About

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.

Teaching
  • BZ1005: Introductory Ecology (Level 1; CNS)
  • BZ3225: Field Ecology (Level 3; CNS)
  • BZ3230: Ecological Research Methods (Level 3; CNS)
  • BZ5225: Field Ecology (Level 5; CNS)
  • BZ5230: Ecological Research Methods (Level 5; CNS)
  • 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)
Experience
  • 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
Publications

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 72+ research outputs authored by Dr Brad Congdon from 1986 onwards.

Current Funding

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WV Scott Charitable Trust - Research Grant

Interactions among fungi, ants, and the ant-plant Myrmecodia beccarii

Indicative Funding
$21,000
Summary
Myrmecodia beccarii is a vulnerable endemic ant-plant of far north Queensland. This ant-plant provides ants with housing in specialised tunnels and chambers. Fungi were discovered in these chambers almost 40 years ago but their identity and functional roles have never been determined. I will explore the ecological interactions among fungi, ants and M. beccarrii to establish and define this tripartite mutualism. To do this, I will conduct field work to determine the distribution of fungal species within M.beccarii and field/greenhouse experiments to investigate the interactions and functional roles of fungi. The results will be used to inform the conservation of M. beccarri.
Investigators
Melinda Greenfield, Sandra Abell, Lori Lach, Joe Holtum, Brad Congdon and Leho Tedersoo (College of Science & Engineering and University of Tartu)
Keywords
Myrmecodia beccarii (Rubiaceae); Ant-plants; Philidris cordata (Formicidae); Fungi

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
Summary
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.
Investigators
Samantha Tol, Brad Congdon and Robert Coles (College of Science & Engineering and TropWATER)
Keywords
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.

Current
  • Mitigating the Risk of Spill over of Disease from Wild Dogs in Northern Australia (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Ecological Predictors of Range-Wide Patterns of Abundance and Genetic Divrsity of Mammals. (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Relative Importance of Different Seagrass Re-Establishment Strategies in Tropical Queensland (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Seabird Foraging Ecology and Sub-surface Predator Reliance in Tropical and Sub-tropical Waters. (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Population genetics and non-invasive population estimation of the endangered northern bettong, Bettongia tropica (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Interactions Among Fungi, Ants, and the Ant-plant Myrmecodia beccarii (PhD , Advsor Mentor)
  • A systematic revision of the family Strombidae (Masters , Primary Advisor)
  • Cane Toads in Wet Tropical Rainforest and thier Potential Impacton Spotted-tailed Quolls (PhD , Advsor Mentor)
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