Shane Brooks

Shane Brooks
Brooks Ecology & Technology · https://brooks.eco

B.Sc.(Hons) Ph.D.
Working to improve the management of rivers and wetlands with pragmatic advice, critical analysis and logical thinking

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Introduction
I am an independent aquatic ecologist and technology specialist working to improve the management of rivers and wetlands. I provide pragmatic advice and critical evaluation underpinned by evidence, analysis and logical thinking. Recent projects focus on adaptive management and evaluation of environmental water, riparian vegetation, and high conservation value ecosystems including Ramsar wetlands. My skills include aquatic ecology, GIS, remote sensing, data integration and analysis.

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Publications (16)
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This chapter presents an overview of the aquatic ecosystems of the Murray–Darling Basin (MDB). Ecosystem types within the Basin are diverse, ranging from small upland streams to the coastal estuary at the river mouth. The vast floodplains and associated rivers and wetlands are the most iconic habitats of the MDB, together with rich communities of p...
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The Murray–Darling Basin in south‐eastern Australia contains over 70,000 km2 of wetlands and floodplains, many of which are in poor condition. In response, Australian governments have committed to a major restoration program, the Murray–Darling Basin Plan that includes management of 2,750 Gl of environmental water to protect and restore aquatic eco...
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Environmental flows are a critical tool for addressing ecological degradation of river systems brought about by increasing demand for limited water resources. The importance of basin scale management of environmental flows has long been recognized as necessary if managers are to achieve social, economic, and environmental objectives. The challenges...
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Stream restoration has become a multibillion dollar industry worldwide, yet there are few clear success stories and the scientific basis for effective stream restoration remains uncertain. We compiled data on completed river restoration projects from four management authorities in Victoria, Australia, to examine how the available data could inform...
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Summary 1. Increasingly, river managers are turning from hard engineering solutions to ecologi- cally based restoration activities in order to improve degraded waterways. River resto- ration projects aim to maintain or increase ecosystem goods and services while protecting downstream and coastal ecosystems. There is growing interest in applying riv...
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Understanding the key ecological factors that moderate the relationship be- tween biodiversity and the productivity of ecosystems is a major challenge for ecological research. Here we show that the relationship between the species richness of primary producers and net rates of biomass production in streams depends on the history of dis- charge-rela...
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We built empirical models to estimate the effects of land cover on stream ecosystems in the mid-Atlantic region (USA) and to evaluate the spatial scales over which such models are most effective. Predictive variables included land cover in the watershed, in the streamside corridor, and near the study site, and the number and location of dams and po...
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Inappropriate land use practices, pollutants, exploitation, and overpopulation have simplified stream habitats and degraded water quality worldwide. Management agencies are now being tasked to ameliorate impacts and restore stream “health,” yet there is a dearth of rigorous scientific methods and theory on which to base sound restoration design and...
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Simplification of natural habitats is a growing global concern demanding that ecologists better understand how habitat heterogeneity influences the structure and functioning of ecosystems. While there is extensive evidence that physical habitat hetero- geneity affects the structure of biotic communities (i.e., organismal abundance, distribution, di...
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The concept of "Smart Growth" has emerged as a response to the trend of increasing low-density sprawl and to the limited policy instruments available for controlling it. In the U.S., the spatial pattern of this land conversion has tended to be one of "exurban sprawl," in which the rate of increase in newly developed land greatly exceeds the rate of...
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A suction sampler designed to minimize sampling error, and quantitatively collect benthic macroinvertebrates from coarse substrata under various flow regimes is described. This sampler uses a 12 V bilge pump (capacity 4400 1 h–1) to suck animals into a collecting net from substrata disturbed by a single operator. Macroinvertebrates were collected m...
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The effects of substratum particle size (cobbles, coarse gravel and medium-fine gravel) on recolonization by benthic macroinvertebrates after disturbance was investigated in small plots (0.05 m2) in the Finniss River, an intermittent stream in South Australia. Six weeks after flow resumed, the intermediate particle size (coarse gravel) supported th...

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