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Rochelle Petrie - Aquatic Research Technician




Rochelle Petrie is a senior aquatic technician based at The Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre in Wodonga, Victoria, Australia.

Rochelle’s main research/technical areas of responsibility are report writing, data collation and management, freshwater microinvertebrate identification, aquatic macroinvertebrate identification, staff training, senior operator electrofishing, fieldwork organisation, database management and scientific coordinator of the Rotary Murray Darling School of Freshwater Research (RMDSFR).

Rochelle’s research, technical and administrative topics of special interest include:

  • Primary and secondary productivity in lowland river systems
  • Freshwater microinvertebrate ecology
  • Scientific coordinator for RMDSFR
  • Health and Safety Representative


Rochelle has been based at The Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre since 2001, where she has worked on several large and small research projects investigating many aspects of freshwater ecology.These include; examining the effects of increasing salinity on ecosystem function, resilience and diversity; the Broken River rehabilitation project and continual monitoring of water quality throughout an extensive period of drought. Rochelle is currently involved in assessing the effectiveness of environmental flows on fish recruitment, water quality and secondary productivity in Barmah – Millewa forest.

Academic qualifications

  • B.Sc. (Environmental Management and Ecology) La Trobe University 2001.

Professional activities and committee memberships

  • 2011 Scientific Coordinator of the Rotary Murray Darling School of Freshwater Research.
  • Murray Darling Freshwater Research Centre OHS committee

For access to Rochelle Petrie's publications visit our electronic library or goolge scholar