Current projects

  • The Australian and Queensland governments commenced the Reef Water Quality Improvement Plan in 2003 with the aim of decreasing the annual loads (total mass) of suspended solids and nutrients entering the lagoon of the GBR. While there has been extensive monitoring of these pollutants at up to 38 sites for up to 13 years, progress in reducing loads has been based on modelling. This project will use time-series methods to analyse water quality monitoring data to determine if loads have remained static, have improved or got worse. Opportunities for new methodological advances in multivariate time-series analysis with varying sampling frequencies will be key to this project. The findings of this work will be of great interest to the Australian and Queensland governments, researchers in general and will feed into on-going development of policy. We expect that the results would be published in a scientific journal. This honours project is available to start in first semester, 2020. A stipend of $5 000 will be paid to the successful candidate who undertakes this project.  Please contact Dr Alan Huang email: ph: +61 7 336 52315 and Associate Professor Michael Warne email: ph: +61 7 33469056/ +61 7 0424133 053 for further details and discuss your interest in the project.
  • The 2017 closure of the scallop fishery was directly influenced by a study in which Dr Wen-Hsi Yang and Professor Kaye Basford worked closely with the fisheries stock assessment team from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries to identify the current status of saucer scallop to respond to concerns about declining catches of legal-sized saucer scallop.  Indeed, Dr Yang was the lead co-author of an authoritative quantitative assessment report that alerted decision makers to the urgency of the inferred decline in the saucer scallop stock. Their findings were externally reviewed by experts at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  The reviewers found that: "The model is state of the art. It reflects a great deal of ingenuity to capture not only the temporal dynamics but also the spatial aspects of the fishery."
  • New Fisheries Research Development Corporation (FRDC) Project titled, “Stock predictions and spatial population indicators for Australia's east coast saucer scallop fishery” joint with M.F. O'Neill, A.J. Courtney, G. Leigh., M.M. Campbell (DAF) W-H, Yang and J. Filar (CARM).  This project aims to improve mortality rate estimates for management of the Queensland saucer scallop fishery.

  • New Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) funded project led by CSIRO titled, “Harvest strategies for the Torres Strait Finfish fishery”. Joint with T. Hutton (CSIRO); M.F. O’Neill, G. Leigh (DAF); A. Tobin (Tobin Fish Tales); K. Basford, J. Filar and M. Holden (CARM). The project will contribute to defensible and robust management decisions including the potential mechanisms for fishery expansion. It will assist in a development of a sustainable harvest strategy that is ratified by management agencies and Islanders. Dr Holden will play a key role in this project.
  • On a more fundamental, basic research, level the recently awarded ARC Discovery project entitled “Time consistency, risk mitigation and partially observable systems” will involve J. Filar’s collaboration with School of Mathematics and Physics colleagues and distinguished international partner investigators. This theoretical investigation is inspired by the problem arising in sustainable management of fisheries: design harvest policies that, consistently, minimize the risk of fishery collapse.
  • With sponsorship from The Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI), The Australian Mathematical Society (AustMS) and Global Change Institute (GCI), on October 3-5 2017, CARM held a Workshop on Applications in Natural Resource Mathematics (WANRM) featuring four distinguished international speakers and 52 participants in total.   WANRM provided a forum for Australian and international experts in the area to disseminate their latest research findings and launch new collaborations. 
  • Successful R Workshops were held on the 13th - 15th June 2017 and 20th -22nd February 2017 with the June Workshop seeing the return of the popular Advanced Workshop with Bill Venables, an eminent Australian statistician. 
  • CARM’s researchers continued to disseminate their results in high quality international journals. The latter included papers in Science, Nature Ecology & Evolution, Journal of Theoretical Biology and Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications.
  • CARM houses the editorial office of Environmental Modeling & Assessment, an international, interdisciplinary, journal published by Springer.  This journal builds bridges between the scientific community's understanding of key environmental issues and the decision makers' need to influence relevant policies and regulations on the basis of the best available information. The journal offers high quality, peer-reviewed papers that may be regarded as either instances of best practice, or as studies that advance the evolution and applicability of the theories and techniques of modeling and assessment. The journal also provides a forum where researchers can publish a complete mathematical description of important environmental models together with the accompanying analysis and underlying assumptions.

Past projects

Suthers I, Richardson AJ. (2015-2017). Linking phytoplankton to fisheries using zooplankton size spectra. ARC Discovery DP150102656. $349,000.

van Ruth P, Ward T, McGarvey R, Richardson AJLeterme S. (2013-2016). Spatial and temporal variability in the shelf plankton communities in the Great Australian Bight. BP. $506,000.

Hallegraeff G, Richardson AJ. (2013-2015). Climate-driven windblown dust and flood runoff can increase marine diseases by fungal pathogens. ARC Discovery DP130102725. $268,000.

Possingham HP, McCarthy MA, Hobbs RJ, Lindenmayer DLPannell JWintle BA, Richardson AJ, Wilson KA, Buckley Y, Vesk PABekessy S, Rhodes J, Bode M, McDonald- Madden E, Drechsler MKark S, Knight A, Martin T, Milner- Gulland EJMoilanen A, Nichols J (2011-2017) ARC Centre of Excellence, ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions, $17,000.

Wang,Y‐G. (June 2013 ‐ June 2016, 30%). Robust inferences for analysis of longitudinal data (DP130100766). ARC Discovery, total ARC fund: $330,000.

Li, L., Bringemeier, D., Wang, Y‐G. & Scheuermann, A.(2013‐2015). Multi‐scalemulti‐phase flows in complex coal seam systems (LP120100662). ARCLinkage, total ARC fund: $377,800.

Courtney, O'Neill, Wang, Pascoe (2010-2011). Harvest strategy evaluations and co-management for the Moreton Bay Trawl Fishery, Seafood CRC, $180k

Lemos, Wang, O'Neill (2012). Grey Mackerel Qld EC Fishery Stock Assessment.

BennetAJ Richardson, S Weeks, K Townsend (2011-2013) ARC Linkage, An integrated examination of the drivers of movements of large filter feeding organisms of high ecotourism, value: a case study (LP110100712), $380K

Richardson AJHosie G (2010-2013) DIISR, Extension and enhancement of AusCPR survey within the Integrated Marine Observing System, $1,719K

Lynch T, Middleton J, Brando V, Feng M, Roughan M, McCauley R, Steinberg C, Richardson AJTilbrook B, Thompson P (2010-2013) DIISR, Extension and enhancement of zooplankton at National Reference Stations within the Integrated Marine Observing System, $300K

Suthers IM, Richardson AJSwadling KM, Ralph PJ, Taylor MD, Doblin MA, Virtue P (2010) ARC LIEF LE100100204, A Laser Optical Plankton Counter for laboratory and in-situ size distributions of zooplankton, to assess the basis and outcomes of changing ecosystems, $125K

Richardson AJ (2010-2013) ARC Future Fellowship, The resilience of marine ecosystems and fisheries to climate change: exploring adaptation strategies, FT0991722, $789K

Richardson AJPoloczanska ES (2009-2013) US NSF National Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis; CSIRO, Towards understanding marine biological impacts of climate change, $279K

Richardson AJBurford M, Yin K, Possingham H, Rissik D (2009-2012) ARC Linkage Grant LP0883663, Resilience of Moreton Bay ecosystems to climate change: Links between nutrient inputs and phytoplankton dynamics, $720K

Richardson AJHobday A, Okey T, Matear R (2009-2012) ARC Discovery Grant DP0879365, Integrating climate and ecosystem models to predict climate change impacts on Australian marine systems, $286K