Craig is a fish ecologist based at the Port Stephens Fisheries Institute where he leads a variety of projects concerning the rehabilitation of both freshwater and estuarine ecosystems. Much of his science is interdisciplinary, merging fish biology, ecology and hydraulics in an attempt to improve the design and operation of river infrastructure for the protection of fish. Recent research projects have included understanding and mitigating the impacts of barotrauma and fluid shear on fish as they migrate downstream through irrigation and hydropower infrastructure. He has also worked extensively on developing design criteria for screens to prevent the entrainment of fish at irrigation diversions. Craig also coordinates a number of projects assessing the outcomes of river habitat restoration and improving the tidal flushing of estuarine wetlands. He is actively involved in international aid research, leading fish passage projects in the Mekong River Basin and participating in international efforts as a representative of the International Energy Agency Fish and Hydropower Annex. He supervises a number of post graduate students at various universities.
*NSW Department of Primary Industries was formed on July 1, 2004 through an amalgamation of NSW Agriculture, NSW Fisheries, State Forests of NSW and the NSW Department of Mineral Resources.
Brown, R. S., Colotelo, A. H., Pflugrath, B. D., Boys, C. A., Baumgartner, L. J., Deng, Z., Silva, L. G. M., Brauner, C. J., Mallen-Cooper, M., Phonekhampeng, O., Thorncraft, G. and Singhanouvong, D. (in press). Understanding barotrauma in fish passing hydro structures: a global strategy for sustainable development of water resources. Fisheries.
Lowry, M., Folpp, H., Glasby, T., Boys, C., Gregson, M. and Suthers, I. (2013). Response of fish communities to the deployment of estuarine artificial reefs for fisheries enhancement. Fisheries Management and Ecology. doi: 10.1111/fme.12048.
Boys, C. A., Baumgartner, L. J. and Lowry, M. (2013). Entrainment and impingement of juvenile silver perch, Bidyanus bidyanus, and golden perch, Macquaria ambigua, at a fish screen: effect of velocity and light. Fisheries Management and Ecology 20: 362-373.
Boys, C. A., Robinson, W., Baumgartner, L. J., Rampano, B. and Lowry, M. (2013). Influence of approach velocity and mesh size on the entrainment and contact of a lowland river fish assemblage at a screened irrigation pump. PLoS ONE 8: e67026.
Thorncraft, G., Baumgartner, L., Boys, C. and Brown, R. (2013). Merging hydraulics with biology. International Water Power & Dam Construction 65: 42-43
Baumgartner, L. J. and Boys, C. (2012). Reducing the perversion of diversion: Applying world standard fish screening practices to the Murray-Darling Basin. Ecological Management & Restoration 13: 135–143.
Baumgartner, L. J., Boys, C. A. and Barton, R. (2012). Mini hydro development workshop: developing sustainable solutions for native fish. Ecological Management & Restoration 13: doi:10.111/j.1442-8903.2012.00671.x.
Boys, C. A., Kroon, F. J., Glasby, T. and Wilkinson, K. (2012). Improved fish and crustacean passage in tidal creeks following floodgate remediation. Journal of Applied Ecology 49: 223-233.
Boys, C. A., Rowland, S. J., Gabor, M., Gabor, L., Marsh, I. B., Hum, S. and Callinan, R. (2012). Emergence of epizootic ulcerative syndrome in native fish of the Murray-Darling River system, Australia: Hosts, distribution and possible vectors. PLoS ONE 7: e35568.
Boys, C. A. and Williams, R. J. (2012). Succession of fish and crustacean assemblages following reinstatement of tidal flow in a temperate coastal wetland. Ecological Engineering.
Go, J., Marsh, I., Gabor, M., Saunders, V., Reece, R., Frances, J., Boys, C. and Gabor, L. J. (2012). Detection of Aphanomyces invadans and epizootic ulcerative syndrome in the Murray-Darling drainage. Australian Veterinary Journal 90: 513-514.
Southwell, M. R., Thoms, M. C. and Boys, C. A. (2009). The potential effect of re-snagging on hydraulic habitat. International Association of Hydrological Sciences 328: 103-111.
Boys, C. A. and Thoms, M. C. (2006). A large-scale, hierarchical approach for assessing habitat associations of fish assemblages in large dryland rivers. Hydrobiologia 572: 11-31.
Boys, C. A., Baumgartner, L., Miller, B., Deng, Z. D., Brown, R. and Pflugrath, B. (2013). Protecting downstream migrating fish at mini hydropower and other river infrastructure. Fisheries Final Report Series No. 137. NSW Department of Primary Industries, Cronulla, 93 pp.
Boys, C. A., Southwell, M., Thoms, M. C., Fowler, A. C., Thiebaud, I., Alexander, T. and Reilly, G. (2013). Evaluation of Aquatic Rehabilitation in the Bourke to Brewarrina Demonstration Reach, Barwon-Darling River, Australia. Fisheries Final Report Series No. 135. NSW Department of Primary Industries, Port Stephens Fisheries Institute, 141 pp.
Boys, C., Baumgartner, L., Rampano, B., Robinson, W., Alexander, T., Reilly, G., Roswell, M., Fowler, T. and Lowry, M. (2012). Development of fish screening criteria for water diversions in the Murray-Darling Basin. Fisheries Final Report Series No. 134. NSW Department of Primary Industries, Cronulla.
Boys, C. A., Pease, B. and Robinson, W. (2012). Responses of fish and crustacean assemblages in Hexham Swamp following Stage 1 & 2 opening of Ironbark Creek floodgates. Report to the Hunter-Central Rivers CMA. NSW Department of Primary Industries, 38 pp.
Boys, C. A. and Williams, R. J. (2012). Fish and decapod assemblages in Kooragang Wetlands: the impact of tidal restriction and responses to culvert removal. Fisheries Final Report Series No. 133. NSW Department of Primary Industries, Cronulla, 80 pp.
Boys, C., Rourke, M., Robinson, W., Gilligan, D. and Thiebaud, I. (2011). Status of freshwater catfish populations and their habitat within the Cockburn River. Final report for the Namoi Catchment Management Authority. NSW Department of Primary Industries, Nelson Bay, 52 pp.
Boys, C. A., Miles, N. and Rayner, T. (2009). Scoping options for assessing the impact of cold water pollution mitigation on the fish assemblage downstream of Keepit Dam, Namoi River. MDBA Publication No. 20/09. Murray-Darling Basin Authority, Canberra, 75 pp.
Boys, C. A., Robinson, W., Butcher, A., Zampatti, B. and Lyon, J. (2009). Framework for developing and implementing ecological monitoring and evaluation of aquatic rehabilitation in demonstration reaches. MDBA Publication No. 43/08. Murray-Darling Basin Authority, Canberra.
Barrett, J., Baumgartner, L. J., Boys, C. A., Mallen-Cooper, M., Stuart, I. G. and Zampatti, B. P. (2008). The need for fish passage in the Murray-Darling Basin. In: J. Barrett (ed.). The sea to Hume Dam: Restoring fish passage in the Murray River. Murray-Darling Basin Commission, Canberra, 1-11 pp.
Baumgartner, L. J., Boys, C. A., Zampatti, B. P. and Stuart, I. G. (2008). Assessment of fish passage through fishways at Lock 7, 9 and 10. In: J. Barrett (ed.). The sea to Hume Dam: Improving fish passage in the Murray River. Murray-Darling Basin Commission, Canberra, 31-41 pp.
Boys, C. A. (2007). Fish-habitat associations in a large dryland river of the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia. PhD Thesis, University of Canberra, Canberra. 320 pp.
Boys, C. A., Esslemont, G. and Thoms, M. C. (2005). Fish Habitat Assessment and Protection in the Barwon-Darling and Paroo Rivers. Fisheries Final Report Series No. 78. NSW Department of Primary Industries, Cronulla, 105 pp.