About

Jon Brodie is a Professorial Fellow with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, Townsville and leads the Catchment to Reef Research Group.

His also a Senior Scientist and Partner at C2O Consulting.

In his early career, Jon spent some years as a lecturer in chemistry at Queensland University of Technology (Brisbane) and at the University of the South Pacific (Suva, Fiji), and as an analytical chemist with the CRA Metallurgical Research Section (Newcastle). For the last 30 years his interests have been in environmental research and consultancy and the management of marine and freshwater pollution. He spent ten years as an environmental researcher/consultant with the University of the South Pacific (Fiji and other Pacific island states). For 11 years he managed the Water Quality Research and Management Program of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. He has worked in environmental research and management for the last 15 years while at TropWATER and the Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University.

His primary area of research interest is now associated with water quality issues for the Great Barrier Reef, but he has also worked extensively overseas, recently in the Middle East (Yemen), the Pacific islands (Fiji, American Samoa, Samoa, Kiribati and PNG) and South East Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Singapore, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand). Jon is also closely involved in policy advice to governments regarding management of water quality issues for the Great Barrier Reef. He was the lead author of the Scientific Consensus Statement in both 2008, 2013 and 2016/2017 documenting the status of knowledge and management for water quality issues affecting the Great Barrier Reef for the Queensland and Australian Governments.

Experience
  • 1990 to 2001 - Director, Water Quality and Coastal Development, GBRMPA (Townsville)
  • 1988 to 1990 - Research Fellow, ACTFR, JCU (Townsville)
  • 1982 to 1988 - Research Fellow & Director, Institute of Natural Resources, USP (Suva, Fiji)
Publications

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Current Funding

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World Wide Fund for Nature, Australia - Contract Research

Rivers to Reef to Turtles Project

Indicative Funding
$81,974 over 3 years
Summary
In wet seasons and particularly when floods occur, large quantities of contaminants are washed from farms, industrial and urban areas out onto the Great Barrier Reef. This pollutes and destroys huge areas of seagrass and coral - the home and feeding grounds for marine turtles. Coastal areas have experienced some of the worst flood impacts and highest instances of turtle deaths along the Queensland coast which are suspected to be linked to poor water quality. This project will investigate the links between poor water quality and turtle health and mortality.
Investigators
Jon Brodie in collaboration with Jochen Mueller, Christine Hof, Michael Warne, Colette Thomas and Dominique O'Brien (TropWATER, The University of Queensland, World Wildlife Fund for Nature Australia, Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation and the Arts)
Keywords
Green Turtle; Pollution Control; Marine; Megafauna; Health; Cheloniidae Chelonia Mydas

Bay of Plenty Regional Council - Consultancy

Rena Shipwreck consent application

Indicative Funding
$24,182
Summary
The project involves preparing evidence for the Court (on behalf of the BOPRC) by way of comments and rebuttal on the applicant's expert evidence regarding the ecology of the situation with respect to the current state of the wreck and the application to finalise the work on the wreck.
Investigators
Jon Brodie (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)
Keywords
Rena shipwreck cleanup

WetlandCare Australia - Contract Research

Barratta Creek Biodiversity Fund

Indicative Funding
$135,000 over 3 years
Summary
Barratta Creek is one of the better condition creeks remaining on the Burdekin floodplain but its health is declining, due to the pressures of surrounding development and invasive weeks. This project will study the benefits to the health of the creek of controlling aquatic weeds that infest the system and improving water quality through the establishment of artificial wetlands to treat runoff from cane farms.
Investigators
Jon Brodie and Damien Burrows in collaboration with Nathan Waltham and J De Bose (TropWATER)
Keywords
Barratta Creek

Department of the Environment and Energy - National Environmental Science Program (NESP) - Tropical Water Quality Hub (TWQ Hub)

Development of an Offset Financial Contribution Calculator for Reef Trust

Indicative Funding
$4,670 over 2 years (administered by University of Queensland)
Summary
This project will progress an approach for incorporating environmental offsets into the Reef Trust through development of a prototype calculator to assist potential approval holders and relevant agencies in determining appropriate financial payments as offsets under the Reef Trust. It will extend the methodology currently used to calculate terrestrial offsets to the marine setting. It will delineate clearly the differences in applying such a calculator to the marine-catchment continuum and terrestrial settings. A draft prototype will be tested for its consistency with operational needs and practicality among key stakeholders.
Investigators
Jon Brodie and Bob Pressey (TropWATER and ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)
Keywords
Reef Trust; Offsets; Marine Industries; Great Barrier Reef

Herbert Cane Productivity Services Ltd - Contract Research

Providing Analytical and Technical Support To The HWQMP And Related Projects

Indicative Funding
$107,036 over 2 years
Summary
This project is the continuation of the Herbert Water Quality Monitoring Program on a reduced scale (only in the lower catchment). The aims of the project are revised to: *Assess the effects sugarcane land use practices on water quality within the Herbert River and on End of Catchment Loads *Provide estimates of annual and daily loads for the Paddock to Reef modellers to help validate Source Catchments Model. *Inform and guide future extension and research activities in the Herbert Catchment to meet Water Quality (WQ) objectives under Reef Plan 2014. * Identify remedial actions that will reduce the effects of degraded WQ and the subsequent impact on Great Barrier Reef Lagoon.
Investigators
Jon Brodie and Dominique O'Brien in collaboration with Aaron Davis (TropWATER)
Keywords
Herbert Catchment; Water Quality; Pesticides; Environment Risk Assessment; Metals; Nutrients

South Cape York Catchments - Contract Research

Cape York WQIP Update: Supporting Studies

Indicative Funding
$59,000
Summary
The project will carry out the following tasks to support development of the Cape York Water quality Improvement Plan (WQIP): (1) Report on the current status and trends of coastal and marine ecosystems; (2) A regional coastal and marine risk assessment, pollutant source assessment and management prioritisation water quality risk assessment for the Cape York region, including improvement of the Marine Risk Index (jointly funded with FBA and NQDT); (3) Assess the economic value and ecosystem services of marine ecosystems; and (4) Provide additional supporting activities including review of the draft WQIP and a participation in technical meetings.
Investigators
Jon Brodie and Jane Waterhouse in collaboration with Stephen Lewis, Caroline Coppo, Michelle Devlin, Colette Thomas, Dieter Tracey, Caroline Petus and Eduardo Da Silva (TropWATER)
Keywords
Cape York; Water Quality; Management; Risk Assessment

NQ Dry Tropics - Contract Research

Burdekin WQIP Update: Supporting Studies

Indicative Funding
$122,024
Summary
The project will carry out (1) An assessment of the state of the freshwater ecosystems & conceptual understanding; (2) report on the current status and trends of coastal and marine ecosystems; (3) Assess the economic value and ecosystem services of marine ecosystems; (4) A regional water a quality risk assessment for the Burdekin region, including improvement of the Marine Risk Index (jointly funded with FBA and CYNRM); (5) Develop ecological relevant targets for river loads; and (6) provide input data for the INFFER decision making tool to inform the update of the Burdekin Water Quality Improvement Plan.
Investigators
Jon Brodie and Jane Waterhouse in collaboration with Stephen Lewis, Zoe Bainbridge, Michelle Devlin, Colette Thomas, Dieter Tracey, Caroline Petus, Eduardo Da Silva, Rebecca Bartley, Jeffrey Maynard and Scott Wilkinson (TropWATER and Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation)
Keywords
Burdekin; Water Quality; Management; Risk Assessment

Fitzroy Basin Association - Contract Research

Fitzroy WQIP: Supporting studies

Indicative Funding
$71,000
Summary
The project will carry out (1) A regional water quality risk assessment for the Fitzroy region, including improvement of the Marine Risk Index (jointly funded with NQDT and CYNRM); (2) Develop ecological relevant targets for river loads; and (3) Assess the economic value and ecosystem services of marine ecosystems to inform the development of the Fitzroy Water Quality Improvement Plan.
Investigators
Jon Brodie and Jane Waterhouse in collaboration with Stephen Lewis, Michelle Devlin, Colette Thomas, Dieter Tracey, Caroline Petus, Eduardo Da Silva and Jeffrey Maynard (TropWATER and Maynard Marine (United States))
Keywords
Fitzroy; Water Quality; Management; Risk Assessment

Terrain Natural Resource Management - Contract Research

Providing Analytical and Technical Support to the HWQMP and Related Projects

Indicative Funding
$46,000 over 2 years
Summary
The Herbert Water Quality Monitoring Program will: *Identify pollutant sources from various sub-catchments and land use practices which contribute to the Herbert River, End of Catchment Loads *Provide estimates of annual and daily loads for the Paddock to Reef modellers to help validate Source Catchments Model. *Provide Event Mean Concentrations and Dry Weather Concentration data on specific land uses within the Herbert Catchment to validate source catchments modelling. *Inform and guide future extension and research activities in the Herbert Catchment to meet Water Quality (WQ) objectives under Reef Plan 2014. *Identify remedial actions that will reduce the effects of degraded WQ and the subsequent impact on Great Barrier Reef Lagoon.
Investigators
Jon Brodie and Dominique O'Brien in collaboration with Aaron Davis (TropWATER)
Keywords
Herbert Catchment; Water Quality; Pesticides; Environmental Risk Assessment; Metals; Nutrients

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

Conservation planning for a changing coastal zone

Indicative Funding
$531,441 over 5 years
Summary
The broad goal of this project is to identify strategic priorities for protection and restoration of coastal ecosystems that support the health and resilience of the GBRWHA, in the context of changing land use, expanding infrastructure, and climate change. M ore specifically, the project will address three limitations of previous research and application in conservation planning: 1. the failure of planning methods to deal with natural and anthropogenic dynamics; 2. The lack of attention to physical and biological interactions between land and sea; and 3. The poor record of scientific planning methods in shaping the implementation of effective management actions.
Investigators
Bob Pressey, Jon Brodie, Allan Dale and Hugh Yorkston (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, TropWATER, Cairns Institute and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority)
Keywords
Conservation Planning; Conservation management; Great Barrier Reef; Climate Change; development scenarios

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

Tracking coastal turbidity over time and demonstrating the effects of river discharge events on regional turbidity in the GBR

Indicative Funding
$95,122 over 4 years
Summary
The aim of this research is to determine for each Natural Resource Management region specific quantitative relationships between changed terrestrial runoff to the Great Barrier Reef and intra- and inter-annual variation in coastal water clarity.
Investigators
Jon Brodie in collaboration with Eric Wolanski (TropWATER)
Keywords
Terrestrial Runoff; Great Barrier Reef; Natural Resource Management; water turbidity; river discharge

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

Socio-economic systems and reef resilience

Indicative Funding
$800,000 over 5 years
Summary
This project focuses on relationships between socio-economic systems and the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). It comprises three interrelated activities which seek to improve our understanding of (a) resident and tourist views about the relative 'value' of key ecosystem services that are provided by the reef; (b) tourist views about the relative value of key attributes of reef health, and the likely consequence (e.g. fewer visits, less expenditure) of deterioration in reef health; and (c) the extent to which variations in beef prices, the exchange rate and other socioeconomic variables (in conjunction with biophysical variables) influence water quality in the GBR lagoon.
Investigators
Natalie Stoeckl, Jon Brodie, Silva Larson and Bruce Prideaux in collaboration with Taha Chaiechi, Renae Tobin, Stephen Lewis, Margaret Gooch, Bob Costanza and Ida Kubiszewski (College of Business, Law & Governance, TropWATER, Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation, College of Science & Engineering and Portland State University)
Keywords
Great Barrier Reef; Tourism; Valuation; Water Quality; Ecosystem services; socio-economic systems
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  • The Identification of Potential Links Between Fibropapilloma Prevalence in Green Sea Turtles (Chelonia Mydas) and Heavy metal Contamination Along the Great Barrier Reef, Australia (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
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