Oliver Pratt

Mr, Doctor of Philosophy Student

  • The University of Western Australia (M087), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Research interests

My research interests are focussed on freshwater ecology. Specifically, the way in which river-floodplain connectivity structures biotic assemblages in ephemeral floodplain ponds and whether different biotic communities influence ecological processes and ecosystem functioning. To date the majorty of my research has been focused on the Fiztroy River in the Kimberly region of Western Australia.

I also have a keen interest in Bayesian statistics. Integrating Bayesian methods into my research allows me to squeeze more information out of my data. The flexible tools available within a Bayesian framework also facilitate communication of my reseach findings to decision makers, which is highly desireable in applied science.

All my research has been conducted with the National Environmental Science Programe (NESP).


Originally from the UK, I completed my BSc(Hons) and MSc in Mining Geology at The University of Manchester and Camborne School of Mines, respectively. After a brief stint working in Africa (Ethiopia and Mauritania), I relocated to Perth where I worked in mineral exploration across the Pilbara and Gascoyne regions of Western Australia. I returned to univerity in 2017 to complete a MSc in Environmental Science at UWA where my research project was focussed on the importance of off-channel wetlands for fish in the Fitzroy River, WA. After completing my masters degree I continued to study floodplain ecosystems in the Fitzroy River as part of my PhD, working with the Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub part of the National Environmental Science Program (NESP).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Environmental science, MSc, Environmental Science, The University of Western Australia

1 Aug 201728 Jun 2019

Award Date: 28 Jun 2019

Geology, MSc, Mining Geology, University of Exeter

1 Sept 200931 Aug 2010

Award Date: 31 Aug 2010

Geology, BSc (Hons), Geology, University of Manchester

1 Sept 200631 Jul 2009

Award Date: 31 Jul 2009

Industry keywords

  • Environmental

Research expertise keywords

  • Freshwater ecology
  • Conservation
  • Fish ecology
  • Ecosystem processes
  • River ecology


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