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Jon Brodie

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Team Leader
Catchment to Reef Processes Research Group - TropWATER

Chief Research Scientist, Centre for Tropical Water & Aquatic Ecosystem Research (TropWATER), 2014 -

Research Scientist, Australian Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research, James Cook University, 2001 - 2014

Director, Water Quality and Coastal Development Section, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, 1990 - 2001

Research Scientist, Australian Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research, James Cook University, 1988 - 1990

Director, Institute of Natural Resources, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji, 1986 - 1987

Research Fellow, Institute of Natural Resources, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji, 1981 - 1986

Email: Jon.Brodie@jcu.edu.au
Phone: +61 (0)7 4781 6435
Mobile: +61 (0)4 0712 7030

 

Research Interests


My research interests are in the sources of pollutants in catchments, transport of pollutants to the marine environment, the dispersal of land-based pollutants in coastal and marine environments and the effects of terrestrial pollutants on marine ecosystems. I am particularly interested in the following research areas: water quality in tropical coastal marine environments; the effects of sediments, nutrients, pesticides and other contaminants on coral reef and seagrass bed ecosystems; catchment sources of sediment, nutrient and pesticide discharge to coastal environments; land use practices which lead to enhanced rates of sediment, nutrient and pesticide discharge to coastal environments; river plume dynamics and biological, physical and chemical processes occurring in river plumes; temporal and spatial dynamics of water quality on the Great Barrier Reef; water quality management systems in coral reef environments. I have published over 80 peer reviewed articles in this field as well as more than 100 technical reports.

I am also heavily involved in policy advice to Australian governments regarding management of water quality issues for the Great Barrier Reef. I was the lead author of the Scientific Consensus Statement (2008) documenting the status of knowledge and management for water quality issues affecting the Great Barrier Reef for the Queensland Government and I have recently completed the 2013 Scientific Consensus Statement leading a group of more than 50 scientists and policy experts.

Recent Research Projects

 

  • Torres Strait water quality monitoring program - TSRA. 2014.
  • Burnett Mary Water Quality Improvement Plan - BMRG NRM. 2014.
  • Wet Tropics Water Quality Improvement Plan - Terrain NRM. 2014.
  • Reef Plan Herbert Water Quality Monitoring Program - Queensland Government and SRDC. 2011 - 2014.
  • GBRMPA coastal catchments program water quality chapters - GBRMPA, Australian Government. 2012 - 2013.
  • Pesticide dynamics in the Great Barrier Reef catchment and lagoon: management practices (grazing, bananas and grain crops) and risk assessments - Reef Rescue Initiative, Caring for Country, Australian Government. 2010 - 2013.
  • Pesticide dynamics in the Great Barrier Reef catchment and lagoon: management practices in the sugarcane industry - Reef Rescue Initiative, Caring for Country, Australian Government. 2010 - 2013.
  • Tracking coastal turbidity over time and demonstrating the effects of river discharge events on regional turbidity in the GBR - NERP, Australian Government. 2012 - 2014.
  • Hazard Assessment for water quality threats to Torres Strait marine waters, ecosystems and public health - NERP, Australian Government. 2011 - 2013.
  • Conservation planning for a changing coastal zone - NERP, Australian Government. 2011 - 2014.
  • Socio-economic systems and reef resilience - NERP, Australian Government. 2011 - 2014.
  • Catchment to coast conservation planning - NERP, Australian Government. 2011 - 2014.
  • Assessment of vegetated systems as options for treating pollutants in run-off from cane farms - Queensland Government. 2012 - 2014.
  • Reef Rescue MMP – Assessment of terrestrial run off entering the Great Barrier Reef - Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.
  • Risk Assessment for water quality and the GBR - Queensland Government. 2012 - 2013.
  • 2013 Scientific Consensus Statement - Queensland and Australian Governments. 2012 - 2013.
  • Flinders and Gilbert Agricultural Resource Assessment Project - Australian Government. 2012 - 2013.

Recent  Publications


Books, book chapters and technical reports

Davis, A.M., Lewis S.E., O’Brien, D.S., Bainbridge Z.T., Bentley C., Mueller, J.F. and Brodie, J.E. 2014. Water resource development and high value coastal wetlands on the lower Burdekin floodplain, Australia. In: ‘Estuaries of Australia in 2050 and beyond’, Estuaries of the World. Wolanski, Eric (Ed.), pp. 223-245.  Springer, Dordrecht, 292pp.

Waterhouse, J., Brodie, J., Wolanski, E., Petus, C., Higham, W., Armstrong, T. 2013. Hazard assessment of water quality threats to Torres Strait marine waters and ecosystems. Report to the National Environmental Research Program. Reef and rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (75 pp.).

Berry, K.L.E., O'Brien, D., Burns, K.A., Brodie, J. 2013. Unrecognised Pollutant Risks to the Great Barrier Reef. Centre for Tropical Water &Aquatic Ecosystem Research (TropWATER) Report No. 13/23, James Cook University, Townsville, 36pp.

http://research.jcu.edu.au/research/tropwater/publication/copy_of_1323UnrecognisedPollutantRiskstotheGreatBarrierReef.pdf

Brodie, J., Waterhouse, J., Schaffelke, B., Johnson, J., Kroon, F., Thorburn, P., Rolfe, J., Lewis, S., Warne, M., Fabricius, K., McKenzie, L., Devlin, M. 2013. Reef Water Quality Scientific Consensus Statement 2013, Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Queensland Government, Brisbane. http://www.reefplan.qld.gov.au/about/assets/scientific-consensus-statement-2013.pdf

Schaffelke, B., Anthony, K., Blake, J., Brodie, J., Collier, C., Devlin, M., Fabricius, K., Martin, K., McKenzie, L., Negri, A., Ronan, M., Thompson, A. and Warne, M. 2013. “Marine and coastal ecosystem impacts” in Synthesis of evidence to support the Reef Water Quality Scientific Consensus Statement 2013, Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Queensland Government, Brisbane. http://www.reefplan.qld.gov.au/about/scientific-consensus-statement/assets/scsu-chapter-1-marine-impacts.pdf

Brodie, J., Waterhouse, J., Schaffelke, B., Furnas, M., Maynard, J., Collier, C., Lewis, S., Warne, M., Fabricius, K., Devlin, M., McKenzie, L., Yorkston, H., Randall, L., Bennett, J. 2013. “Relative risks to the Great Barrier Reef from degraded water quality” in Synthesis of evidence to support the Reef Water Quality Scientific Consensus Statement 2013, Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Queensland Government, Brisbane. http://www.reefplan.qld.gov.au/about/scientific-consensus-statement/assets/scsu-chapter-3-relative-risks.pdf

Wilkinson, C. and Brodie, J. 2011. Effective catchment management and coral reef conservation: best practice case studies. Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network and Reef and Rainforest Research Centre. http://www.crisponline.net/Portals/0/New%20reports/ENG%202011%20Catchment%20management%20Guide%20for%20coastal%20resource%20mngmt.pdf

Devlin, M.J., Schroeder, T., McKinna, L., Brodie, J.E., Brando, V. & Dekker, A. 2012. Monitoring and mapping of flood plumes in the Great Barrier Reef based on in situ and remote sensing observations. In: Environmental Remote Sensing and Systems Analysis (ed: Chang, N.). pp.147-165. CRC Press. ISBN: 1439877432.

 

Journal Articles

Brodie, J. 2014. Dredging the Great Barrier Reef: Use and misuse of science. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 142, 1 - 3. doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2014.01.010

Bartley, R.,  Bainbridge, Z.T.,  Lewis , S.E.,  Kroon, F.J.,  Wilkinson, S.N., Brodie J.E., Silburn, D.M. 2014. Relating sediment impacts on coral reefs to watershed sources, processes and management: A review. Science of the Total Environment 468-469, 1138-1153.

O'Brien, D., Davis, A., Nash, M., DiBella, L., Turner, R., Reghenzani, J., Brodie, J. 2013. Water quality within the Herbert River catchment associated with specific land use. Proceedings of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists 35.

Karim, F. Palmer, A., Brodie, J. 2013. Hydrodynamic modelling of floodplain flow residence time in a wet tropical catchment, north eastern Australia. Proceedings of MODSIM 2013, Adelaide, Australia, December, 2013.

Devlin, M., da Silva, E., Petus, C., Zeh, D., Wenger, A., Tracey, D., Alvarez-Romero, J., Brodie, J. 2013. Combining in-situ water quality and remotely sensed data across spatial and temporal scales to measure variability in wet season chlorophyll a: Great Barrier Reef lagoon (Queensland, Australia). Ecological Processes 2: 31

Oliver, D.P., Anderson, J.S., Davis, A., Lewis, S., Brodie, J. Kookana, R. 2014. Banded applications are highly effective in minimizing herbicide migration from furrow-irrigated sugar cane. Science of the Total Environment 466–467, 841–848

Waterhouse, J., Brodie, J., Maynard, J. 2013. Assessing the relative risk of land based pollutants to the Great Barrier Reef. Proceedings of MODSIM 2013, Adelaide, Australia, December, 2013.

Grech, A., Bos, M., Brodie, J., Coles, R., Dale, A., Gilbert, R., Hamann, M., Marsh, H., Neil, K., Pressey, B., Rasheed, M., Sheaves, M., Smith, A. 2013.  Guiding principles for the improved governance of port and shipping impacts in the Great Barrier Reef. Marine Pollution Bulletin 75, 8 - 20.  doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2013.07.013

Dale, A., Vella, K., Pressey, R.L., Brodie, J., Yorkston, H., Potts, R. 2013. A method for risk analysis across governance systems: a Great Barrier Reef case study. Environmental Research Letters 8. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/1/015037

Alvarez-Romero, J.G., Devlin, M., Teixeira da Silva, E., Petus, C., Ban, N.C., Pressey, R.L., Kool, J., Roberts, J.J., Cerdeira-Estrada, S., Wenger, A.S., Brodie, J. 2013. A novel approach to model exposure of coastal-marine ecosystems to riverine flood plumes based on remote sensing techniques. Journal of Environmental Management 119, 194 - 207.

Lewis, S.E., Bainbridge, Z.T., Sherman, B.S., Kuhnert, P., Henderson, B., Cooper, M., Brodie, J.E. 2013. Calculating sediment trapping efficiencies for reservoirs in tropical settings: A case study from the Burdekin Falls Dam, NE Australia. Water Resources Research 49, 1 – 13. Doi: 10.1002/wrcr.20117, 2013.

Tsatsaros, J.H., Brodie, J.E., Bohnet, I.C., Valentine, P. 2013. Water quality degradation of coastal waterways in the Wet Tropics, Australia. Water, Air and Soil Pollution 224, 1443.

King, J., Alexander, F., Brodie, J.E. 2013. Regulation and management of pesticides in Australia: The Great Barrier Reef as a case study. Agriculture Ecosystems and Environment 180, 54 - 67.

Butler, J.R., Wong, G.Y., Metcalfe, D.J., Honzák, M., Pert, P.L., Rao, N., van Grieken, M.E., Lawson, T., Bruce, C., Kroon, F.J. & Brodie, J.E. 2013. Applying an ecosystem services framework to identify catchment to reef trade-offs in water quality regulation in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Agriculture Ecosystems and Environment 180, 176 - 191. doi:10.1016/j.agee.2011.08.017.

Davis, A.M., Thorburn, P.J., Lewis, S.E., Bainbridge, Z.T., Attard, S.J., Milla, R. & Brodie, J.E. 2013. Herbicide run-off dynamics of furrow irrigated sugarcane farms and associated drainage systems on the Burdekin River Floodplain, north-eastern Australia. Agriculture, Ecosystems and the Environment 180, 123 - 135. doi:10.1016/j.agee.2011.06.019.

Brodie, J.E., Zoe Bainbridge, Stephen Lewis, Michelle Devlin, Jane Waterhouse, Aaron Davis, Frederieke Kroon, Britta Schaffelke and Eric Wolanski. 2012. Terrestrial pollutant runoff to the Great Barrier Reef: Issues, priorities and management response. Marine Pollution Bulletin 65, 81 – 100. doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2011.12.012.

Brodie, J. Wolanski, E. Lewis S. Bainbridge Z. 2012. Residence times of major land-sourced contaminants in the Great Barrier Reef lagoon Marine Pollution Bulletin 65, 267 – 279. doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2011.12.011.

Brodie, J., Waterhouse, J. 2012. A critical assessment of environmental management of the ‘not so Great’ Barrier Reef. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 104-105, 1-22. doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2012.03.012.

Kennedy, K., Michelle Devlin; Christie Bentley; Kristie Lee-Chue; Chris Paxman; Steve Carter; Stephen E Lewis; Jon Brodie; Ellia Guy; Suzanne Vardy; Katherine Martin; Alison Jones; Robert Packett; Jochen F Mueller. 2012. The influence of a season of extreme wet weather events on exposure of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area to pesticides. Marine Pollution Bulletin 64, 1495–1507.

Lewis, Stephen E., Schaffelke, Britta, Shaw, Melanie, Bainbridge, Zoë T., Rohde, Ken W., Kennedy, Karen, Davis, Aaron M., Masters, Bronwyn L., Devlin, Michelle J., Mueller, Jochen F., and Brodie, Jon E. 2012. Assessing the additive risks of PSII herbicide exposure to the Great Barrier Reef. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 65, 280-291.

Davis, Aaron M., Lewis, Stephen E., Bainbridge, Zoë T., Glendenning, Lionel, Turner, Ryan D.R., and Brodie, Jon E. 2012. Dynamics of herbicide transport and partitioning under event flow conditions in the lower Burdekin region, Australia. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 65, 182-193.

Waterhouse, J., Brodie, J., Lewis, S., and Mitchell, A. 2012. Quantifying the sources of pollutants in the Great Barrier Reef catchments and the relative risk to reef ecosystems. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 65, 394-406.

Kroon, Frederieke J., Kuhnert, Petra M., Henderson, Brent L., Wilkinson, Scott N., Kinsey-Henderson, Anne, Abbot, Brett, Brodie, Jon E., and Turner, Ryan D.R. 2012. River loads of suspended solids, nitrogen, phosphorus and herbicides delivered to the Great Barrier Reef lagoon. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 65, 167-181.

Lewis, S.E., Brodie, J.E., McCulloch, M.T., Mallella, J., Jupiter, S.D., Williams, H. Stuart, Lough, J.M., and Matson, E.G. 2012. An assessment of an environmental gradient using coral geochemical records, Whitsunday Islands, Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 65, 306-319.

Bainbridge, Z.T., Wolanski, E., Alvarez-Romero, J.G., Lewis, S.E., Brodie, J.E. 2012. Fine sediment and nutrient dynamics related to particle size and floc formation in a Burdekin River flood plume, Australia. Marine Pollution Bulletin.65, 236 – 248. doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2012.01.043.

Webster, A.J., Bartley, R., Brodie, J.E. and Thorburn, P.J. 2012. Reducing nitrogen fertiliser application rate reduces the nitrogen surplus and nitrogen losses in surface water from sugarcane production systems. Marine Pollution Bulletin 128 – 135. doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2012.02.023.

Shaw, C. M.,  Mueller, J. F., Brodie, J. 2012. Phytotoxicity induced in isolated zooxanthellae by chemicals extracted from Great Barrier Reef flood waters. Marine Pollution Bulletin 65, 355 – 362. doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2012.01.037.

Schroeder, T., Devlin, M., Brando, V.E., Dekker, A.G., Brodie, J., Clementson, L.A., McKinna, L. 2012. Inter-annual variability of wet season freshwater plume extent in the Great Barrier Reef lagoon based on satellite coastal ocean colour observations. Marine Pollution Bulletin 65, 210 – 223.

Devlin, M J., McKinna, L.C., Alvarez-Romero, J.G., Petus, C., Abott, B., Harkness, P., Brodie, J. 2012. Exposure to riverine plumes in the Great Barrier Reef. Risk assessment by mapping plume extent and composition using remote sensing. Marine Pollution Bulletin 224 – 235. doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2012.03.001.

Kuhnert P.M., Henderson, B.L., Lewis, S.E., Bainbridge, Z.T., Wilkinson, S.N., Brodie, J.E. 2012. Quantifying total suspended sediment export from the Burdekin River catchment using the loads regression estimator tool. Water Resources Research 48, W04533, doi:10.1029/2011WR011080.

Devlin, M., Brodie, J., Wenger, A., da Silva, E.,  Alvarez- Romero, J.G., Waterhouse, J. McKenzie, L. 2012. Extreme weather conditions in the Great Barrier Reef: Drivers of change? Proceedings of the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium, Cairns, Australia, 9-13 July 2012.

Bohnet, I.C., Roebeling, P.C., Williams, K.J., Holzworth, D., van Grieken, M.E., Pert, P.L. Kroon, F.J., Westcott, D.A. & Brodie, J.E. 2011. Landscapes Toolkit – an integrated modeling framework to assist stakeholders in exploring options for sustainable landscape development. Landscape Ecology. 26:1179-1198.

Brodie, J.E., Devlin, M.J., Haynes, D. & Waterhouse, J. 2011. Assessment of the eutrophication status of the Great Barrier Reef (Australia). Biogeochemistry. 106, 281-302.

Hughes, T.P., Bellwood, D.R., Baird, A.H., Brodie, J., Bruno, J.F., Pandolfi, J.M. 2011. Shifting base-lines, declining coral cover, and the erosion of reef resilience. Comment on Sweatman et al. (2011) Coral Reefs 30, 653-660.

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