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Garth Watson - Research Officer




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

Garth uses emerging DNA technologies to generate molecular data for the Centre. These include metagenomics and DNA microarrays. He manages the molecular laboratory, supervisors students and consults as an aquatic ecologist for the Centre.

Garth’s research topics of interest include the molecular profiling of :

• microbial communities in streams and wetlands to resolve ecosystem structure, function & energy flow, and
• predator gut contents to resolve food web dynamics


Garth has been employed at the Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre since 1990, 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 with CSIRO Molecular and Health Technologies (Sydney).

Academic qualifications

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

For access to Garth Watson's publications visit our electronic library