Qualifications & Geographic Experience

Ian Campbell

B.Sc. (Monash) 1971, M.Sc. (Monash) 1975, Ph.D. (Monash) 1984.

The eleventh recipient of the Hilary Jolly Award, which is presented by the Australian Society for Limnology (Freshwater Ecology) to those it judges have made an outstanding contribution to Australian Limnology (1989).

Certified Senior Ecologist by the Ecological Society of America.

Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Biological Sciences, Monash University

Member of the Judging Panel, Thiess International River Prize 2003- 2011.

Co-Chair Organizing Committee XXVIII Congress, International Society for Limnology (freshwater ecology), Melbourne February 2001

Registered pre-qualified expert, South Florida Water Management District 1994- 2000.

Member of the International Permanent Committee on Ephemeroptera.

Life Member – Freshwater Biological Association

ORCID link


Geographic Experience


We have worked on projects in


VictoriaAs a Victorian based freshwater ecology consultancy most of our work has been conducted in Victoria.   Ian Campbell has worked on the Yarra River, the streams of East Gippsland (particularly around the Errinundra Plateau), urban streams of Melbourne (including Gardiners Creek, Dandenong Creek, Kororoit Creek, Lilydale Creek and the Plenty River) and streams in the Goulburn-Broken catchment including the Goulburn River, the Acheron River and Keppel Creek).

NSW –  Ian studied aquatic insects in several streams of Kosiusko National Park for his Ph.D. and subsequently worked on the impact of Thredbo on the Crackenback River with Maryanne McKaige. He has also worked on the Nambucca River estuary, the Wingecarribee River and a number of rivers in the Murray-Darling Basin in NSW.

South Australia – Ian  managed the 2010 survey of aquatic invertebrates in mound springs of the Great Artesian Basin for GHD, and has also assisted with due diligence assessments of works on the South Australian River Murray for SEWPaC.

QLD – Ian has carried out studies of aquatic insects in a number of tropical Queensland Rivers, including the Mitchell River.  He also conducted an environmental flows assessment of the Mulgrave River to assess the potential impact of groundwater extraction to supply domestic uses in Cairns.

WA – Ian conducted an assessment of the potential impact of the re-alignment of the bridge at Fitzroy Crossing on the endangered freshwater sawfish.

NT – Ian was involved in the development of an ecological risk analysis approach on the Edith River for Vista Resources.

Southeast Asia

Mekong River Basin – Ian spent almost 5 years as the Senior International Environment Specialist at the Mekong River Commission in Phnom Penh, Cambodia,  and Vientiane , Lao PDR.  He instituted the first river health assessment of the lower Mekong, the first use of ecological risk analyses, the first State of the Basin Report and the first River Report Card during that period.

Philippines  – Ian was the principal specialist for an environmental flows assessment of the Agno River downstream of the Ambuklao Dam in Mindinao.


Ian provided training in water quality and river health assessment at the Museu Emelio Goeldi  at Belem, Brazil.  He also assisted with a project to assess the risks to drinking water supplies from leachate from landfill sites.


Scientific adviser to the Ok Tedi Mine