Professor Nick

Professor Nick Bond

Director, The Murray-Darling Basin Freshwater Research Centre

College of Science, Health and Engineering

School of Life Sciences

133 McKoy Street, Wodonga 3690, Albury-Wodonga

Research centres

Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre



Area of study

Environmental Management and Ecology

Brief profile

His primary interests are in the effects of flow variability on riverine ecosystems, especially the landscape scale effects of floods and droughts. His research combines empirical field studies with innovative quantitative modelling approaches. He has extensive experience working on river management and environmental flow issues in Australia and internationally, and has authored or co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed papers and numerous peer reviewed technical reports. His research focus is supported by active engagement with regional, national, and international water and natural resource management agencies to support evidence-based planning and decision making.

Recent publications

  1. Baldwin DS, Colloff MJ, Mitrovic SM, Bond NR, Wolfenden (April  2016) Restoring dissolved organic carbon subsidies from floodplains to lowland river food webs: a role for environmental flows? Marine and Freshwater Research  DOI:
  2. Bond, N. R., S. R. Balcombe, D. A. Crook, J. C. Marshall, N. Menke, and J. S. Lobegeiger. (2015). Fish population persistence in hydrologically variable landscapes. Ecological Applications, 25(4), 901-913.
  3. Capon, S. J., Lynch, A. J. J., Bond, N. R., Chessman, B., Davis, J., Davidson, N., Finlayson, M., Gell, P. A., Hohnberg, D., Humphrey, C., Kingsford, R. T., Nielsen, D., Thomson, J. R., Ward, K., and Mac Nally, R. (2015). Regime shifts, thresholds and multiple stable states in freshwater ecosystems; a critical appraisal of the evidence. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.02.045
  4. Davis, J., O'Grady, A. P., Dale, A., Arthington, A. H., Gell, P. A., Driver, P. D., Bond, N. R., Casanova, M., Finlayson, M., Watts, R. J., Capon, S. J., Nagelkerken, I., Tingley, R., Fry, B., Page, T. J., and Specht, A. (2015). When trends intersect: The challenge of protecting freshwater ecosystems under multiple land use and hydrological intensification scenarios. Science of the Total Environment, 1–14. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.03.127
  5. Jardine, T., N. R. Bond, M. A. Burford, M. J. Kennard, M. M. Douglas, S. K. Hamilton, J. M. Melack, R. J. Naiman, N. E. Pettit, B. J. Pusey, D. M. Warfe, and S. E. Bunn. (2015). Does flood rhythm drive ecosystem responses in tropical riverscapes? Ecology, 96(3), 684-692.
  6. Bond, N. R., Costello, J., King, A., Warfe, D.,  Reich, P., Balcombe, S. (2014). Risks and opportunities from artificial watering as a means of achieving environmental flow objectives. Frontiers in Ecology and Environment, 12, 386-394.
  7. Bond, N. R., J. R. Thomson, and P. Reich. (2014). Incorporating climate change in conservation planning for freshwater fishes. Diversity and Distributions 20:931–942.
  8. Dexter, T., Bond, N. R., Hale, R., & Reich, P. (2014). Dispersal and recruitment of fish in an intermittent stream network. Austral Ecology, 39, 225-235.
  9. Tonkin, Z., Lyon, J., Ramsey, D. S. L., Bond, N. R., Hackett, G., Krusic-Golub, K., Ingram, B. A., and Balcombe, S. R. (2014). Reservoir refilling enhances growth and recruitment of an endangered remnant riverine fish. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 71, 1888–1899. doi:10.1139/cjfas-2014-0081
  10. Morrongiello, J. R., Bond, N. R., Crook, D. A., & Wong, B. B. M. (2013). Intraspecific variation in the growth and survival of juvenile fish exposed to Eucalyptus leachate. Ecology and Evolution (online early)
  11. Ho, S. S., Bond, N. R., & Thompson, R. M. (2013). Does seasonal flooding give a native species an edge over a global invader? Freshwater Biology, 58(1), 159–170.
  12. Schmidt, D. J., Huey, J. A., Bond, N. R., Hughes, J. M. (2013) Population structure of sexually reproducing carp gudgeons: does a metapopulation offer refuge from sexual parasitism? Marine and Freshwater Research. 64, 223.
  13. Yen JDL, Shenton W, Bond N.R., Spring D, Mac Nally R (2013) Identifying robust water-management strategies in variable climates: a Bayesian demographic modelling approach. Journal of Applied Ecology, in press.
  14. Bradshaw, C.J.A., Bowman, D.M.J.S., Bond, N.R., Murphy, B.P., Moore, A.D., Fordham, D.A., Thackway, R., Lawes, M.J., McCallum, H., Gregory, S.D., Dalal, R.C., Boer , M.M., Lynch, A.J., Bradstock, R.A., Brook , B.W., Henry, B.K., Hunt, L.P., Fisher, D.O., Hunter, D., Johnson, C.N., Keith, D.A., Lefroy, E.C., Penman, T.D., Meyer, W., Thomson, J.R., Thornton, C.M., VanDerWal, J., Williams, R.J., Keniger, L. & Specht, A. (2013) Brave new green world – consequences of a carbon economy for the conservation of Australian biodiversity. Biological Conservation, (accepted 21 February 2013)
  15. Shenton, W., N. R. Bond, J. D. L. Yen, and R. Mac Nally. 2012. Putting the “Ecology” into Environmental Flows: Ecological Dynamics and Demographic Modelling. Environmental Management 50:1–10.
  16. Morrongiello, J. R., N. R. Bond, D. A. Crook, and B. B. M. Wong. (2012) Spatial variation in egg size and egg number reflects trade-offs and bet-hedging in a freshwater fish. Journal of Animal Ecology. in press.
  17. Thomson, J. R., N. R. Bond, S. C. Cunningham, L. Metzeling, P. Reich, R. M. Thompson, and R. Mac Nally. (2012). The influences of climatic variation and vegetation on stream biota: lessons from the Big Dry in southeastern Australia. Global Change Biology:n/a–n/a. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2011.02609.x.
  18. Balcombe, S. R., F. Sheldon, S. J. Capon, N. R. Bond, W. L. Hadwen, N. Marsh, and S. J. Bernays. (2011). Climate-change threats to native fish in degraded rivers and floodplains of the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia. Marine and Freshwater Research 62:1099. doi: 10.1071/MF11059.
  19. Bond, N. R., J. R. Thomson, P. Reich, and J. Stein. (2011). Using species distribution models to infer potential climate change-induced range shifts of freshwater fish in south-eastern Australia. Marine and Freshwater Research 62:1043–1061. CSIRO PUBLISHING. doi: 10.1071/MF10286.
  20. Booth, D. J., Bond, N. R., and P. Macreadie. (2011). Detecting range shifts among Australian fishes in response to climate change. Marine and Freshwater Research 62:1027–1042. CSIRO PUBLISHING. doi: 10.1071/MF10270.
  21. Ho, S.S., Bond, N.R. & Lake, P.S. (2011). Comparing food-web impacts of a native invertebrate and an invasive fish as predators in small floodplain wetlands. Marine and Freshwater Research, 62, 372.
  22. Morrongiello, J. R., N. R. Bond, D. A. Crook, and B. B. M. Wong. (2011). Eucalyptus leachate inhibits reproduction in a freshwater fish. Freshwater Biology 56:1736–1745. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2427.2011.02605.x.
  23. Schmidt, D. J., N. R. Bond, M. Adams, and J. M. Hughes. 2011. Cytonuclear evidence for hybridogenetic reproduction in natural populations of the Australian carp gudgeon (Hypseleotris: Eleotridae). Molecular Ecology 20:3367–3380. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2011.05206.x.
  24. Bond, N.R., McMaster, D., Reich, P., Thomson, J. & Lake, P.S. (2010) Modelling the impacts of flow regulation on fish distributions in naturally intermittent lowland streams: An approach for predicting restoration responses. Freshwater Biology, 55(9), 1997-2010.
  25. Morrongiello, JR., Bond, NR., Crook, DA., Wong, BBM. 2010. Nuptial coloration varies with ambient light environment in a freshwater fish. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 23: 2718-2725
  26. Crook, D., Reich, P., Bond, N.R., McMaster, D., Koehn, J.D. & Lake, P.S. (2010) Using biological information to support proactive strategies for managing fish during drought. Marine & Freshwater Research, 61(3) 379-387.
  27. Reich, P., D. McMaster, N. R. Bond, L. Metzeling, and P. S. Lake. (2010). Examining the ecological consequences of restoring flow intermittency to artificially perennial lowland streams: patterns and predictions from the Broken-Boosey Creek system in northern Victoria, Australia. River Research & Applications, 26(5), 529-545.
  28. Clarke, A., R. Mac Nally, N.R. Bond and P.S. Lake (2010) Conserving macroinvertebrate diversity in headwater streams: The importance of knowing the relative contributions of α and β diversity. Diversity and Distributions 16(5), 725-736.

Research projects

Current projects

  1. Research to inform the assessment of ecohydrological responses to coal seam gas extraction and coal mining (Office of Water Science, Commonwealth Department of Environment)
  2. Restoring functional linkages between riparian zones and streams through restoring structural retention. (ARC Linkage Grant)
  3. Have we already lost the Australian Lungfish? (ARC Linkage Grant)
  4. Are fish populations in the Murray River energy limited (Australian Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis)
  5. Spatial prioritization to improve river restoration outcomes (Melbourne Water)

Recent completed projects

  1. Investigating the ecological responses to altered flow regimes in the Murray Darling Basin
  2. Modelling threats to freshwater biodiversity patterns from drought and climate change
  3. Population viability and decision science modelling for environmental flows management
  4. Impacts of low flows on Aquatic Ecosystems
  5. River health and environmental flows in China Project
  6. Drought refugia and fish population persistence in intermittent streams.

Other research activities

R Package Development

hydrostats package for hydrologic time series analysis

Hydrologic-gauge summary tool (hosted by Chris Walsh)

Github package development