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Garth Watson - Research Officer




Garth Watson is a senior technical officer based at The Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre in Wodonga, Victoria, Australia.

Garth’s main responsibilities lie in the generation of molecular data for a variety of projects and the development of molecular protocols. He manages the molecular laboratory and trains post-graduate students from a variety of universities. Garth also consults as an aquatic ecologist for the Centre.

Garth’s research topics of special interest include:

  • Fungal decomposition studies
  • Microbial community structure and function in biofilms and sediments
  • Molecular gut analysis


Garth has been employed at the Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre for 23 years, initially employed in zooplankton taxonomy and ecology but went on to play a major role in the establishment of the molecular biology facility in 2001. Prior to his current term with MDFRC (1984 – 1989), Garth was employed as a technical assistant with CSIRO Molecular and Health Technologies (Sydney).

Academic qualifications

  • B.Sc. Macquarie University (molecular biology) 1990
  • GradDip. Environmental Management La Trobe University 1996

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