CIE Seminar Series – 2021: Australian farm dams and the benefits of eco-friendly management

SPEAKER: Dr Martino E. Malerba, Centre for Integrative Ecology (Blue Carbon Lab), Deakin University

DATE & TIME: Friday, 12th November 2021 @ 12noon.

LOCATION: Seminar to be streamed via Zoom. Click HERE to connect (Meeting ID: 824 0431 1985, Password: 12812557).

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Farm dams (or agricultural ponds) are small, human-made freshwater bodies that have become ubiquitous features of agricultural lands around the world. They represent a critical freshwater source for livestock and irrigation, and incidentally support important wetland biodiversity.

Despite their prominent role in society and nature, farm dams are one of the world’s most understudied freshwater bodies. In fact, we often lack the most basic information on farm dams – such as how many they are and where they are – hindering our ability to identify hotspots and gradients across the environment.

In this talk, Martino will present several ongoing research themes on Australian farm dams: (1) density, distribution, and historical trends, (2) impacts of climate change on their reliability as freshwater sources, (3) dams as hotspots for methane emissions, and (4) opportunities for greener practices.


Martino grew up in the north of Italy. After high school, he left home to start an undergraduate degree in Marine Biology at James Cook University in Townsville (North Queensland).

He specialised in ecological modelling with an honours degree and a PhD. After that, he started a 4-year fellowship at the Centre for Geometric Biology at Monash University.

Martino joined Deakin’s Blue Carbon Lab in 2020 with an Alfred Deakin Postgraduate Research Fellowship, followed by an ARC DECRA in 2023.

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