David T Roberts

Senior Scientist - Asset Optimisation

117 Brisbane Street, Ipswich, QLD, 4305 | PO Box 16146, City East, QLD 4002
p (07) 3035 5606 | m 0488 012 208 | f (07) 3229 7926
e david.t.roberts@seqwater.com.au | w www.seqwater.com.au

Bio & Research Interests

I am currently employed at Seqwater as a Senior Scientist and have an Adjunct Research Fellow in the
Australian Rivers Institute at Griffith University. I have a PhD from Griffith University in Ecology having
investigated the trophic dynamics of a sub-tropical reservoir.

My research focus has been on freshwater ecosystems including the fish ecology, limnology and water
quality processes. Recent research includes the assessment of catadromous fish migratory needs,
assessments of fishway performance, Australian Lungfish ecology and behavioural patterns. I am currently
part of the research team on the ARC grant “Have we already lost the Australian Lungfish?” investigating
the population dynamics and vulnerability of this unique Australian fish.


PhD School of Environment, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia 2013. Title: Trophic Implications of
Changes in Dominant Carbon and Nitrogen Sources to the Food Web of Lake Samsonvale”

BSc (Biology) Central Queensland University 1994


·       Australian Society for Limnology

·       Australian Society for Fish Biology

·       Australian and New Guinea Fish Association

Awards, Scholarships & Fellowships

·       Winner, best RHD Student Symposium presentation, Griffith University, 2008


Roberts, D. T., L. J. Duivenvoorden, et al. (2008). "Factors influencing recruitment patterns of Golden Perch (Macquaria ambigua oriens) within a hydrologically variable and regulated Australian tropical river system." Ecology of Freshwater Fish 17(4): 577-589.

·       Leigh, C., M. A. Burford, et al. (2010). "Cyanobacterial Blooms: Assessing reservoir vulnerability." Water(December).

·       Leigh, C., M. A. Burford, et al. (2010). "Predicting the vulnerability of reservoirs to poor water quality and cyanobacterial blooms." Water Research 44(15): 4487-4496.

·       Huey, J. A., K. M. Real, et al. (2013). "Isolation and characterization of 21 polymorphic microsatellite loci in the iconic Australian lungfish, Neoceratodus forsteri, using the Ion Torrent next-generation sequencing platform." Conservation Genetics Resources: 1-4.

·       Loh, W. K. W., P. Bond, et al. (2014). "DNA barcoding of freshwater fishes and the development of a quantitative qPCR assay for the species-specific detection and quantification of fish larvae from plankton samples." Journal of Fish Biology 85(2): 307-328.

·       Roberts, D. T., S. Mallett, et al. (2014). "Spawning activity of the Australian lungfish Neoceratodus forsteri in an impoundment." Journal of Fish Biology 84(1): 163-177.

·       Rolls, Robert. J., Stewart-Koster, Ben., Ellison, Tanya., Faggotter, Stephen., Roberts, David T. (2014). "Multiple factors determine the effect of anthropogenic barriers to connectivity on riverine fish." Biodiversity and Conservation: 1-20.

·       Rolls, Robert J., Ellison, Tanya., Faggotter, Stephen., Roberts, David T. (2013). "Consequences of connectivity alteration on riverine fish assemblages: potential opportunities to overcome constraints in applying conventional monitoring designs." Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 23: 624-640.

·       Hughes, Jane M., Schmidt, Daniel J., Huey, Joel A., Real, Kathryn M., Espinoza, Tom, McDougall, Andrew., Kind, Peter K., Brooks, Steven., Roberts, David T. (2015) Extremely low microsatellite diversity but distinct population structure in a long-lived threatened species, the Australian lungfish Neoceratodus forsteri (Dipnoi). PLOS ONE.

Conference Presentations

·       International Society of Limnology (SIL), August 2010. Presentation Title: Whole of ecosystem responses to prolonged drought and extreme water level declines in sub-tropical water supply reservoirs. Roberts, D.T., Burford, M.A., Bunn, S.E.

·       The 6th International Conference on Applications of Stable Isotope Techniques to Ecological Studies, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, 25-29 August 2006. Poster: Drought alters primary energy sources resulting in cascading food web effects in a sub-tropical reservoir. Roberts, D.T., Burford, M.A., Bunn, S.E.

·       10 th International Association for Ecology (INTECOL), 2009. Ecology in a Changing Climate. Poster: Whole of ecosystem responses to prolonged drought conditions in a sub-tropical water supply reservoir. David Roberts, Michele Burford.

·       Australian Society for Limnology, 2007. Presentation Title: The effect of drought on the food web of a sub-tropical reservoir, South-East Queensland. Roberts, D.T., Burford, M.A., Bunn, S.E.

·       Australian Society for Limnology, 2011. Presentation Title: Drought induced shifts in food web structure and function of a sub-tropical drinking water reservoir. Roberts, D.T., Burford, M.A., Bunn, S.E.

·       Australian Society for Fish Biology, 2013. Presentation Title: Behaviour of the Australian Lungfish (Neoceratodus forsteri) within a large impoundment habitat. David Roberts, Hamish Campbell, Ross Dwyer, Kris Pitman.