AsPr Rebecca Lester

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Lecturer

Faculty

Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env

Department

School of Life & Env. Sciences

Campus

Warrnambool Campus

Qualifications

Bachelor of Science, University of Melbourne, 2001
Bachelor of Engineering, University of Melbourne, 2001
Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, 2007
Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2012

Contact

Career highlights

- Lecturer, Freshwater Biology, Deakin University
- Research Scientist, CSIRO Land and Water
- Postdoctoral Fellow, Flinders University

Affiliations

- Australian Society for Limnology

- Ecological Society of Australia

- Australian Marine Sciences Association

- Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand

Teaching interests

- Freshwater biology
- Aquatic ecology
- Hydrology

Knowledge areas

I have expertise in freshwater, estuarine and coastal ecosystems. My PhD research investigated stream restoration techniques on farms, which was followed by post-doctoral research developing ecological response models and environmental water requirements for the Coorong and Lower Murray Lakes, and contributing to the Murray-Darling Basin Planning process.  My research interests include ecosystem ecology, particularly in aquatic ecosystems, ecological restoration and science-based natural resource management, with an emphasis on applied techniques suitable for use outside conservation reserves and large spatial scales.  In particular, I am interested in the function and structure of ecosystems and in the development of management strategies that incorporate good ecological outcomes with human activities.

Projects

- Ecological responses in the Coorong and Lower Lakes

- Predicting ecological response to climate change using space-for-time substition across domains

- Testing the scientific foundations of a method to identify threatened ecosystems

- Use of anthropogenic storages by fish, macroinvertebrates & frogs in southwest Victoria

Publications

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2016

Establishing precise estimates of abundance in patchy habitats of the marine nearshore

Mr Ryan Baring, A/Prof Rebecca Lester, Prof Peter Fairweather

(2016), Vol. 120, pp. 68-77, Marine environmental research, London, Eng., C1

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2015

Assessing the impact of drought and forestry on streamflows in south-eastern Australia using a physically based hydrological model

Mr Stuart Brown, Dr Vincent Versace, A/Prof Rebecca Lester, M. Todd Walter

(2015), Vol. 74, pp. 6047-6063, Environmental earth sciences, Berlin, Germany, C1

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Potential for water-resource infrastructure to act as refuge habitat

Mr Bryce Halliday, Dr Ty Matthews, Dr Dion Iervasi, Mr David Dodemaide, Mr Pat Pickett, Mr Matthew Linn, Ashley Burns, Ian Bali, A/Prof Rebecca Lester

(2015), Vol. 84, pp. 136-148, Ecological engineering, Amsterdam ,The Netherlands, C1

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Limitations to the feasibility of using hypolimnetic releases to create refuges for riverine species in response to stream warming

Dr Ty Matthews, A/Prof Rebecca Lester, Miss Courtney Cummings, Miss Agnes Lautenschlager

(2015), Vol. 54, pp. 331-339, Environmental science and policy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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2014

Hydrologic landscape regionalisation using deductive classification and random forests

Mr Stuart Brown, A/Prof Rebecca Lester, Dr Vincent Versace, Jonathon Fawcett, A/Prof Laurie Laurenson

(2014), Vol. 9, pp. 1-20, PLoS One, San Francisco, Calif., C1

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Predicting the likely response of data-poor ecosystems to climate change using space-for-time substitution across domains

A/Prof Rebecca Lester, A/Prof Paul Close, Dr Jan Barton, Dr Adam Pope, Mr Stuart Brown

(2014), Vol. 20, pp. 3471-3481, Global change biology, Chichester, England, C1

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Storm versus calm : Variation in fauna associated with drifting macrophytes in sandy beach surf zones

Mr Ryan Baring, Prof Peter Fairweather, A/Prof Rebecca Lester

(2014), Vol. 461, pp. 397-406, Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, Amsterdam , Netherlands, C1

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Population genetic structure of the Australian caddisfly Lectrides varians Mosely (Trichoptera: Leptoceridae) and the identification of cryptic species in south-eastern Australia

S. J. Wickson, Edwin T. Chester, I Valenzuela, Mr Bryce Halliday, A/Prof Rebecca Lester, Dr Ty Matthews, Dr Adam Miller

(2014), Vol. 18, pp. 1037-1046, Journal of insect conservation, Berlin, Germany, C1

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2013

Understanding the sources of uncertainty to reduce the risks of undesirable outcomes in large-scale freshwater ecosystem restoration projects: an example from the Murray–Darling Basin, Australia

R H Bark, L JM Peeters, A/Prof Rebecca Lester, C A Pollino, N D Crossman, J M Kandulu

(2013), Vol. 33, pp. 97-108, Environmental science and policy, Amsterdam, Netherlands, C1

journal

Ecohydrological and socioeconomic integration for the operational management of environmental flows

B. A. Bryan, A. J. Higgins, I. C. Overton, K. Holland, A/Prof Rebecca Lester, D. King, M. Nolan, D Hatton-MacDonald, J. D. Connor, T Bjornsson, M Kirby

(2013), Vol. 23, pp. 999-1016, Ecological applications, Washington, D. C., C1

journal

Scientific foundations for an IUCN red list of ecosystems

David A. Keith, Jon Paul Rodriguez, Kathryn M Rodriguez-Clark, Dr Emily Nicholson, Kaisu Aapala, Alfonso Alonso, Marianne Asmussen, Steven Bachman, Alberto Basset, Edmund G Barrow, John S Benson, Melanie J. Bishop, Ronald Bonifacio, Thomas M Brooks, Mark Burgman, Patrick Comer, Francisco A Comin, Franz Essl, Don Faber-Langendoen, Prof Peter Fairweather, Robert J Holdaway, Michael Jennings, Richard T Kingsford, A/Prof Rebecca Lester, Dr Ralph MacNally, Michael A. Mccarthy, Justin Moat, Maria A Oliveira-Miranda, Phil Pisanu, Brigitte Poulin, Dr Tracey Regan, Uwe Riecken, Mark D Spalding, Sergio Zambrano-Martinez

(2013), Vol. 8, pp. 1-25, PLoS one, San Francisco, Calif., C1

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Scenarios involving future climate and water extraction: ecosystem states in the estuary of Australia's largest river

A/Prof Rebecca Lester, Prof Peter Fairweather, Ian T. Webster, Rebecca A Quin

(2013), Vol. 23, pp. 984-998, Ecological applications, Washington, D. C., C1

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Novel methods for managing freshwater refuges against climate change in southern Australia. Final Report. National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility

Dr Ed Chester, Mark Allen, Stephen Beatty, Jane M Chambers, A/Prof Paul Close, Barbara Cooke, Ms Courtney Cummings, Peter M Davies, A/Prof Rebecca Lester, Alan Lymbery, Dr Ty Matthews, David Morgan, Melanie Stock

(2013), Perth, W.A., A1-1

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2011

A Ramsar wetland in crisis the Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth, Australia

Richard T Kingsford, Keith F. Walker, A/Prof Rebecca Lester, William J. Young, Prof Peter Fairweather, Jesmond Sammut, Michael C. Geddes

(2011), Vol. 62, pp. 255-265, Marine and freshwater research, Collingwood, Vic., C1-1

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Linking water-resource models to ecosystem-response models to guide water-resource planning -- an example from the Murray--Darling Basin, Australia

A/Prof Rebecca Lester, Ian T. Webster, Prof Peter Fairweather, William J. Young

(2011), Vol. 62, pp. 279-289, Marine and freshwater research, Collingwood, Vic., C1-1

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Integrated modelling of cost-effective siting and operation of flow-control infrastructure for river ecosystem conservation

A. J. Higgins, B. A. Bryan, I. C. Overton, K. Holland, A/Prof Rebecca Lester, D. King, M. Nolan, J. D. Connor

(2011), Vol. 47, pp. 1-14, Water resources research, Washington, D. C., C1-1

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Ecosystem states : creating a data-derived, ecosystem-scale ecological response model that is explicit in space and time

A/Prof Rebecca Lester, Prof Peter Fairweather

(2011), Vol. 222, pp. 2690-2703, Ecological modelling, Amsterdam, Netherlands, C1-1

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Improving ecological outcomes by refining decision support tools : a case study using the Murray Flow assessment tool and the sustainable rivers audit

A/Prof Rebecca Lester, C A Pollino, Ms Courtney Cummings

(2011), pp. 2458-2464, MODSIM 2011 : Sustaining our future, understanding and living with incertainty Proceedings of the 19th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, Perth, W. A., E1-1

conference
2010

Ecosystem response modelling of the Murray Mouth and Coorong lagoons

A/Prof Rebecca Lester, Prof Peter Fairweather

(2010), pp. 373-390, Ecosystem response modelling in the Murray-Darling basin, Collingwood, Vic, B1-1

chapter

Predicting future ecological degradation based on modelled thresholds

Prof Peter Fairweather, A/Prof Rebecca Lester

(2010), Vol. 413, pp. 291-304, Marine ecology progress series, Oldendorf, Germany, C1-1

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Overcoming data constraints to create meaningful ecological models

A/Prof Rebecca Lester, Prof Peter Fairweather

(2010), pp. 1-9, IEMSS 2010 : Modelling for environment's sake : Proceedings of the 5th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software, Ottawa, Ontario, E1-1

conference
2009

Reintroducing wood to streams in agricultural landscapes : changes in velocity profile, stage and erosion rates

A/Prof Rebecca Lester, Wendy Wright

(2009), Vol. 25, pp. 376-392, River research and applications, Malden, Mass., C1-1

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Modelling future conditions in the degraded semi-arid estuary of Australia’s largest river using ecosystem states

A/Prof Rebecca Lester, Prof Peter Fairweather

(2009), Vol. 85, pp. 1-11, Estuarine coastal and shelf science, New York, N.Y., C1-1

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Large versus small wood in streams : the effect of wood dimension on macroinvertebrate communities

A/Prof Rebecca Lester, Wendy Wright, Michelle Jones-Lennon, Phil Rayment

(2009), Vol. 174, pp. 339-351, Fundamental and applied limnology, Stuttgart, Germany, C1-1

journal
2008

Rehabilitating agricultural streams in Australia with wood : a review

A/Prof Rebecca Lester, Andrew J. Boulton

(2008), Vol. 42, pp. 310-326, Environmental management, New York, N.Y., C1-1

journal
2007

Does adding wood to agricultural streams enhance biodiversity? An experimental approach

A/Prof Rebecca Lester, Wendy Wright, Michelle Jones-Lennon

(2007), Vol. 58, pp. 687-698, Marine and freshwater research, Collingwood, Vic., C1-1

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2006

Determining target loads of large and small wood for stream rehabilitation in high-rainfall agricultural regions of Victoria, Australia

A/Prof Rebecca Lester, Wendy Wright, Michelle Jones-Lennon

(2006), Vol. 21, pp. 71-78, Ecological engineering, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Grants

Australian Competitive Grants

Red listing ecosystems - testing the new global standard for conservation

Prof David Keith, Prof Richard Kingsford, Prof Mark Burgman, Dr Emily Nicholson, Dr Tony Auld, A/Prof Jon Rodriguez, Dr Tracey Regan, Dr Philip Pisanu, A/Prof Rebecca Lester

ARC Linkage - Projects

  • 2016: $5,940
  • 2015: $6,120
  • 2014: $5,940

Explaining species diversity in a fractal world

A/Prof Barbara Downes, A/Prof Rebecca Lester, Prof Stephen Rice

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2017: $5,000
  • 2016: $15,000

Other Public Sector Funding

Report on the implications of the different scenarios presented within the Guide to the Proposed Murray-darling Basin Plan, on the Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth Region

A/Prof Rebecca Lester

  • 2011: $7,700

CSIRO subcontract - MDBA project Multi-valuation of MDB Basin

A/Prof Rebecca Lester

  • 2012: $14,300
  • 2011: $11,000

Interactions between barrage flows and upper south east flows in the Coorong

A/Prof Rebecca Lester

  • 2012: $18,700
  • 2011: $8,800

Stage 1 - Impact of the Basin Plan options on the ecology of the Coorong; Stage 2 - Impact of additional Basin Plan option on the ecology of the Coorong

A/Prof Rebecca Lester

  • 2013: $2,141
  • 2012: $7,031

Ecological limits of acceptable change (LACs) in the CLLMM region

A/Prof Rebecca Lester

  • 2013: $16,185
  • 2012: $13,750

Grampians National Park Post Flood Recovery of Aquatic Values

Dr Ty Matthews, A/Prof Rebecca Lester

  • 2013: $65,000

Assessment of aquatic fauna and flora occurring in water supply and sewerage treatment infrastructure

Dr Ty Matthews, A/Prof Rebecca Lester

  • 2013: $25,000

Development and validation of key components for an ecosystem response forecasting tool

A/Prof Rebecca Lester, Dr Jan Barton

  • 2015: $32,789
  • 2014: $81,571
  • 2013: $27,000

Basin Plan Sustainable Diversion Limit Adjustment Ecological Elements Method Development

A/Prof Rebecca Lester

  • 2014: $7,260

Provision of Vector Scripts

A/Prof Rebecca Lester, Dr Jan Barton

  • 2014: $3,883

Wetland Monitoring Program Development

Dr Peter Macreadie, Dr Paul Carnell, Dr Jan Barton, A/Prof Rebecca Lester

  • 2016: $10,000
  • 2015: $70,000

Enviornmental Water Knowledge and Research

A/Prof Rebecca Lester

  • 2016: $39,150

Basin Plan Sustainable Diversion Limit Adjustment Efficiency Measures and Environmental Outcomes

A/Prof Rebecca Lester

  • 2016: $10,740

Industry and Other Funding

Ecological Resilience Advisory Network

A/Prof Rebecca Lester

  • 2013: $2,109
  • 2012: $1,120

Making every drop count: functional connectivity and habitat patch use for small-bodied fish in semi-arid aquatic ecosystems

A/Prof Rebecca Lester, Mr Bryce Halliday

  • 2016: $7,000
  • 2015: $7,000
  • 2014: $7,000

Carbon sequestration by wetlands: A fresh(water) approach to tackling climate change

A/Prof Rebecca Lester, Dr Peter Macreadie, Dr Jan Barton

  • 2016: $1,000
  • 2014: $8,942

Other Funding Sources

Novel methods for managing freshwater refuges against climate change in southern Australia - Evaluating the utility of cold water releases

Dr Ty Matthews, A/Prof Rebecca Lester

  • 2013: $6,184
  • 2012: $7,000
  • 2011: $20,000

Supervisions

Data will be available in 2017