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Biographical entry Walker, Keith Forbes (1946 - 2016)

20 June 1946
Aberdeen, Scotland
27 February 2016
Parawa, South Australia, Australia
Freshwater ecologist and Limnologist


Keith Walker was a limnologist and expert on the ecology of river flood plains, including their hydrology and hydraulics, geomorphology and biota. He was Australia's most well-regarded authority of the Murray-Darling River system, and served on a number of expert panels that published key reports of the Murray Darling Basin Commission. In 1986 he co-founded the leading international journal on river research, Regulated rivers: research and management. Walker was also recognised internationally as a leading researcher on the ecology and taxonomy of freshwater mussels, publishing Ecology of freshwater mussels in Australia for the Australian Water Resources Council in 1981.



Life event - Migrated to Australia with this family
1975 - 2007
Career position - Associate Professor in Environmental Biology, University of Adelaide
Career position - Visiting Scientist, Freshwater Biological Association River Laboratory, Wareham, United Kingdom
1986 - 2016
Career position - Member, Editorial Board, Regulated rivers: research and management (later River research and management)
Award - Stephen Cole the Elder Prize for Excellence in Teaching, University of Adelaide
1992 - 1993
Career position - Project Leader, Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, FAO, China
Award - Medal for Excellence in Freshwater Research, Australian Society for Limnology
1997 - 1999
Career position - Sub-Program Leader, Australian Agency for International Development, Bangkok, Thailand
Award - Unsung Hero of South Australian Science Award, Australian Science Communicators
2001 - 2002
Career position - Editor, Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia
Life event - Retired
2007 - 2016
Career position - Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Biological Sciences, University of Adelaide
Award - Whitley Medal (joint with Paul Humphries), Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales
2013 - 2015
Career position - Adjunct Professor, Veterinary and Life Sciences, Murdoch University

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Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Geddes, Mike, Sheldon, Fran, Jillman, Terry, Zampatti, Brenton and Williams, Craig, 'Advances in the study of River Murray ecology and the legacy of Keith Forbes Walker (1946 - 2016)', Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia, 141 (2) (2017), 87-9. Details
  • Sheldon, F. and Geddes, M., 'Vale Keith Walker 1946 - 2016', River research and applications, 32 (5) (2016), 1138-9. Details

See also

  • Nicol, Jason M. and Ganf, George G., 'A botanical, ecological and hydrological contribution to understanding the Lower River Murray and beyond', Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia, 141 (2) (2017), 92-107. Details

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