I trained as a Chemist at the University of Otago, Monash University and the University of Adelaide, obtaining a PhD in synthetic organometallic chemistry  in 1989. Following postdoctoral fellowships in France at the Institut  Francais du Petrole, Paris and the Laboratoire de Chimie Quantique/CNRS, Strasbourg I returned to New Zealand to run the NMR Facility at Auckland University. From there I headed back to Australia, working for a short while with a synthetic organic chemistry group at Central Queensland University.

I  commenced as an academic in the Discipline of Chemistry at James Cook University (Cairns campus) in July 1996 and was the first member of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Molecular Science on Campus.

My research interests are broadly in environmental science.  I have worked in the Rainforest CRC, the MTSRF program and was the Australian SuperSites Network lead in TERN from 2008 - 2018.  My specific focus in the rainforest is on atmospheric fluxes and the use of sensors for monitoring biodiversity.  In addition I work on dental materials and peptide toxins.

  • CH1001: Chemistry: A Central Science (Level 1; CNS)
  • CH1020: Preparatory Chemistry (Level 1; CNS)
  • CH2010: Biological Chemistry (Level 2; CNS)
  • CH3041: Environmental Chemistry (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • CH5041: Environmental Chemistry (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • atmospheric fluxes
  • carbon cycling in tropical rainforests
  • dental materials
  • peptide toxins
  • 1996 to 2020 - Associate Professor, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 1995 to 1996 - Research Associate, Central Queensland University (Rockhampton)
  • 1991 to 1995 - Director NMR Facility, Auckland University (Auckland, New Zealand)
  • 1990 to 1991 - Postdoctoral Fellow, Laboratoire de Chimie Quantique (Strasbourg, France)
  • 1989 to 1990 - Postdoctoral Fellow, Institut Francais du Petrole (Paris, France)
Research Disciplines

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Journal Articles
  • Housley D, Pinyon J, Jonquieres G, Perera C, Smout M, Liddell M, Jennings E, Wilson D and Housley G (2020) Australian scorpion Hormurus waigiensis venom fractions show broad bioactivity through modulation of bio-impedance and cytosolic calcium. Biomolecules, 10 (4), Article: 617, DOI:10.3390/biom10040617.
  • Bloomfield K, Prentice I, Cernusak L, Eamus D, Medlyn B, Rumman R, Wright I, Boer M, Cale P, Cleverly J, Egerton J, Ellsworth D, Evans B, Hayes L, Hutchinson M, Liddell M, Macfarlane C, Meyer W, Togashi H, Wardlaw T, Zhu L and Atkin O (2019) The validity of optimal leaf traits modelled on environmental conditions. New Phytologist, 221 (3), pp. 1409-1423, DOI:10.1111/nph.15495.
  • Buckton G, Cheesman A, Munksgaard N, Wurster C, Liddell M and Cernusak L (2019) Functional traits of lianas in an Australian lowland rainforest align with post-disturbance rather than dry season advantage. Austral Ecology, 44 (6), pp. 983-994, DOI:10.1111/aec.12764.
  • Lashmar N, Berryman S, Liddell M, Morrison A, Cernusak L, Northfield T, Goosem S and Jennison B (2019) Environmental impacts of abrasive blasting of transmission towers in protected areas. Journal of Environmental Management, 252, Article: 109430, DOI:10.1016/j.jenvman.2019.109430.
  • Peck Y, Clough A, Culshaw P and Liddell M (2019) Multi-drug cocktails: impurities in commonly used illicit drugs seized by police in Queensland, Australia. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 201, pp. 49-57, DOI:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2019.03.019.
  • Bloomfield K, Cernusak L, Eamus D, Ellsworth D, Prentice I, Wright I, Boer M, Bradford M, Cale P, Cleverly J, Egerton J, Evans B, Hayes L, Hutchinson M, Liddell M, Macfarlane C, Meyer W, Prober S, Togashi H, Wardlaw T, Zhu L and Atkin O (2018) A continental-scale assessment of variability in leaf traits: within species, across sites and between seasons. Functional Ecology, 32 (6), pp. 1492-1506, DOI:10.1111/1365-2435.13097.
  • Djukic I, Kepfer-Rojas S, Schmidt I, Larsen K, Beier C, Berg B, Verheyen K, Caliman A, Paquette A, Gutierrez-Giron A, Humber A, Valdecantos A, Petraglia A, Alexander H, Augustaitis A, Saillard A, Ruiz Fernandez A, Sousa A, Lillebo A, da Rocha Gripp A, Francez A, Fischer A, Bohner A, Malyshev A, Andric A, Smith A, Stanisci A, Seres A, Schmidt A, Avila A, Probst A, Ouin A, Khuroo A, Verstraeten A, Palabral-Aguilera A, Stefanski A, Gaxiola A, Muys B, Bosman B, Ahrends B, Parker B, Sattler B, Yang B, Jurani B, Erschbamer B, Rodriguez Ortiz C, Christiansen C, Carol Adair E, Meredieu C, Mony C, Nock C, Chen C, Wang C, Baum C, Rixen C, Delire C, Piscart C, Andrews C, Rebmann C, Branquinho C, Polyanskaya D, Delgado D, Wundram D, Radeideh D, Ordonez-Regil E, Crawford E, Preda E, Tropina E, Groner E, Lucot E, Hornung E, Gacia E, Levesque E, Benedito E, Davydov E, Ampoorter E, Padilha Bolzan F, Varela F, Kristoefel F, Maestre F, Maunoury-Danger F, Hofhansl F, Kitz F, Sutter F, Cuesta F, de Almeida Lobo F, Leandro de Souza F, Berninger F, Zehetner F, Wohlfahrt G, Vourlitis G, Carreno-Rocabado G, Arena G, Daiane Pinha G, Gonzalez G, Canut G, Lee H, Verbeeck H, Auge H, Pauli H, Nacro H, Bahamonde H, Feldhaar H, Jaeger H, Serrano H, Verheyden H, Bruelheide H, Meesenburg H, Jungkunst H, Jactel H, Shibata H, Kurokawa H, Lopez Rosas H, Rojas Villalobos H, Yesilonis I, Melece I, Van Halder I, Garcia Quiros I, Makelele I, Senou I, Fekete I, Mihal I, Ostonen I, Borovska J, Roales J, Shoqeir J, Lata J, Theurillat J, Probst J, Zimmerman J, Vijayanathan J, Tang J, Thompson J, Dolezal J, Sanchez-Cabeza J, Merlet J, Henschel J, Neirynck J, Knops J, Loehr J, von Oppen J, Sigriour Porlaksdottir J, Loeffler J, Cardoso-Mohedano J, Benito-Alonso J, Marcelo Torezan J, Morina J, Jimenez J, Quinde J, Alatalo J, Seeber J, Stadler J, Kriiska K, Coulibaly K, Fukuzawa K, Szlavecz K, Gerhatova K, Lajtha K, Kaeppeler K, Jennings K, Tielboerger K, Hoshizaki K, Green K, Ye L, Ribeiro Pazianoto L, Dienstbach L, Williams L, Yahdjian L, Brigham L, van den Brink L, Rustad L, Zhang L, Morillas L, Xiankai L, Silva Carneiro L, Di Martino L, Villar L, Bader M, Morley M, Lebouvier M, Tomaselli M, Sternberg M, Schaub M, Santos-Reis M, Glushkova M, Almazan Torres M, Giroux M, de Graaff M, Pons M, Bauters M, Mazon M, Frenzel M, Didion M, Wagner M, Hamid M, Lopes M, Apple M, Schaedler M, Weih M, Gualmini M, Vadeboncoeur M, Bierbaumer M, Danger M, Liddell M, Mirtl M, Scherer-Lorenzen M, Ruzek M, Carbognani M, Di Musciano M, Matsushita M, Zhiyanski M, Puscas M, Barna M, Ataka M, Jiangming M, Alsafran M, Carnol M, Barsoum N, Tokuchi N, Eisenhauer N, Lecomte N, Filippova N, Hoelzel N, Ferlian O, Romero O, Pinto O, Peri P, Weber P, Vittoz P, Turtureanu P, Fleischer P, Macreadie P, Haase P, Reich P, Petrik P, Choler P, Marmonier P, Muriel P, Ponette Q, Guariento R, Canessa R, Kiese R, Hewitt R, Ronn R, Adrian R, Kanka R, Weigel R, Cazzolla Gatti R, Lemes Martins R, Georges R, Isela Meneses R, Gavilan R, Dasgupta S, Wittlinger S, Puijalon S, Freda S, Suzuki S, Charles S, Gogo S, Drollinger S, Mereu S, Wipf S, Trevathan-Tackett S, Loefgren S, Stoll S, Trogisch S, Hoeber S, Seitz S, Glatzel S, Milton S, Dousset S, Mori T, Sato T, Ise T, Hishi T, Kenta T, Nakaji T, Michelan T, Camboulive T, Mozdzer T, Scholten T, Spiegelberger T, Zechmeister T, Kleinebecker T, Hiura T, Enoki T, Ursu T, Morra di Cella U, Hamer U, Klaus V, Mendes Rego V, Di Cecco V, Busch V, Fontana V, Piscova V, Carbonell V, Ochoa V, Bretagnolle V, Maire V, Farjalla V, Zhou W, Luo W, McDowell W, Hu Y, Utsumi Y, Kominami Y, Zaika Y, Rozhkov Y, Kotroczo Z and Toth Z (2018) Early stage litter decomposition across biomes. Science of the Total Environment, 628-629, pp. 1369-1394, DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.01.012.
  • Edwards W, Liddell M, Franks P, Nichols C and Laurance S (2018) Seasonal patterns in rainforest litterfall: detecting endogenous and environmental influences from long-term sampling. Austral Ecology, 43, pp. 225-235, DOI:10.1111/aec.12559.
  • Fu Z, Gerken T, Bromley G, Araújo A, Bonal D, Burban B, Ficklin D, Fuentes J, Goulden M, Hirano T, Kosugi Y, Liddell M, Nicolini G, Niu S, Roupsard O, Stefani P, Mi C, Tofte Z, Xiao J, Valentini R, Wolf S and Stoy P (2018) The surface-atmosphere exchange of carbon dioxide in tropical rainforests: sensitivity to environmental drivers and flux measurement methodology. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 263, pp. 292-307, DOI:10.1016/j.agrformet.2018.09.001.
  • Gangur A, Seymour J, Liddell M, Wilson D, Smout M and Northfield T (2018) When is overkill optimal? Tritrophic interactions reveal new insights into venom evolution. Theoretical Ecology, 11 (2), pp. 141-149, DOI:10.1007/s12080-017-0354-z.
  • Grimbacher P, Edwards W, Liddell M, Nelson P, Nichols C, Wardhaugh C and Stork N (2018) Temporal variation in abundance of leaf litter beetles and ants in an Australian lowland tropical rainforest is driven by climate and litter fall. Biodiversity and Conservation, 27 (10), pp. 2625-2640, DOI:10.1007/s10531-018-1558-2.
  • Togashi H, Atkin O, Bloomfield K, Bradford M, Cao K, Dong N, Evans B, Fan Z, Harrison S, Hua Z, Liddell M, Lloyd J, Ni J, Wang H, Weerasinghe L and Prentice I (2018) Functional trait variation related to gap dynamics in tropical moist forests: a vegetation modelling perspective. Perspectives in Plant Ecology Evolution and Systematics, 35, pp. 52-64, DOI:10.1016/j.ppees.2018.10.004.

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 33+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Michael Liddell from 2004 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources - National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS)

Ozflux FNQ tropical rainforest site

Indicative Funding
$480,132 over 11 years (administered by University of Queensland)
As part of the Australian National Flux Network (Ozflux) the FNQ tropical rainforest site will be required to provide half-hourly average time series of a range of data streams including fluxes of carbon, water and energy. The data will be sent to a central console in Canberra where it will be quality assessed and archived. The processed data will be used by the ACEAS Ecological Monitoring and Synthesis centre in Brisbane after the appropriate data access conditions have been met and post-publication by the original authors.
Michael Liddell (College of Science & Engineering)
Fluxes; Rainforest; Ozflux

Powerlink Queensland - Contract Research

Abrasive Blasting - Are There Any Environmental Concerns

Indicative Funding
$74,284 over 2 years
The re-surfacing and re-use of existing high voltage towers instead of removing and replacing with new structures has the potential to alter the way that power transmission infrastructure is used in the long term in Queensland. This project will look at using abrasive blasting in the high value and sensitive landscape of the rainforests of the Wet Tropics and will develop the science narrative around how the process interacts with the local environment.
Michael Liddell, Tobin Northfield, Lucas Cernusak, Anthony Morrison, Simon Berryman and Nicole Lashmar (College of Science & Engineering, Macquarie University and Powerlink Queensland)
Invertebrate Physiology; Ecophysiology; Aerosols

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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.

  • Structure and Function of Novel Peptides from Cone Snail Venom (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • The Impacts of Soil Physicochemicol Properties on Suppression of Fusorium wilt of Bananas in North Queensland, Australia. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Climate Change Effects on Tropical Trees: Phenology, Eco-Physiology and Stable Isotopes of Amazon Forest Species under Increasing CO2 (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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  • 5+ collaborations
  • 4 collaborations
  • 3 collaborations
  • 2 collaborations
  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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