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Paul McInerney - Early Career Researcher




Paul McInerney is an early career researcher based at The Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre in Wodonga, Victoria, Australia.

His main areas of interest include the influence of riparian plants to stream ecology, invasive species and aquatic macroinvertebrate ecology.

Paul’s research/technical topics of special interest include:

  • The effect of Salix on stream ecosystem function
  • Freshwater invertebrate ecology
  • Primary production


Prior to commencing at MDFRC Paul has held positions at:

  • Department of Primary Industries (Bendigo & Kerang).
  • Fisheries Research Services Freshwater Laboratory (Pitlochry, Scotland).

Paul has been based at The Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre since 2007 where he has worked as a senior technician and technical supervisor before becoming a researcher. Paul is the project manager of the River Murray Biological Monitoring Program and is currently working on the macroinvertebrate component of the MDFRC-MDBA collaboration project.

Academic qualifications

  • Victorian RBA Competency Testing Course – Modules 1-4. (EPA Victoria)
  • Ph.D. candidature La Trobe University under the supervision of Dr B. Gawne, Dr P. Suter and Dr G. Rees. Thesis Titled " Effects of willows on freshwater ecosystem dynamics" 2009 – present
  • B.Sc.(Hons 1) Environmental Management and Ecology Under the supervision of Dr P. Suter La Trobe University Thesis Titled "The Effect of Inter-basin Water Transfer from the Snowy River to the Swampy Plainand Murray Rivers on the Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera and Trichoptera" 2000
  • B.Sc.Monash University in 1999

Professional activities and committee memberships

  • Australian Society for Limnology (ASL)
  • National willows Network

For access to Paul McInerney's publications visit our electronic library or google scholar