CIE Seminar Series – 2019: Emerging challenges of aquatic invasive species in the Anthropocene

SPEAKER: Prof Julian Olden, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, College of the Environment, University of Washington

DATE: Friday, 29th November 2019

TIME: 1:30pm

LOCATION: Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds – Room ka4.207 (Green room)

Seminar will also be video linked to the following campuses: Melbourne Campus at Burwood –Burwood Corporate Centre and Warrnambool Campus, Room J2.19 (Fishbowl)


Julian’s research program spans multiple levels of biological organization and modes of inquiry to advance the science and practice of conserving freshwater ecosystems. My principal interests include ecohydrology (dams, environmental flows), community ecology (freshwater fishes, amphibians, invertebrates), invasion biology (science and development of management tools), macroecology (testing and advancing the field of biogeography), climate change (impacts and adaptation strategies), and conservation biology (science and implementation at local and regional scales). Although my research program focuses on these major areas, my enthusiasm for research bridges both basic and applied ecology.

A common thread throughout this research is a strong emphasis on the application of quantitative approaches to data analysis, including the development of innovative statistical techniques for exploring complex ecological data.


My approach to science has been shaped by numerous experiences with professors, students and collaborators over the years. I pursued my undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto, and it was during this time that my passion for ecological research and freshwater conservation was first sparked; specifically while hauling nets choked with squirming white suckers from central Ontario lakes.

Next, I received my M.Sc. from the University of Toronto (fish community ecology in lakes), my PhD from Colorado State University (conservation of endangered southwestern fishes) and then I was awarded a David H. Smith Conservation Fellowship to conduct postdoctoral research at the University of Wisconsin (aquatic invasive species ecology and management).

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