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Catchment to Reef Processes

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Theme leader – Mr Jon Brodie

The Catchment to Reef Processes research group is one of Australia’s leading research groups in the study of environmental issues along the 'catchment to reef continuum’, from the headwaters of the Great Barrier Reef catchment to the outer reef.

Research undertaken by the group includes:

  • Tracing the sources of pollutants (sediments, nutrients and pesticides) from different land uses (i.e. cattle grazing, sugar cane, horticulture and urban) within catchments
  • The transport and dispersal of land-based pollutants in coastal and marine environments
  • The quantification of pollutant loads to the GBR lagoon from end-of-catchment monitoring and coral core proxy records
  • The exposure and risk of land-based pollutants to coastal wetland, mangrove, seagrass and coral reef ecosystems
  • Modeling of ecohydrological and oceanographic processes in estuaries and the GBR




Research Staff

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Ms Zoe Bainbridge, Ms Kathryn BerryDr Kathy BurnsDr Eduardo da SilvaDr Aaron DavisDr Jennifer DeboseDr Michelle DevlinMr Geoff EndoDr Stephen LewisDr Paul NelsonDr Dominique O'BrienDr Caroline PetusDr Colette ThomasMs Jane WaterhouseMs Amelia WengerProf. Eric Wolanski

Research Programs


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Analytical Services

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After 25 years of successful operation,  the ACTFR has now partnered with other researchers and academic groups within JCU to form TropWATER.  The ACTFR name is no longer in official use but its legacy continues within TropWATER and its new partners