About

My interests lie in investigating nature-based solutions to have a productive agricultural landscape within ecological healthy catchments that support high water security.

I have experience using networks to model the flow of nutrients through ecosystems, species distribution modelling, in sports fish and game bird management, and working at the interface between freshwater science and policy/planning.

Most recently, I have been working on how wetlands can be incorporated into our landscapes to increase food production, improve water quality or buffer against climate change.

Interests
Research
  • Freshwater ecosystem health
  • Agroecology and regenerative agricultural practices
  • Modelling nutrient flows through human and natural ecosystems
  • Agricultural spatial planning
  • The impact of water quality on freshwater ecosystems
  • Using wetlands to improve catchment water quality
  • Using wetlands (including mangroves) to sequester 'blue carbon'
  • The sustainability of food production throughout its lifecycle
  • Nature based solutions
Research Disciplines
Publications

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 14+ research outputs authored by Dr Adam Canning from 2017 onwards.

Current Funding

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Greening Australia Limited - Contract Research

Determining nitrogen removal from floodplain restoration with Melaleuca

Indicative Funding
$85,000 over 1 year
Summary
Tree swamps, such as those with Melaleuca, have the potential to remove nitrogen from agricultural runoff. This project aims to: (i) assess the effectiveness of a Melaleuca planting integrated within a Wet Tropics cane-dominated catchment to remove nitrogen from floodwaters before it flows to the Great Barrier Reef; and (ii) scope locations for future tree swamp integration across the Great Barrier Reef catchment.
Investigators
Adam Canning in collaboration with Nathan Waltham (TropWATER)
Keywords
Tree swamp; Nitrogen; Sustainable Agriculture; Restoration; Water Quality; Carbon

Great Barrier Reef Foundation - Contract Research

Coastal wetland restoration options investigation.

Indicative Funding
$21,388 over 1 year
Summary
Coastal restoration aims to improve and protect sensitive and important wetland areas. While restoration projects are underway most are small scale, and to achieve targets that will help government deliver on the Reef 2050 plan objectives we need to initiate large scale project sites. This project site is set to become the largest restoration site in north Queensland, and our team will be responsible for the collection of background science to support this project site. The data generated will be used to support the development of an options report outlining the full potential of restoration outcomes.
Investigators
Nathan Waltham and Adam Canning (TropWATER)
Keywords
Coastal Wetlands; Water quality; Blue Carbon; Fisheries; Restoration
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  • 5+ collaborations
  • 4 collaborations
  • 3 collaborations
  • 2 collaborations
  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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