Paul Close

Dr, BSc ANU, PhD W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M701), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

  • 102 Citations
  • 5 h-Index
20052019
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Personal profile

Biography

My research interests focus on tropical-temperate estuarine and freshwater fish ecology, and more particularly, habitat and hydrological requirements of native fishes. My research has addressed the role of aquatic habitats in structuring fish communities and the effect of threatening processes on fish populations including alterations to natural hydrological regimes, increased salinity and degradation of structural in-stream habitats. Throughout my research, I have maintained an interest in both adult and larval/juvenile stage ecology. I have knowledge of fish ecology and aquatic ecosystems across a variety of regions and landscapes including urbanised waterways, alpine streams and large lowland rivers of southeastern Australia, streams and floodplain rivers of tropical northeastern Australia, floodplain rivers and wetlands of the Kimberley region and waterways and estuaries in southwestern Australia. I coordinate and contribute guest lectures to a variety of undergraduate units and am actively involved in the supervision of honours, masters and PhD students.

Roles and responsibilities

ROLES

RESEARCH: Research Leader - Fish Ecology Research and Monitoring Group
TEACHING: Honours Coordinator and Lecturer in undergraduate units
ADMINISTRATION: Acting Centre Deputy Director and Business Manager

EXPERTISE

Aquatic biodiversity monitoring and assessment
Fish ecology, taxonomy, biology
Fish sampling including electrofishing techniques and acoustic telemetry
Estuarine and freshwater ecology
Environmental water requirements
Larval fish ecology

Funding overview

CURRENT

2016: Southern Ports Authority, Close PG & Paterson H, $5900: Regional seagull population census. Southern Ports Authority – Port of Albany Corporate sponsorship.

2016 Close P G, Dobbs R, Tingle F, Pettit N E, $80,000: Western Australian Marine Science Institute - WAMSI II Science Project Plan Kimberley Node Project 1.5: Indigenous Ecological Knowledge Program.
2015: Maughan J & Close P G, $6,535: Field identification guide to the aquatic macroinvertebrates of the South Coast region, Western Australia. South Coast Natural Resource Management Inc, 2015.

PAST

2012-15: WA Fisheries, Murdoch University, University of Western Australia (P G Close), South Coast NRM, Department of Water, $850,000; Conserving freshwater fish in south west Western Australia. Western Australian State Natural Resource Management Program.

2014: Bush A, Quincey D, Close P G, Pettit N E & Brisbois A, $15,000: Himalayan Climate Change: Debris Covered Glacier Response, Water Availability, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Response. World Universities Network Research Development Fund, 2014.

2014: Close P G, $4,932; Fish survey of Cuppup Drain. Western Australian Department of Water (Albany).

2013-14: Paterson H & Close P G, $30,090; Initial hydrodynamic assessment of water currents and sediment loads in and near the Emu Point Channel. City of Albany, Western Australia.

2013-14: Lester R, Barton J, Pope A & Close P, $30,000; Modelling without data: a methodological platform to predict climate change in data-poor ecosystems. Deakin University, Faculty of Science Engineering and Built Environment CRGS Funding, Warnnambool, Victoria.

2013-14: Kennard M, Close P G, & Pettit N E, $75,000; Planning for Climate Change, Northern Monsoon Cluster: Project 4 – Vulnerability and risk assessment of northern Australian catchments and biodiversity. Australian Government Department of Environment - Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, Canberra.

2013: Close P G & Davies P M, $30,000; Evaluation of environmental water releases on the aquatic fauna of the Helena River 2013-14. Swan River Trust, Perth Western Australia.

2013: Environous, Close P G & McGuckin J, $83,000; Fish monitoring in the Glenelg River, VEFMAP and carp monitoring 2012-2013. Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority, Victoria.

2012: Dobbs R J & Close P G, $19,640; Hydrology study and weed mapping project for the Parry Lagoon Nature Reserve Weeds Program. Rangelands Natural Resource Management Inc, Western Australia.

2011: Murdoch University, The University of Western Australia (P G Close et al.), Deakin University, $340,735; Novel methods for managing freshwater refuges against climate change in southern Australia. National Climate Change Adaption Research Facility, Canberra.

2011: Murdoch University, Cook, B.A. Close P.G, Davies P M, Speldewinde P, Edith Cowan University, Department of Water, Department of Environment and Conservation et al. $545,114; Ecosystem responses to climate change: a risk assessment and decision framework for managing groundwater dependent ecosystems. National Climate Change Adaption Research Facility, Canberra.

2011: Dobbs R J, Close P G & Department of Water (Kununurra) $20,000; Parry Lagoons Weed Program – hydrological influence on the distribution and dispersal of priority weeds. Natural Resource Management Inc, Western Australia.

2010-12: Davies P M & Close P G, $1,200,000; Northern Australia Water Futures Assessment: Assessing the ecological impacts of climate change and development across northern Australia. National Water Commission, Canberra.

2011: Dobbs R J, Cossart R & Close P G, $11,400; Development of a monitoring program for lake Gregory, Paruku, Kimberley. Kimberley Land Council, Broome, Western Australia.

2010: Close P G & Dobbs R J, $12,000; Development of a training package for the National Water Commission project: Framework for the Assessment of River and Wetland health. Canberra University, Canberra.

2010: Close P G, Pettit N & Dobbs R J, $60,000; Northern Australia Water Futures Assessment – high conservation value aquatic ecosystems: final scale assessment of ecological assets in the Fitzroy River (Northern Western Australia) and Daly River catchments. TRaCK – Griffith University, Queensland.

2008: Close P G, Cook B A, Tunbridge D J & Speldewinde P, $32,000; UWA research equipment funds. The University of Western Australia, Western Australia.

2008: Macgregor C, Close P G, Davies P M & Speldewinde P, $65,359; River action planning in the Upper Collie River in the South West of WA. Western Australian Department of Water, Perth, Western Australia.

2006: Davies P M & Close P G, $100,000; Movement and recruitment dynamics of Black Bream in hypersaline estuaries. Jack Family Charitable Trust, Western Australian Departments of Water and Fisheries.

2005: Close P G & Davies, P.M, $383,669; Environmental Water Requirements in the South Coast Region. Western Australian Department of Water, Perth.

2005: Close P G & Davies P M $7,500; A Review of approaches to establishing ecological water requirements for the Hill and Moore River estuaries. Waters & Rivers Commission, Perth, Western Australia.

2003: Cook, B.A. & Close P G, $4,300; Biodiversity monitoring and assessment in Angove Creek. Water Corporation, Western Australia.

Current projects

Co-investigator: Planning for Climate Change, Northern Monsoon Cluster: Project 4 – Vulnerability and risk assessment of northern Australian catchments and biodiversity, 2013-current. Australian Government Department of Environment - Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.

Co-investigator: Initial hydrodynamic assessment of water currents and sediment loads in and near the Emu Point Channel, 2013-current. City of Albany

Co-investigator: Modelling without data: a methodological platform to predict climate change in data-poor ecosystems. DEAKIN UNIVERSITY FACULTY OF SCIENCE ENGINEERING AND BUILT ENVIRONMENT CRGS funding 2013 - 14

Co-investigator: National Environmental Research Program. 2013-Current.

Co-investigator: Waterway Education Program – various deliveries of an education program to Indigenous communities of the Kimberley focused on monitoring river and wetland health. Working on Country Ranger Program. 2010-Current.

Chief investigator (node leader): Conserving freshwater fish in south west Western Australia. WA State NRM Program. 2012-Current.

Chief investigator: Evaluation of environmental water releases on the aquatic fauna of the Helena River. Completed 2014. Swan River Trust.

Teaching overview

UNDERGRADUATE

Coordinator - 2013-current: Honours coordinator (Albany).
Lecturer - 2012-current: Dreaming and Darwin. 1st year 6pt unit
Coordinator - 2009-2012: Waterway Restoration and Conservation. Third year 6pt unit.
Lecturer - 2009-2013: International Water Centre
Lecturer - 2009-current: Ecological Field Methods. 3rd year 6pt unit.
Lecturer - 2005-2012: Waterway Restoration and Conservation. 3rd year 6pt unit.


CURRENT/PREVIOUS SUPERVISION

PHD: Michelle Walker (Australian Postgraduate Award 2012). Exploring fresh water on the Dampier Peninsula: cultural values, perceptions of change and measuring health. Co-supervised with Clifton, J., Toussaint, S. and Dobbs, R. School of Earth and Environment, The University of Western Australia.

PHD: Justin Benson (Australian Postgraduate Award 2016). Role of freshwater mussels in the ecology and functionality of refugial river pools. Co-supervised with B Cook and A Lymbery. Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management, The University of Western Australia.

PHD: Tom Ryan: Impacts of changing thermal regimes on native freshwater fish biology. Co-supervised with D Morgan & S Beatty. School of Veterinary and Life Sciences, Murdoch University.

Hons: Michael Moroz (Current): Movement dynamics of freshwater cobbler Tandanus bostocki in a regulated river. Honours Thesis co-supervised with L Beesley. Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management, The University of Western Australia.

Hons: Nathan Beerkens (Current): Is habitat use and physiology of black bream Acanthopargus butcheri related. Honours Thesis co-supervised with S Beatty & A Gleiss (Murdoch University). Freshwater Fish Group and Fish Health Unit, Murdoch University

Hons: Matt Long (2015): Habitat requirements and movement dynamics of freshwater cobbler in the Canning River. Honours Thesis co-supervised with L Beesley. Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management, The University of Western Australia. Mark 1A

Hons: Jen Middleton (2015): Urban waterway health: identifying key stressors in a flat sandy landscape. Honours Thesis co-supervised with L Beesley & J Prince. Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management, The University of Western Australia. Mark 1A

Hons: Matt Claughton (2013): Phosphorus requirements of ryegrass and clover on two soil types typical of the Great Southern region. Honours Thesis co-supervised with D Weaver. Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management, The University of Western Australia. Mark: 2A

Hons: Dan Willans (2013): Tidal currents and stratigraphic evidence of altered currents through an artificial estuary channel. Honours Thesis co-supervised with H Paterson. Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management, The University of Western Australia. Mark: 2A

Hons: Kate McElligot (2012): Downstream fate of fish larvae drifting over a weir and through a fishway in southwestern Australia. Exchange Student Project (Cardiff University). Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management, The University of Western Australia. Mark 77% (2A equivalent)

Hons: Melissa Weybury (2010): Hydromys chrysogaster in Two Peoples Bay, Albany: Preference for densely vegetated wetlands and shallow water bodies. Honours Thesis co-supervised with P Speldewinde. Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management, The University of Western Australia. Mark: 2A

Research

Freshwater and estuarine fish ecology
Larval fish ecology
River health and environmental flows
Environmental monitoring and assessment (aquatic)
Degradation processes (aquatic)

Keywords

  • Estuarine and freshwater fish ecology
  • Ecological water requirements
  • Larval fish ecology
  • Threatening processes for aquatic systems

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Projects 2005 2019

Research Output 2005 2018

1 Citations

Hierarchical multi-taxa models inform riparian vs. hydrologic restoration of urban streams in a permeable landscape

Gwinn, D. C., Middleton, J. A., Beesley, L. S., Close, P. G., Quinton, B., Storer, T. & Davies, P. M., Mar 2018, In : Ecological Applications. 28, 2, p. 385-397

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

catchment
macroinvertebrate
urbanization
restoration
effect

Incorporating climate change into recovery planning for threatened vertebrate species in southwestern Australia

Stewart, B. A., Ford, B. M., van Helden, B. E., Roberts, J. D., Close, P. G. & Speldewinde, P. C., 1 Jan 2018, In : Biodiversity and Conservation. 27, 1, p. 147-165 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

vertebrate
planning
vertebrates
climate change
threatened species

Upstream recolonization by freshwater mussels (Unionoida: Hyriidae) following installation of a fishway

Benson, J. A., Close, P. G., Stewart, B. A. & Lymbery, A. J., 1 Apr 2018, In : Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. 28, 2, p. 512-517 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Unionoida
weir
recolonization
mussels
fish
bushland
home range
habitat use
shrublands
Western Australia

Wetlands need people: a framework for understanding and promoting Australian Indigenous wetland management

Pyke, M. L., Toussaint, S., Close, P. G., Dobbs, R. J., Davey, I., George, K. J., Oades, D., Sibosado, D., McCarthy, P., Tigan, C., Angus (Jnr), B., Riley, E., Cox, D., Cox, Z., Smith, B., Cox, P., Wiggan, A. & Clifton, J., 20 Sep 2018, In : Ecology and Society. 23, 3, 43

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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wetland management
indigenous knowledge
wetland
resource management
natural resource