International student helps conservation of iconic Australian Fish

By Juan Tao, Australian Rivers Institute PhD candidate

Roughly three years ago, I became an ARI Ph.D. student. I am studying how human’s modify water flows in rivers, and how this affects their food-webs, including lung-fish. Now I am close to the end of my Ph.D. journey and I can’t believe how quickly the time has passed (I should be writing my thesis right now!).

Juan Tao gently carrying his study animal (an Australian lungfish) prior to release

I am doing a joint Ph.D. project between University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) and Griffith University (GU). I spent four years in the Institute of Hydrobiology (IHB, UCAS) before I came to ARI. After completing my project, I will obtain two PhD degrees since I did two fully separated theses. In addition to contributing to better environmental water management through my future career, I also intend to continue fostering the collaborative partnership between ARI and IHB.

My time at ARI has been highly satisfying, not only because my study findings will contribute to the conservation of Australian Lungfish, but also because the knowledge and experience I gained will help me in my future career.



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