My research interests are broadly focused on water quality across the catchment to reef continuum.   Zoe’s PhD research examined sediment transport processes across a large Great Barrier Reef (GBR) river catchment, as well as the transformation and dispersal of these sediments within adjacent coastal waters. Zoe’s current Advance Queensland Fellowship builds on this research to characterise and trace the origin(s) of fine sediments that are most responsible for the declining condition of GBR ecosystems. 

Research Disciplines
  • 2016 - University Medal - Excellence for a doctoral research thesis
  • 2016 - Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) Women in Research Citation Awards (Environmental science & management category)
  • 2016 to 2019 - Advance Queensland (QLD Government) Research Fellowship

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QLD Department of Environment and Science - Advance Queensland Research Fellowship

Identifying sources of fine sediments to protect the Great Barrier Reef

Indicative Funding
$180,000 over 5 years
This fellowship builds on Bainbridge's PhD thesis which identified the sediment fractions preferentially transported from rivers via flood flumes to the Great Barrier Reef lagoon, and which have the greatest influence on photic depth/water clarity. The research will identify both the key properties and the primary sources of this material, enabling more effective prioritisation and direct targeting of control works to improve the quality of water discharged to the Great Barrier Reef. This research is cutting edge in the field of sediment tracing and will contribute locally by identifying specific catchment sources of ecologically-damaging fine sediment, and to the broader international field of sediment tracing.
Zoe Bainbridge, Stephen Lewis, Scott Smithers, Jon Olley, Joanne Burton, Scott Wilkinson and Stephen Hillier (TropWATER, College of Science & Engineering, Australian Rivers Institute, QLD Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation, Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation and James Hutton Institute)
Fine Sediment; Great Barrier Reef; Clay minineralogy; Sediment Tracing; Geochemistry; Catchment Management

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