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Catchment to Reef Processes

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Team 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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Mr Jon Brodie, Dr Michelle Devlin, Prof. Eric Wolanski, Dr Caroline PetusMs Zoe Bainbridge, Dr Aaron Davis, Dr Amelia Wenger, Dr Stephen Lewis, Dr Kathy Burns, Dr Colette ThomasMs Kathryn Berry,  Dr Eduardo da Silva,  Dr Jennifer Debose,  Mr Geoff Endo,  Dr Paul NelsonDr Dominique O'Brien,   Ms Jane Waterhouse.

Research Programs


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Water Quality Laboratory

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Hosted by TropWATER

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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