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.

  • 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)
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CSIRO - Contract Research

Improving eReefs modelling for GBR water quality

Indicative Funding
$30,000 over 2 years (administered by CSIRO)
Jon Brodie of the ARC Centre for Coral Reef Studies to provide research input for the eReefs modelling framework via: 1. Improved suspended sediment modelling 2. Scenario design, implementation and analysis at both whole-GBR scale and regional scales 3. Reporting and scientific publication of hindcast and scenario simulations
Jon Brodie (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)
Great Barrier Reef; Water Quality; Modelling; Biogeochemistry

World Wide Fund for Nature, Australia - Contract Research

Rivers to Reef to Turtles Project

Indicative Funding
$81,974 over 3 years
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.
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)
Green Turtle; Pollution Control; Marine; Megafauna; Health; Cheloniidae Chelonia Mydas

Bay of Plenty Regional Council - Consultancy

Rena Shipwreck consent application

Indicative Funding
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.
Jon Brodie (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)
Rena shipwreck cleanup

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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 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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