I began my career in wetlands research after completing my biology degree at Murdoch University in 1987.

Supervised by Prof. Jenny Davis, my Honour’s thesis addressed the effects of lead shot (from duck shooting) on wetland ecosystems. After my undergraduate training, I won the Neville Stanley Studentship (a Western Australia Government industry/research initiative) examining the suitability of midge (Chironomidae) larvae as tropical fish food. I commenced my PhD in 1988 at Murdoch with Jenny Davis, researching the ecology and rehabilitation of Lake Monger (a large eutrophic urban wetland in Perth). After completing my PhD in 1992, I took up a position as an associate lecturer at Edith Cowan University (ECU) in environmental management. I gained tenure at ECU in 1996, and have since been promoted to Associate Professor.

While at ECU, I have been the Head of the School of Natural Sciences (2006-2012), Program Leader for Biological Remediation in the Centre for Sustainable Mine Lakes (a State Government Centre of Excellence 2004 to 2009), and I am now the Principal of the MiWER Centre. I have chaired or co-chaired two Australian Society for Limnology conferences (Margaret River and Mandurah), and the International Mine Water Association Congress in Bunbury in 2012.


I have been awarded nationally-competitive grants from the Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP), Australian Research Council (ARC), and Land and Water Australia worth over $1.8 M, as well as industry grants (e.g., Kemerton Silica Sands, Xstrata, Rio Tinto, city councils, Department of Water (WA)) valued at over $2 M. Many of these projects are collaborative with other researchers within ECU, the University of Western Australia, Curtin University, and state and federal agencies and the private sector; particularly the mining industry.


I am happy to discuss potential research or postgraduate projects with you.

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Research Interests

  • Nutrient cycling
  • Wetland rehabilitation
  • Tropical rivers
  • Treatment of environmental acidity
  • Nuisance midges
  • Limnology of pit lakes

Other Publications

  • Atkinson, C.A., Lund, M.A., and Morris, K.D. (2008) BiblioRakali : the Australian Water Rat, Hydromys chrysogaster Geoffroy, 1804 (Muridae: Hydromyinae), a subject-specific bibliography. Conservation Science Western Australia Journal 7:1, 65-71.pdf
  • Jackson, J., Moro, D., Mawson, P., Lund, M. and Mellican, A. (2007) Bait Uptake and Caching by Red Foxes and Non-target Species in Urban Reserves.Journal of Wildlife Management.71:4, 1134-1140
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  • Lund, M.A. (2005) An ecological risk assessment of irrigation in the Ord River catchment, a highly disturbed and poorly understood area in the wet-dry tropics of Australia. In; Proceedings of the 4th Australian Stream Management Conference 2004. (Ed. I Rutherfurd). Launceston, Tasmania. pdf
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Past Research Staff

Over the years I have employed a number of research staff:

Postdoctoral Fellows:

  • C.D. McCullough - currently Principal Environmental Scientist at Golder Associates, Perth, Australia
  • Santiago Larrañaga - currently a Lecturer at Begoñako Andra Mari Teacher Training College, Bilbao, Spain
  • Naresh Kumar - currently Assistant Professor, Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, India
  • Lu Zhao - currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Sustainable Mines Institute (Queensland).

Research Assistants:

  • Sarah Brown
  • Gary Ogden
  • Scott Ranford
  • Grant Lee
  • Lorraine Wyse
  • Kelli Sargent
  • Darren Ryder
  • Peter Bayliss

Other postgraduates

I have supervised a number of postgraduate and Honours students to completion, and I am interested in supervising any projects in areas related to my research interests. Contact me to discuss possible projects. Find out more

Other research projects

I have also supervised or been involved in a research projects that have looked at waste management and animal ecology.