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Professor, Aquatic Ecology and Director, Centre for Regional and Rural Futures, Deakin University

Professor Rebecca Lester specialises in integration of knowledge to create new understanding. Rebecca’s scientific background is in the management of aquatic ecosystems, including the intersection with ecological theory, related disciplines (e.g. hydrology and geomorphology) and the social and economic impacts of natural resource management. She specialises in synthesising knowledge across disciplines, types of species (e.g. vegetation, invertebrates and fish) and in space and time, including developing predictive models.
Rebecca’s projects include developing a framework for a Basin-wide ecological response model for the Murray-Darling Basin. She is passionate about regional development in Victoria and, is the lead Knowledge-broker for the Victorian Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub.


  • 2021–present
    Professor, Deakin University


  • 2007 
    Monash University, Doctor of Philosophy

Research Areas

  • Freshwater Ecology (060204)
  • Marine And Estuarine Ecology (Incl. Marine Ichthyology) (060205)