin Leadership Program, a Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation, an EMS Associate Auditor (ISO14001) and has been a member of the Australian Society for Limnology since 1991.  She has also been a member of the Murray Darling Basin Ministerial Council Community Reference Group since 2004, providing advice on all aspects of the implementation of The Living Murray Business Plan to the Murray Darling Basin Ministerial Council through the Community Advisory Committee.

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