Brad Congdon is a field ecologist who applies ecological and evolutionary theory to the management and conservation of animal and plant species. He has a special interest in seabird conservation and has worked extensively with seabirds both in Australia and overseas. His current research is focused on understanding how changing ocean conditions impact seabird breeding success throughout the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea ecosystems. His research group was the first to demonstrate that seabirds are sensitive indicators of multiple climate-change impacts on top predators in these areas and have established rising sea-surface temperatures as a major conservation issue for seabirds of the Great Barrier Reef.

  • SC5900: Special Topic (Level 5; TSV)
  • SC5901: Special Topic 1 (Level 5; CNS)
  • SC5902: Special Topic 2 (Level 5; CNS)
  • SC5903: Literature Review (Level 5; CNS)
  • SC5909: Minor Project and Seminar (Level 5; CNS)
  • 1999 to 2007 - Senior Lecturer/Lecturer, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 1998 to 1999 - Research Fellow, University of Auckland (New Zealand)
  • 1995 to 1998 - Postdoctoral Fellow, Queen's University (Canada)
  • 1992 to 1995 - Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Queensland (Australia)
  • 1992 - Research Associate, Griffith University (Australia)
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Queensland Department of Environment and Science - Contract Research

Modelling seabird foraging areas on the Great Barrier Reef

Indicative Funding
$80,000 over 1 year
Determine the foraging areas critical to the viabiolity of seabird populations breeding at key breeding sites on the GBR. Develop or refine state of the art methodologies for modelling the probable foraging areas of importance to identified seabird populations. Source suitable surrogate data from which to model at-sea foraging locations for species where no current data exist for the GBR. Compile reports and data packages.
Brad Congdon and Graham Hemson in collaboration with Mark Miller (College of Science & Engineering, QLD Department of Environment and Science and University of Leeds)
seabirds; Great Barrier Reef; Oceanography; key bird areas; foraging zones

Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales - Research Grant

The role of seagrass dispersal by marine mega-herbivores, dugong (Dugong dugon) and green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas).

Indicative Funding
$7,000 over 3 years
This project will investigate the dispersal mechanisms of tropical seagrasses and determine which mechanisms are most effective for long distance dispersal. It will examine whether marine mega-herbivores (dugongs and green sea turtles) disperse seagrass seeds through their fecal matter and whether those seeds are viable. It will determine how long seagrass fragments, created by abiotic and biotic mechanisms, remain viable and establish new meadows. This information will be used to model which seagrass meadows are at greater risk of slow recovery after a large scale loss. This recovery model will have the potential to highlight which seagrass meadows rely solely on dispersal by marine mega-herbivores for recovery.
Samantha Tol, Brad Congdon and Robert Coles (College of Science & Engineering and TropWATER)
tropical seagrass; Dugong (Dugong dugon); Chelonia mydas; Seagrass Dispersal; Seagrass Seed; Seagrass Fruit

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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.

  • The Ontogeny of Problem Solving in an Australian Rodent Melomys cervinipes (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Foraging and Survival Responses in Reef Egrets (Egret sacra) and Common and Black Noddies (Anous sp) to Tropical Reef Degradation caused by Climatic change in the Great Barrier Reef Ecosystem, Australia (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Population genetics and non-invasive population estimation of the endangered northern bettong, Bettongia tropica (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • A revision of Canarium urceus Linnaeus 1758 (s.l.) contrasting classical and phylogenetic taxonomy (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Ecological Predictors of Range-Wide Patterns of Abundance and Genetic Divrsity of Mammals. (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Interactions Among Fungi, Ants, and the Ant-plant Myrmecodia beccarii (PhD , Advisor Mentor)
  • Cane toads in Wet Tropics upland rainforest and their current and potential impact on native fauna (Masters , Secondary Advisor)

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