Rob Hale
DEECA (Victorian Government)

Rob Hale

Dr Rob Hale

Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research, Victorian Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA)


Dr Rob Hale is an aquatic ecologist whose research interests fall broadly into 2 categories: investigating the population and behavioural ecology of aquatic taxa, and understanding how aquatic ecosystems respond to anthropogenic disturbances and subsequent attempts to restore them. He also has extensive experience in the design and assessment of environmental monitoring programs.

Research outputs linked to policy change and decision-making

  • Spreading the risk: developing principles to manage current and future threats for freshwater biodiversity: DEECA
  • State-wide eDNA surveillance monitoring for freshwater vertebrates: DEECA
  • Assessing the ecological costs and benefits of urban stormwater wetlands: Australian Research Council
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of riparian restoration in the Murray-Darling Basin: Murray-Darling Basin Authority.

Current academic employment and positions

  • 2019–present: Senior Scientist, DEECA
  • 2012–19: Research Fellow, School of BioSciences, University of Melbourne
  • 2009–11: Research Fellow, School of Biological Sciences, Monash University.

My Projects

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