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Dr Debashish Mazumder

Senior Research Scientist

Role at ANSTO

Debashish is a Senior Research Scientist in the Institute for Environmental Research. He is responsible for undertaking research on energy and nutrient pathways and food web interactions in aquatic ecosystems. His work involves applying isotopic and nuclear techniques to better understand the impacts of human activity, water management, land use and climate variability on the structure, function and health of aquatic ecosystems.

Dr Mazumder is currently collaborating with universities and government agencies in Australia and Asia-Pacific countries in various projects that aim to quantify environmental problems to improve outcomes in sustainable management of water resources. 


  • Energy and nutrient pathways and food web interactions in aquatic ecosystems
  • Source and fate of anthropogenic nitrogen in aquatic ecosystems
  • Carbon and nitrogen dynamics and carbon sequestrations in wetlands
  • Human impact on aquatic ecosystem health
  • Tracing carbon connectivity between groundwater and surface water food webs
  • Maximising the benefit of aquaculture operations through the application of nuclear and isotopic techniques

Qualifications & Achievements

  • PhD (Saltmarsh and mangrove wetlands ecology), Australian Catholic University (ACU National)-2004
  • MSc in Environmental Technology, Imperial College, London, United Kingdom-1998 
  • Post-doctoral Research Fellow, ANSTO Institute for Environmental Research-2004-7
  • Recipient of John Holliday Conservation Award from Department of Primary Industries (Fisheries) NSW, Australia for the most significant research contribution to the conservation of fisheries habitat in NSW-2002

Committee Memberships and Affiliations

  • Adjunct Senior Lecturer: Biological Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES), UNSW 
  • Adjunct Honorary Fellow: Department of Environmental Sciences, Macquarie University 
  • Adjunct Professor: The College of Nature Conservation of the Beijing Forestry University, China
  • Associate Editor: Wetlands (Springer International Journal)
  • Member: Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS)
  • Reviewer for International journals in relevant discipline