Dr. Michael St John Warne

Dr. Warne is currently the Senior Research Fellow – Water Pollution at the Centre of Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR). He also holds honorary positions at the Queensland Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation; the (Australian) National Research Centre for Environmental Toxicology, and at the Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University.

He has worked in universities, research and development organisations and environmental protection agencies. He has led large collaborative field-based programs including the National Biosolids Research Program, a biosolids research program in Thailand and Vietnam and the Great Barrier Reef Catchment loads monitoring program. He has expertise in;

  • aquatic and terrestrial ecotoxicology for metals and inorganic and organic chemicals;
  • derivation of environmental quality guidelines (in water, soil and soil additives);
  • ecological hazard and risk assessments; and
  • water quality monitoring and loads estimation.

He has written 1 book; 6 chapters; nearly 100 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals; 8 Australian Guidelines on the environmental management of chemicals; over 180 published and unpublished reports and conference proceedings. He has been awarded over £12M in research and development grants and consultancies. He has received (Google Scholar) over 2250 citations for his publications, has an H-factor of 27 and an i10 index of 66.

  • Great Barrier Reef Catchment Loads Monitoring Program.
  • National Biosolids Research Program.This Australia-wide research program aimed to quantify the beneficial and deleterious effects of the land application of biosolids to agricultural land and then to develop guidelines for selected contaminants found in the biosolids that would prevent the application causing environmental or human health risks.
  • Various projects related to the derivation of the Australian and New Zealand Water Quality Guidelines. These projects developed the method for deriving water quality guidelines for toxicants, calculated water quality guidelines for approximately 200 chemicals, developed a database for all the toxicity data that was used in the derivation process, revised and updated the method for deriving water quality guidelines as part of the current revision and calculated water quality guidelines for ten priority pesticides.
  • Derivation of the National Environment Protection Measure (Assessment of Site Contamination) Ecological Investigation Levels for contaminated soils. This project developed a method for deriving ecological investigation levels (EILs) that are the equivalent of water quality guidelines but for soil. It then calculated EILs for eight priority contaminants found in urban contaminated soils. These have been adopted into the National Environment Protection Measure (Assessment of Site Contamination). It also developed a simple spreadsheet for calculating soil-specific EILs.
  • Derivation of Guidelines for Contaminants in Mineral Fertilisers. Desktop project.
  • South East Queensland Loads Monitoring Program. This program monitored and reported on the concentrations and annual loads (total mass) of total suspended solids and nutrients that were discharged by rivers in South East Queensland to Moreton Bay. It was part of a larger Healthy Waterways Strategy to reduce the loads of these key pollutants being discharged and improve the health of the aquatic ecosystems.
    Funding Agency: Healthy Waterways Ltd and the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.
  • A series of projects examining the spatial and temporal variation of pesticides detected in rivers discharging to the Great Barrier Reef and to assess the risk that the changes pose to aquatic organisms. The aim of these projects was to expand the suite of pesticides being monitored for and to determine if pesticide use was changing over time in response to changes in pesticide use regulations.
  • Elicitation and prioritisation of management objectives related to inshore fisheries and biodiversity in the coastal zone of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). This was a collaborative project involving scientific experts and representatives of local stakeholders that attempted to elicit and prioritise management objectives for inshore fisheries in the Mackay region of the Great Barrier Reef.
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University of the year shortlisted
QS Five Star Rating 2020
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