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.

  • BZ1005: Introductory Ecology (Level 1; CNS)
  • BZ3225: Technological Applications in Ecology (Level 3; CNS)
  • BZ3230: Ecological Research Methods (Level 3; CNS)
  • BZ5225: Technological Applications in Ecology (Level 5; CNS)
  • BZ5230: Ecological Research Methods (Level 5; CNS)
  • SC5900: Special Topic (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • SC5901: Special Topic 1 (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • SC5902: Special Topic 2 (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • SC5903: Literature Review (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • SC5909: Minor Project and Seminar (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • SC5912: Minor Project, Seminar and Literature Review (1 of 2) (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • SC5913: Minor Project, Seminar and Literature Review (2 of 2) (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • 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)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 77+ research outputs authored by Dr Brad Congdon from 1986 onwards.

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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

BMT WBM Pty Ltd - Consultancy

Understanding the Potential Consequences of Unplanned Discharges - The Australian Context

Indicative Funding
UPPEA believes a review of the current knowledge base regarding the potential impacts on key environmental receptors of unplanned releases of hydrocarbons and other chemicals into the marine environment is warranted. This project will give consideration to: *The range of Australian hydrocarbon products (e.g. Australian crudes, condensates and LNG); *Fate of the hydrocarbon in the marine environment e.g. fresh vs weathered, surface vs within water column (dissolved and entrained), with or without the application of chemical dispersants; * Priority Australian receptors; Other key chemical components used offshore such as Methanol, Glycol and Hydraulic Fluid.
Brad Congdon (College of Science & Engineering)
Seabirds; Marine Oil-Spills; Unplanned Hydrocarbon Release; Environmental Impacts; Oil-Spill Response Planning

Department of the Environment and Energy - National Environmental Research Program - Tropical Ecosystems Hub

Critical seabird foraging locations and trophic relationships for the Great Barrier Reef

Indicative Funding
$106,646 over 5 years
Effective management of seabird populations on the GBR requires identifying foraging areas, resource use and associated links to oceanographic variation. Therefore, the key objectives of this program are to identify and map principal seabird foraging locations and quantifying the level of prey availability and associated oceanographic conditions at these sites required to maintain viable reproduction at significant GBR breeding colonies.
Brad Congdon in collaboration with Fiona McDuie, Will Goulding, Carol Devney, Scarla Weeks and Craig Steinberg (College of Science & Engineering, The University of Queensland and Australian Institute of Marine Science)
Seabirds; trophic relationships; Foraging; Oceanography; Climate Change; Great Barrier Reef

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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.

  • Understanding the Biological Significance of Problem Solving in Wild Animals using an Australian Rodent Melomys Cervinipes (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Mitigating the Risk of Spill over of Disease from Wild Dogs in Northern Australia (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Relative Importance of Different Seagrass Re-Establishment Strategies in Tropical Queensland (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM)
  • Ecological Predictors of Range-Wide Patterns of Abundance and Genetic Divrsity of Mammals. (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM)
  • Population genetics and non-invasive population estimation of the endangered northern bettong, Bettongia tropica (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM)
  • Interactions Among Fungi, Ants, and the Ant-plant Myrmecodia beccarii (PhD , Advisor Mentor)
  • A classical taxonomic revision of Seraphsidae Jung 1974 (Gastropoda) using a pluralist approach to species assessment (Masters , Primary Advisor/AM)
  • Cane Toads in Wet Tropics Upland Rainforest and thier Current and Potential Impact on Native Fauna (PhD , Advisor Mentor)

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