BUTLER, Gavin

Gavin Butler

Research expertise

  • Biology of freshwater fish
  • Coastal freshwater fish
  • Animal biotelemetry and the use of underwater cameras
  • Environmental water monitoring

Background

Gavin Butler is based at Grafton Fisheries Centre and first joined NSW Fisheries in 2004. He is currently employed as a Research Scientist with the department and manages a number of research projects across northern NSW. His research has included a number of active and passive fish tagging projects, projects to monitor environmental watering outcomes, and with the results helping to drive water reforms in a number of the state’s rivers.

Qualifications

  • B. App.Sc. (Hons) – Southern Cross University 2001
  • PhD – Southern Cross University 2009

Projects

  • Commonwealth Environmental Water monitoring in the Gwydir and Warrego rivers
  • Acoustic tracking of five large-bodied fish species in the Clarence River
  • Biology of the Murray cod Maccullochella peelii peelii in the Border Rivers of NSW
  • The effects of flow and barriers on fish assemblages in the Clarence River
  • North Coast Ecohealth
  • Building a stronger more sustainable freshwater recreational fishery in NSW

Recent publications

Butler GL & Rowland SJ (2009) Using underwater cameras to describe the reproductive behaviour of the endangered eastern freshwater cod Maccullochella ikei. Ecology of Freshwater Fish, 18, 337-349.

Butler GL, Mackay B, Rowland SJ & Pease BC (2009) Retention of intra-peritoneal transmitters and post-operative recovery of four Australian native fish species. Marine and Freshwater Research, 60, 361-371.

Butler GL (2009) Review of the biology and conservation of the endangered eastern freshwater cod Maccullochella ikei, with particular reference to defining environmental water requirements. Unregulated River Water Sharing Plan Ecological Monitoring and Reporting. NSW Department of Water and Energy, Sydney.

Butler GL, Mackay B & Hutchison J (2009) Fish assemblages of Coopers Creek and the Wilsons River in the Richmond River Catchment, with special reference to the endangered eastern freshwater cod Maccullochella ikei. Unregulated River Water Sharing Plan Ecological Monitoring and Reporting. NSW Department of Water and Energy, Sydney.

Butler GL & Rowland SJ (2008) Using traditional age and growth techniques in endangered species management: eastern freshwater cod Maccullochella ikei. Marine and Freshwater Research, 59, 684-693.

Knight JT, Butler GL, Smith PS & Wagner NE (2007) Reproductive biology of the endangered Oxleyan pygmy perch Nannoperca oxleyana Whitley. Journal of Fish Biology, 71, 1494-1511.

Contact details

Location: Grafton Fisheries Centre
Phone: (02) 6640 1671
Email: gavin.butler@dpi.nsw.gov.au