Barbara Robson is a coastal biogeochemical modeller who has a particular interest in improving modelling practices and the links between modelling and observational science. She uses numerical models to predict how water quality and ecosystems will change in response to changes in land use, climate, or water management. In her current work, she is particularly interested in modelling to support policy and management of the Great Barrier Reef. Before joining AIMS in January 2018 and JCU as an Adjunct Associate Professor in August 2018, Dr Robson was with CSIRO for 15 years, where she led and contributed to multidisciplinary research efforts to facilitate policy and management of both marine and freshwater ecosystems around Australia. She was a key contributor to the development of the eReefs marine models for the Great Barrier Reef and was also (in her previous work at UWA) an early contributor to the development of the widely-used ELCOM-CAEDYM modelling suite. 

She is interested in hearing from qualified potential PhD students with a quantitative background and an interest in modelling tropical marine ecosystems and water quality.

  • Biogeochemical modelling
  • Ecosystem Modelling
  • the Great Barrier Reef
  • water quality
  • nitrogen and phosphorus cycles
  • modelling best practise
  • 2018 to present - Principle Research Scientist, Australian Institute of Marine Science (Townsville)
  • 2016 to 2017 - Research Group Leader, CSIRO (Canberra)
  • 2002 to 2017 - Research Scientist/Senior Research Scientist/Principle Research Scientist, CSIRO (Canberra)
  • 2008 to 2016 - Team Leader, CSIRO (Canberra)
  • 1999 to 2002 - Research Associate, UWA (Perth)
Research Disciplines
  • 2014 - Fellow of the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society (FiEMSS)
  • 2013 - Peter Cullen Trust Fellow
  • Modelling and Simulational Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • Australian Marine Science Association
  • International Environmental Modelling and Software Society
  • Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography
  • 2016 to 2018 - College of Assessors, New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (Endeavour Fund and Smart Ideas Fund)
  • 2019 - Keynote speaker at Australian Academy of Science and World Harbour Project Symposium, "Nutrient Cycling in Tropical Waters", Singapore
  • 2018 - Keynote speaker, 57th Estuarine and Coastal Shelf Association conference (ECSA57)

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 25+ research outputs authored by Dr Barbara Robson from 2013 onwards.


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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Biogeochemical modelling of tropical marine ecosystemns in the context of climate change (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Developing Benthic Irradiance Algorithm for the Great Barrier Reef Shelf Waters using MODIS Satellite Imagery (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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