Luke Carpenter-Bundhoo
Griffith University

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Dr Luke Carpenter-Bundhoo

Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University


Dr Luke Carpenter-Bundhoo is an aquatic ecologist whose research expertise centres around spatial ecology and biomonitoring of freshwater biodiversity. Using various telemetric methods, Dr Carpenter-Bundhoo’s research investigates the hydro-ecological relationships of native freshwater fish to discern water requirements of species inhabiting regulated river systems. His research also uses a variety of biomonitoring techniques to assess the impact of extreme climatic events, such as the 2019–20 ‘Black Summer’ bushfires and 2022 eastern Australian floods, on native aquatic species. Working closely with government, natural resource management groups and Traditional Owners, his research aims to inform targeted conservation and environmental management and monitoring practices.

Research outputs linked to policy change and decision-making

  • NSW Department of Primary Industries (Fisheries): Long-Term Intervention Monitoring program in the Murray–Darling basin
  • Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment: Wildlife and Habitat Bushfire Recovery Program – Threatened species assessment and recovery in burnt coastal wallum wetlands
  • Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment: Post-fire monitoring of wetlands, threatened species and threatened ecological communities on K’gari (Fraser Island) and Great Sandy Strait Ramsar site
  • South-East Queensland Water: Aquatic Habitat Rehabilitation in the Mid-Brisbane River – Baseline Study.

Current academic employment and positions

  • 2020–present: Research Fellow – Aquatic ecology, Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University.

Major prizes, medals and honours

  • 2016–17: Holsworth wildlife research endowment – Ecological Society of Australia
  • 2012: Dean’s merit list – University of Queensland.

My Projects

Current projectCompleted project
NESP RLH, 2021-2027NESP, 2015-2021NERP, 2012-2015TRaCK, 2005-present