Publications

For some of the papers below, the publishers have made the pdf freely available. For others, the publishers have not. In the latter case, contact me (barbarad@unimelb.edu.au)  if you need copies of particular journal articles, because I am able to supply pdfs for some papers.

Books

Lancaster&DownesCoverLancaster J. & Downes B.J. (2013) Aquatic Entomology. Oxford University Press, Oxford UK

 

 

 

Freshwater Ecology: A Scientific Introduction (063205266X) cover imageCloss, G., Downes, B.J. & Boulton A. (2004) Freshwater Ecology: A Scientific Introduction. xiv + 221 pp. Blackwell Scientific, Oxford UK

 

 

 

Downes B.J., Barmuta L.A., Fairweather P.G., Faith D.P.,Keough M.J.,Lake P.S., Mapstone B.D. & Quinn G.P. (2002) Monitoring Ecological Impacts: Concepts and Practice in Flowing Waters. xii + 434 pp. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK

 

 

Papers, Chapters in Books, Conference papers

Brooks A.J., Wolfenden B, Downes B.J. & Lancaster J. (2017) Do pools impede drift dispersal by stream insects? Freshwater Biology in press Read more

Lancaster J. and Downes B.J. (2017) Dispersal traits may reflect dispersal distances, but dispersers may not connect populations demographically. Oecologia 184,171–182 Read more…

Downes B.J., Lancaster J., Glaister A. and Bovill W.D. (2017) A fresh approach reveals how dispersal shapes metacommunity structure in a human-altered landscape. Journal of Applied Ecology 54, 588–598 Read more…

Or read the Journal of Applied Ecology’s blog description here

Lancaster J. and Downes B.J. (2017) A landscape-scale field experiment reveals the importance of dispersal in a resource-limited metacommunity. Ecology 98, 565–575  Read more

Downes B.J., Lancaster J., Glaister A. and Bovill W.D. (2016) Data from: A fresh approach reveals how dispersal shapes metacommunity structure in a human-altered landscape. doi: 10.5061/dyrad.rt201, http://datadryad.org/

Macqueen, A. & Downes B.J. (2015) Large-scale manipulation of oviposition substrata affects egg supply to populations of some stream-dwelling caddisflies. Freshwater Biology, 60, 802-812  Read more…

Bovill W.D., Downes B.J. and Lancaster J. (2015) Caddisfly egg mass morphology mediates egg predation: potential costs to individuals and populations. Freshwater Biology 60, 360-372 Read more…

Lancaster J. and Downes B.J. (2014) Population densities and density-area relationships in a community with advective dispersal and variable mosaics of resource patches. Oecologia 176, 985-996  Read more…

Catford J, Morris W., Vesk P.V., Gippel C.J. and Downes B.J. (2014) Species and environmental characteristics point to flow regulation and drought as drivers of riparian plant invasion. Diversity and Distributions 20, 1084–1096 Read more…

Lancaster J. and Downes B.J. (2014) Maternal behaviours may explain riffle-scale variations in some stream insect populations. Freshwater Biology, 59, 502-513 Read more…

Bovill, W.D., Downes B.J. and Lancaster J. (2013) A test of the preference-performance hypothesis in stream insects: selective oviposition affects the hatching success of caddisfly eggs. Freshwater Biology, 58, 2287–2298 Read more…

Downes B.J., Miller F., Barnett J., Glaister A and Ellemor H (2013) How do we know about resilience? An analysis of empirical research on resilience, and implications for interdisciplinary praxis. Environmental Research Letters, 8, 014041 Read more…

Interested in resilience? Read more about this work and others in this group of articles at the Chronicle of Higher Education (Washington DC)

Greet J., Webb J.A. & Downes B.J. (2011) Flow variability maintains the structure and composition of in-channel riparian vegetation. Freshwater Biology, 56, 2514–2528 Read more…

Barbee, N.C., Hale R., Morrongiello J., Hicks A., Semmens, D., Downes, B.J. & Swearer S.E (2011) Large-scale variation in life history traits of the widespread diadromous fish, Galaxias maculatus, reflects geographic differences in local environmental conditions. Marine and Freshwater Research, 62,.790-800 Read more…

Lancaster, J., Downes B.J. & Arnold A. (2011) Lasting effects of maternal behaviour on the distribution of a dispersive stream insect. Journal of Animal Ecology, 80, 1061–1069 Read more…

Downes B.J., Lancaster J., Hale, R., Glaister A.  & Bovill W.D. (2011). Plastic and unpredictable responses of stream invertebrates to leaf pack patches across sandy-bottomed streams. Marine and Freshwater Research, 62, 394–403 Read more…

Catford J. A., Downes B.J., Gippel C.J. & Vesk P. (2011) Flow regulation causes a decline in native plant cover and facilitates exotic invasion in River Murray wetlands. Journal of Applied Ecology, 48, 432–442 Read more…

Reich P., Hale R., Downes B.J. & Lancaster J. (2011) Environmental cues or conspecific attraction as causes for egg mass aggregation in hydrobiosid caddisflies. Hydrobiologia, 661, 351–362 Read more…

Hicks A., Barbee N., Swearer S.E. & Downes B.J. (2010) Estuarine geomorphology and low salinity requirement for fertilisation influence spawning in the diadromous fish, Galaxias maculatus. Marine & Freshwater Research, 61, 1252–1258 Read more…

Lancaster J. & Downes B.J. (2010) Ecohydraulics needs to embrace ecology and sound science, and to avoid mathematical artefacts. River Research and Applications, 26, 921–929 Read more…

Lancaster J., Downes B.J. & Arnold A. (2010) Oviposition site selectivity of some stream-dwelling caddisflies. Hydrobiologia, 652, 165-178 Read more…

Lancaster J., Downes B.J. & Arnold A. (2010) Environmental constraints on oviposition limit egg supply of a stream insect at multiple scales. Oecologia, 163, 373–384 Read more…

Lancaster J. & Downes B.J. (2010) Linking the hydraulic world of individual organisms to ecological processes: Putting ecology into ecohydraulics. River Research and Applications, 26: pp 385-403 Read more…

Catford J. and Downes B.J. (2010) Using multi-scale species distribution data to infer drivers of biological invasion in riparian wetlands. Diversity and Distributions, 16, 20–32 Read more…

Downes B.J. (2010) Back to the future: Little-used tools and principles of scientific inference can help disentangle effects of multiple stressors on freshwater ecosystems. Freshwater Biology, 55 (Suppl. 1), 60–79 Read more…

Downes B.J. and Lancaster J. (2010) Does dispersal control population densities in advection-dominated systems? A fresh look at critical assumptions and a direct test. Journal of Animal Ecology, 79, 235–248 Read more…

Hale, R., Swearer S. & Downes B.J. (2009) Is settlement at small spatial scales by diadromous fish from the Family Galaxiidae passive or active in a small coastal river? Marine and Freshwater Research, 60, 971–975 Read more…

Lancaster J., Downes B.J. & Glaister A. (2009) Interacting environmental gradients, trade-offs and reversals in the abundance-environment relationships of stream insects: when flow is unimportant. Marine and Freshwater Research, 60, 259–270 Read more…

Hale R., Swearer S.E. & Downes B.J. (2009) Separating natural responses from experimental artefacts: habitat selection by a diadromous fish species using odours from conspecifics and natural stream water. Oecologia, 159, 679–687 Read more…

Hale R., Downes B.J. & Swearer S.E. (2008) Habitat selection as a source of inter-specific differences in populations of two diadromous fish species. Freshwater Biology, 53, 2145–2157 Read more…

Downes B.J. and Reich P. (2008) What is the spatial structure of stream insect populations? Dispersal behaviour of different life-history stages. In: Aquatic Insects: Challenges for Populations (eds J. Lancaster, R. Briers). pp 184-203, CAB International, Wallingford, UK

Warner E., Ryder D., Boulton A. & Downes B. (2007) Biofilm and flow regimes: developing a biological monitoring program for the Nymboida River, northern NSW. In: Wilson A.L., Dehaan R.L., Watts R.J., Page K.J., Bowmer K.H. & Curtis A. (eds.) Proceedings of the Fifth Australian Stream Management Conference: Australian Rivers: Making a Difference. pp 419-424. Institute for Land & Water, Charles Sturt University, Thurgoona NSW. Read more…

Sharpe A.K. & Downes B.J. (2006) The effects of supply, settlement and post settlement processes on the distribution of two species of filter-feeding caddis. Freshwater Biology, 51, 717-729 Read more…

Webb J.A., Downes, B.J., Lake P.S. & Glaister A. (2006) Quantifying abrasion of stable substrata in streams: a new disturbance index for epilithic biota.  Hydrobiologia, 559, 443-453 Read more…

Downes B.J. (2006) Monitoring experiences from downunder – the importance of deciding a priori what constitutes a significant environmental change. In: Biological Monitoring of Rivers: Applications and Perspectives. eds: G. Ziglio, M. Siligardi & G. Flaim pp. 369-381. John Wiley and Sons, Chichester, UK Read more…

Downes B.J., Lake P.S., Glaister A. & Bond N. (2006) Effects of sand sedimentation on macroinvertebrates of lowland creeks. Are the effects consistent? Freshwater Biology, 51, 144-160 Read more…

Downes, B.J., Bellgrove A. & Street, J.L. (2005) Drifting or walking? Colonisation routes used by different instars and species of lotic, macroinvertebrate filter-feeders. Marine & Freshwater Research, 56, 815-824 Read more…

Howell, T., Arthington, A., Pusey, B., Brooks, A., Creese, R. & Downes, B.J. (2005) Measuring the effect of river rehabilitation for fishes: logistical constraints on experimental design. In: Rutherfurd, I. and Wiszniewski, I. (eds.) Proceedings of the Fourth Australian Stream Management Conference: Linking Rivers to Landscapes. pp 299-305. Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment, Hobart Tasmania.

Downes, B.J. & Street, J.L. (2005) Regrowth or dispersal? Recovery of a freshwater, red alga, Audouinella hermannii, following disturbance at the patch scale. Austral Ecology, 30, 526-536 Read more…

Gaskett A.E., Herberstein M.E., Downes, B.J. & Elgar M.A. (2004) Life-time male mating preferences in a sexually cannibalistic orb-web spider (Araneae: Araneidae).  Behaviour 141, 1197-1210 Read more…

Reich P & Downes B.J (2004) Relating larval distributions to patterns of oviposition: evidence from lotic hydrobiosid caddisflies. Freshwater Biology 49, 1423-1436 Read more…

Townsend C.R., Downes B.J., Peacock K. & Arbuckle C.J. (2004) Scale and the detection of land-use effects on morphology, vegetation and macroinvertebrate communities of grassland streams. Freshwater Biology 49, 448-462 Read more…

Lancaster, J. & Downes B.J. (2004) Spatial point pattern analysis of available and exploited resources. Ecography 27, 94-102 Read more…

Lancaster, J., Downes B.J. & Reich P. (2003) Linking measures of landscape patterns of resource distribution with models of aggregation in ovipositing stream insects. Journal of Animal Ecology, 72, 969-978 Read more…

Reich P. & Downes B.J. (2003) The distribution of aquatic invertebrate egg masses in relation to the physical characteristics of oviposition sites at two Victorian upland streams. Freshwater Biology, 48, 1497-1513 Read more…

Reich P. & Downes BJ (2003) Experimental evidence for physical cues involved in oviposition site selection of lotic hydrobiosid caddisflies.  Oecologia 136, 465-475 Read more…

Downes B.J., Entwisle T.J. & Reich P. (2003) Effects of flow regulation on disturbance frequencies and in-channel bryophytes and macroalgae in some upland streams. River Research and Applications, 19, 27-42 Read more…

Bond N.R. & Downes B.J. (2003) The independent and interactive effects of fine sediment and flow on benthic invertebrate communities characteristic of small upland streams Freshwater Biology, 48, 455-465 Read more…

Lake P.S., Downes B.J. & Glaister A. (2002) Restoration ecology in flowing waters – problems and prospects. Verhandlungen Internationale Vereinigung für Theoretische und Angewandte Limnologie, 28, 501-503

Thomson J.R., Lake P.S. & Downes B.J. (2002) The effect of hydrological disturbance on the impact of a benthic invertebrate predator. Ecology, 83, 628-642 Read more…

Bond N.R., Perry G.W.S. & Downes B.J. (2000) Dispersal of organisms in a patchy stream environment under different settlement scenarios. Journal of Animal Ecology 69, 608-619 Read more…

Downes B.J., P. S. Lake, E. S. G. Schreiber, A. Glaister (2000) Habitat structure, resources and diversity: the separate effects of surface roughness and macroalgae on stream invertebrates. Oecologia 123, 569-581 Read more…

Bond N.R. & Downes B.J. (2000) Flow-related disturbance in streams: an experimental test of the role of rock movement in reducing macroinvertebrate population densities. Marine & Freshwater Research 51, 333-337 Read more…

Downes, B.J., Hindell J.S. & Bond, N.R. (2000) What’s in a site? Variation in invertebrate density and diversity in a spatially replicated experiment. Austral Ecology 25, 128-139 Read more…

Downes, B.J., Lake, P.S., Glaister, A. & Webb. J.A. (1998) Scales and frequencies of disturbances: rock size, bed packing and variation among upland streams. Freshwater Biology 40, 625-639 Read more…

Downes, B.J., Lake, P.S., Schreiber, E.S.G. & Glaister, A. (1998) Habitat structure and the regulation of local species diversity in a stony upland stream. Ecological Monographs 68, 237-257 Read more…

Downes, B.J. & Keough, M.J. (1998) Scaling of colonization processes in streams: parallels and lessons from marine hard substrata. Australian Journal of Ecology 23, 8-26 Read more…

Downes, B.J., Glaister, A. & Lake, P.S. (1997) Spatial variation in the force required to initiate rock movement in 4 upland streams: implications for estimating disturbance frequencies.  Journal of the North American Benthological Society 16, 203-220 Read more…

Downes, B.J., Lake, P.S. & Schreiber, E.S.G. (1995) Habitat structure and invertebrate assemblages on stream stones – a multivariate view from the riffle. Australian Journal of Ecology 20, 502-514 Read more…

Downes, B.J. (1995) Spatial and temporal variation in recruitment and its effects on regulation of parasite populations.  Oecologia 102, 501-510 Read more…

Sanson, G.D., Stolk, R. & Downes, B.J. (1995) A new method for characterising surface roughness and available space in biological systems. Functional Ecology 9, 127-135

Downes, B.J., Lake, P.S., Schreiber, E.S.G. & Sanson, G.D. (1994) Surface roughness and the abundance of epilithon on stream stones. Verhandlungen Internationale Vereinigung für Theoretische und Angewandte Limnologie. 25,  p. 1834

Downes, B.J., Lake, P.S. & Schreiber E.S.G. (1993) Spatial variation in the distribution of stream invertebrates: implications of patchiness for models of community organization.  Freshwater Biology 30: 119-132 Read more…

Downes, B.J. & Jordan, J. (1993) Effects of stone topography on abundance of net-building caddisfly larvae and arthropod diversity in an upland stream.  Hydrobiologia 252, 163-174 Read more…

Downes, B.J. & Lake, P.S. (1991) Different colonization patterns of two closely related stream insects (Austrosimulium spp.) following disturbance.  Freshwater Biology  26, 295-306 Read more…

Downes, B.J.  (1991). Competition between mobile species using patchy resources: an example from a freshwater, symbiotic assemblage.  Oecologia 85, 472-482 Read more…

Downes, B.J. (1990) Patch dynamics and mobility of fauna in streams and other habitats.  Oikos  27, 411-413

Downes, B.J. (1990) Host-induced morphology in mites: implications for host-parasite coevolution.  Systematic Zoology  39, 162-168

Downes, B.J. (1989) Host specificity, host location and dispersal: experimental conclusions from freshwater mites (Unionicola spp.) parasitizing unionid mussels. Parasitology  98, 189-196

Downes, B.J. (1987) Ecology. In: From Cells to Salt Marshes: Applied Biology. (P.C. Hayward, G.D. Newton, G.M. Watson & A.S. Lumsden, eds) 3rd edition, Burgess Publishing Co., Minneapolis, USA

Downes, B.J. (1986) Guild structure in water mites (Unionicola spp.) inhabiting freshwater mussels: choice, competitive exclusion and sex.  Oecologia 70, 457-465 Read more…

Keough, M.J. & Downes, B.J. (1986) Effects of settlement and post-settlement mortality on the distribution of the ascidian Trididemnum opacum. Marine  Ecology Progress Series  33, 279-285

Downes, B.J. (1984) Host-location by the reptile tick Aponomma hydrosauri:  the roles of physical disturbance and odor.  Journal of Parasitology  70, 164-166

Keough, M.J. & Downes, B.J. (1982) Recruitment of marine invertebrates: the role of active larval choices and early mortality. Oecologia 54, 348-352. Read more…