Max Finlayson, Ph.D.



Biomonitoring 2.0 – Scientific Advisory Board

Professor, Charles Sturt University

Prof. Max Finlayson is an internationally renown wetland ecologist with extensive experience in Australia and overseas in water pollution, mining and agricultural impacts, invasive species, climate change, and human wellbeing and wetlands. He has participated in global assessments such as those conducted by the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, and the Global Environment Outlook. Since the early 1990s he has been a technical advisor to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and has written extensively on wetland ecology and management. Current research interests include wetland and river management, planning and policies; community and indigenous peoples’ involvement in wetland and river management; integration of social, economic and ecologic research; trade-offs among wetland users and uses; water availability and climate change, and impacts on environmental flows; and wetland ecosystem services.


B.Sc. – University of Western Australia (1975)

Ph.D. – James Cook University (1980)


Select Publications

Sutherland WJ, Alves JA, Amano T, Chang CH, Davidson NC, Finlayson CM, Gill JA, Gill RE JR, Gonzalez PM, Gunnarsson TG, Klleijn D, Spray CJ, Szekely T, Thompson DBA. 2012. A horizon scanning assessment of current and potential future threats to migratory shorebirds. Ibis 154: 663–679.

Ens EJ, Finlayson CM, Preuss K, Jakcson S, Holcombe S. 2012. Australian approaches for managing ‘country’ using Indigineous and non-Indigineous knowledge. Ecological Management & Restoration 13(1): 100-107.

Pittock J, Finlayson CM. 2011. Australia’s Murray-Darling Basin: freshwater ecosystem conservation options in an era of climate change. Marine and Freshwater Research 62(3): 232-243.

Alexander S, Nelson CR, Aronson J, Lamb D, Cliquet A, Erwin KL, Finlayson CM, de Groot RS, Harris JA, Higgs ES, Hobbs RJ, Lewis RRR III, Martinez D, Murcia C. 2011. Opportunities and challenges for ecological restoration within REDD+. Restoration Ecology 19(6): 683-689.

Rebelo L-M, McCartney MP, Finlayson CM. 2011. The application of geospatial analyses to support an integrated study into the ecological character and sustainable use of Lake Chilwa. Journal of Great Lakes Research 37: 83-92.

McCartney M, Rebelo L-M, Mapedza E, de Silva S, Finlayson CM. 2011. The Lukanga Swamps: use, conflicts, and management. Journal of International Wildlife Law & Policy 14: 293-310.


Contact Information

Charles Sturt University in Australia

The Grange Chancellery, Panorama Avenue,

Bathurst NSW Australia 2795


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