Professor Richard Kingsford is Director of the Australian Wetlands and Rivers Centre, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences of the University of NSW. He has focussed his research over about the last 20 years on the waterbirds, wetlands and rivers of arid Australia, which cover about 70% of the continent. He has identified the significant impacts of water resource development on the rivers and wetlands of the Murray-Darling Basin and other parts of the world and he has contributed to policy development and environmental flow management. He is a member of the Australian Government’s Environmental Flows Scientific Committee. He runs an aerial surveys of waterbirds that cover about a third of the continent and spans each of the southern states. He received a Eureka Award in 2001 for his research on inland wetlands and water resource development. He has more than 100 publications including three books, including one on the desert rivers of the world. In 2007, he received the Hoffman medal for contribution to global wetland science and the Eureka Award for Promoting Understanding of Science in 2008.