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Research interests

  • Science communication
  • Freshwater fish community ecology
  • Environmental flows
  • Fish-friendly technology


Based in Freshwater Ecosystems Research, Tom helps deliver knowledge to empower fisheries management. That means working with scientists and managers to help build a sustainable future for farming and fishing, as communities recover from droughts, fires, floods and COVID-19. For further information view Tom’s LinkedIn profile.


  • PhD, James Cook University
  • B. Env. Sci. (Hons 1), The University of New South Wales

Current projects

  • Screens for Streams
  • Basin Plan Environmental Watering Outcomes

Recent publications

Please refer to Tom Rayner’s Google Scholar profile

Professional associations and achievements

  • Improving the health of Australia's rivers by leading ecological research. Tom has published 18 papers with 1000+ citations (h-index = 12, June 2020), 2 book chapters and several first-class Honours and PhD graduates.
  • Shooting for National Geographic as an Expedition Photographer in the Amazon. Tom also studied photojournalism, produced 3 solo photo exhibitions and crowd funded a photo book.
  • Helping dozens of researchers and labs improve their science communication. Tom has distilled his experience into a simple, effective approach for research communication and engagement. He now uses that as a high-performance coach for scientists.

Contact details

Email: tom.rayner@dpi.nsw.gov.au

Phone: (02) 4916 3849