Marcus Barber is an environmental anthropologist with CSIRO Land and Water. He has over 15 years field research experience with Aboriginal Australians, focused on contemporary cultural and natural resource management and development. His postgraduate research in Blue Mud Bay, NT contributed directly to a High Court decision recognising indigenous rights to the inter-tidal zone along the Northern Territory coastline and he has researched and written about Aboriginal freshwater values, rights and interests in key locations in Western Australia, the Northern Territory, and Queensland. This includes leading the Indigenous water values, rights and interests sub-projects of the Northern Australia Water Resource Assessment (2016-2018) and the Flinders and Gilbert Agriculture Resource Assessment (2012-13). He has expertise in the interface between scientific and indigenous knowledges, and recently completed a documentary film about the benefits of indigenous rangers.

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