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Jon Brodie Profile

Theme leader - Mr Jon Brodie

The Catchment to Reef Processes research group is one of Australia’s leading research groups in the study of environmental issues along the 'catchment to reef continuum’, from the headwaters of the Great Barrier Reef catchment to the outer reef.

Research undertaken by the group includes:

  • Tracing the sources of pollutants (sediments, nutrients, pesticides, microplastics, pharmaceuticals, other industrial chemicals) from different land uses (i.e. cattle grazing, sugar cane, horticulture and urban) within catchments
  • The transport and dispersal of land-based pollutants in coastal and marine environments
  • The environmental, social and economic impacts of plastic pollution
  • The quantification of pollutant loads to the GBR lagoon from end-of-catchment monitoring and coral core proxy records
  • The exposure and risk of land-based pollutants to coastal wetland, mangrove, seagrass and coral reef ecosystems
  • Modelling of ecohydrological and oceanographic processes in estuaries and the GBR
  • Effects on ecosystems of land-based pollutants
  • Management and Policy


Research Staff

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Dr Jorge Alvarez-Romero, Ms Zoe BainbridgeMs Kathryn BerryMr Jon Brodie, Dr Kathy BurnsMs Caroline CoppoDr Eduardo da SilvaDr Aaron DavisDr Jennifer DeboseDr Michelle Devlin, Mr Geoff EndoDr Stephen Lewis, Dr Jane Mellors, Assoc. Prof. Paul NelsonDr Dominique O'BrienDr Caroline Petus, Dr Colette ThomasMr Dieter Tracey,  Dr Emre Turak, Ms Jane WaterhouseDr Amelia WengerProf. Eric Wolanski

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