Meet our diverse range of researchers

The Griffith Climate Change Response Program brings together researchers from every discipline at Griffith University to work collaboratively on climate change projects. It is not uncommon to have a mix of engineers, social scientists, business analysts and governance researchers working on the single climate change project. Meet some of our researchers below.

Director

Professor Brendan Mackey is Director of the Griffith Climate Change Response Program. He has a PhD in ecology from the Australian National University.

The primary foci of Brendan’s research are: (1) ecosystem-based adaptation and mitigation, (2) science-based policy and planning for conservation, climate change and biodiversity conservation and (3) the application of information communication and technology, including geographic information system, remote sensing and modelling, to climate change, ecosystem mapping and environmental problems. He is the lead on a number of externally-funded research projects, including:

Professor Mackey is a member of the Ecological Society of Australia and the Society for Conservation Biology.  His other professional memberships include the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Commission on Environmental Law and the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas.

He  is a Coordinating Lead Author for “Chapter 11 – Australasia” of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report.

Brendan has written over 200 academic publications including journal articles, books and book chapters.

Professor Brendan Mackey - Griffith Experts profile

Some of the researchers currently working on Griffith Climate Change Response Program projects

DSc Fernando Andutta

Research Scientist

Affiliated with the Griffith Centre for Coastal Management

Expertise: Climate change; Oceanography; Physical Oceanography; Mathematics; Physics; Computer Science; Database management; Big Data; Machine Learning

Dr Leah Barclay

Dr Leah Barclay

Research Fellow in Acoustic Ecology

Affiliated with the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre

Expertise:  Acoustic ecology, creative responses to climate change, environmental sound art, conservation technology, interdisciplinary research

Susanne Becken

Professor Susanne Becken

Lead - Policy and social barriers, EcoAdapt project

Director, Griffith Institute for Tourism

Expertise: Carbon footprint; Climate change vulnerability and adaptation destination management; Energy use; Environmental management; Global health governance; Resilience risk perception

Jennifer Boddy

Assoc Prof Jennifer Boddy

Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of School (Learning and Teaching)

Menzies Health Institute Queensland

Expertise: Creative response to climate change; Climate change impacts; Domestic and family violence; feminism

Dr Andrew Buckwell

Andrew Buckwell

Economics Researcher, EcoAdapt project

Affiliated with the Australian Rivers Institute

Dr Tim Cadman

Dr Tim Cadman

Governance and Integrity Research Fellow, Tropical Primary Forests and Climate Change project

Affiliated with the Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law

Expertise: Governance of sustainable development; Environmental politics and policy; Climate change; Natural resource management including forestry; Responsible investment; Institutional performance

Dr Andreas Chai

Dr Andreas Chai

Discipline Head of Economics and Business Statistics

Affiliated with the Griffith Business School

Expertise: Innovation and demand; Evolutionary economics; Tourism economics; Behavioral barriers to climate change adaptation

Prof Rod Connolly

Professor Rod Connolly

Marine and Coastal Scientist, ESRAM and EcoAdapt projects

Affiliated with the Griffith School of Environment and Science & Australian Rivers Institute

Expertise: Ecology of coastal habitats including coral reefs, mangroves, seagrass and saltmarsh; Ecosystem resilience and Marine Protected Areas; Carbon sequestration and food webs in coastal wetlands; Marine spatial planning

Gaelle Faivre

PhD scholar. Assisting with the EcoAdapt project

Affiliated with the Griffith Centre for Coastal Management

Professor Chris Fleming

Lead - Micro-economics benefit-cost analyses, EcoAdapt, Re-building Tanna, ESRAM, Tropical Primary Forests and Climate Change, Boreal & Temperate Primary Forests and Climate Change projects

MBA Director, Griffith Business School

Expertise: Social and economic project/program evaluation; Economic determinants of subjective wellbeing; Indigenous wellbeing; Natural resource and environmental economics; Economics of crime

Prof Chris Frid

Professor Chris Frid

Marine Ecosystem Ecologist

Affiliated with the Griffith School of Environment and Science

Expertise: Ecology of intertidal and offshore sediments; Human impacts on marine ecosystems and their management, Marine Ecosystem Services, Holistic and ecosystem based management, Marine spatial planning

Alyssa Giffin

Alyssa Giffin

PhD scholar. Assisting with the EcoAdapt project

Affiliated with the Australian Rivers Institute

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Dr Benoit Glibert

Lead - Structural performance, Re-building Tanna project

Expertise: Cold-formed steel structures; Timber structures

Wade Hadwen

Dr Wade Hadwen

Research Fellow, EcoAdapt project

Affiliated with the Australian Rivers Institute

Expertise: Aquatic ecology (freshwater and estuarine); Protected area management; Visitor impacts/indicators; Climate change adaptation; Water, sanitation and hygiene; Water resource management in climate-vulnerable settings

Dr Rob Hales

Dr Rob Hales

Director, Griffith Centre for Sustainable Enterprise and Senior Lecturer

Expertise: Climate change; Sustainable tourism; Outdoor recreation; Indigenous issues; Education for sustainability

Mehdi Hafezi

Mehdi Hafezi

PhD Scholar, School of Engineering and Built Environment

Dr Willow Hallgren

Dr Willow Hallgren

Ecological Modeller, EcoAdapt and ESRAM projects

  • Expertise: Ecological modelling; Regional and global climate modelling; Integrated assessment modelling; Land use/land surface/vegetation-atmosphere interactions; Climate impacts; Renewable energy resource assessment
Syzelin Hasan

Dr Syezlin Hasan

Research Fellow in Environmental Economics

Affiliated with the Australian Rivers Institute

Jan Hettenhausen

Jan Hettenhausen

Developer, Biodiversity and Climate Change Virtual Laboratory

Affiliated with eResearch Services

Sonia Hugh

Sonia Hugh

Geographic Information System (GIS) Analyst - Tropical Primary Forests and Climate Change project and the Boreal & Temperate Primary Forests and Climate Change project

Expertise: GIS modelling at multiple scales; Visualisation of geographic data; Spatial and temporal ecological modelling

Dr Chantal Huijbers

Scientific Support Officer, Biodiversity and Climate Change Virtual Laboratory

Affiliated with the Australian Rivers Institute

Dr Hassan Karampour

Lead - Structural performance, Re-building Tanna project

Griffith School of Engineering and Built Environment

Dr Heather Keith

Dr Heather Keith

Senior Research Fellow, Ecosystem Modeller, Boreal & Temperate Primary Forests and Climate Change project

Affiliated with the Environmental Futures Research Institute

Expertise: Forest ecology; carbon cycling and sequestration in forests; conservation planning; land management; impacts of disturbance and policy implications for carbon accounting; quantifying ecosystem services; soil-microbe-plant-atmospheric processes of carbon, nutrient and water cycling and integration to whole ecosystem functioning; resource availability and forest productivity; integration across a range of scales; fire ecology; and sustainable management of natural resources.

    Serena Lee

    Dr Serena B Lee

    Research Fellow - Oceanographer, Whales and a Changing Climate project

    Affiliated with the Griffith Centre for Coastal Management

    Expertise: Coastal zone management

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    Yong Liaw

    Software Engineer, Biodiversity and Climate Change Virtual Laboratory

    Affiliated with eResearch Services

    Emeritus Professor Darryl Low Choy

    Griffith Investigator on ARC Discovery Grant project - Managing environmental change through planning for transformative pathways

    Affiliated with the Cities Research Institute

    Expertise: Climate change adaptation measures; Ecosystem assessment and management at regional or large scales; Environmental science and management; Land use and environmental planning; Policy and administration; Urban land policy

    Sam Mackay

    Sam Mackay

    Griffith Climate Change Response Program - Program Manager

    Expertise: Climate change adaptation; International development; Natural resource management; Information and knowledge management; Institutions and decision-making; Policy design and implementation

    Brendan Mackey

    Professor Brendan Mackey

    Director, Griffith Climate Change Response Program

    Tyson Martin

    Tyson Martin

    Marine and Coastal Specialist, ESRAM and assistant with the EcoAdapt projects

    Affiliated with the Griffith Centre for Coastal Management

    Expertise: Conservation; Marine ecology; Marine environment; Fish ecology; Fisheries Science; Fisheries; Coastal ecology; Fisheries ecology; Coral reef ecology; Marine spatial planning; Seascape ecology

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    Madeleine McGann

    iCLIM Project Officer, Pacific iCLIM

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    Kalara McGregor

    Project Manager, Pacific iCLIM

    Dr Ed Morgan

    Planning & Policy Research Fellow, Tropical Primary Forests and Climate Change project

    Affiliated with the Cities Research Institute

    Expertise: Climate adaptation policy and evidence; Governance; Natural resource management; planning; water resources management

    Maggie Muurmans

    Maggie Muurmans

    Coastal Community Engagement Program Coordinator

    Affiliated with the Griffith Centre for Coastal Management

    Expertise: Community conservation; Capacity building; Environmental education and local livelihood development; Marine protected area management

    Dr Johanna Nalau

    ARC Discovery Early Career Research Fellow 2019-2021

    IPCC AR6 Lead Author Chapter 15, Working Group II

    Managing Editor, Climate Risk Management

    Affiliated with the Cities Research Institute

    Expertise: Adaptation science; Adaptation theory; Climate change adaptation; Climate change adaptation policy; Decision making

    Dr Jan-Olaf Meynecke

    Research Fellow - Whale Ecology, Whales in a Changing Climate project

    Affiliated with the Griffith Centre for Coastal Management

    Expertise: Ecology of coastal marine environments; Seascape connectivity, ocean dynamics and marine mammal response

    Esther Onayngo

    Dr Esther Onyango

    Research Fellow, Griffith Climate Change Response Program

    Sarah Richmond

    Project Manager, Biodiversity and Climate Change Virtual Laboratory

    Dr Oz Sahin

    Senior Research Fellow, Cities Research Institute

    Prof Charles Sampford

    Professor Charles Sampford

    Director, Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law -
    Working on the Tropical Primary Forests and Climate Change project

    Expertise: Law, Global Change and Governance

    Johanna Schliephack

    Johanna Schliephack

    PhD scholar. Assisting with the EcoAdapt project

    Affiliated with the Griffith Institute for Tourism

    Dr Silvia Serrao-Neumann

    Griffith Investigator on ARC Discovery Grant project - Managing environmental change through transformative pathways

    Affiliated with the Cities Research Institute

    Expertise:  Climate change adaptation measures; Ecosystem assessment and management; Environmental science and management; Land use and environmental planning; Policy and administration; Urban land policy

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    Associate Professor Jim Smart

    Lead - Micro-economics benefit-cost analyses, EcoAdapt, Re-building Tanna, ESRAM, Tropical Primary Forests and Climate Change projects and Boreal & Temperate Primary Forests and Climate Change projects

    Affiliated with the Griffith School of Environment and Science

    Expertise: Resource Economics;Environmental Economics; Environmental Valuation

    Arve Solland

    Arve Solland

    Lead Technical Advisor, Pacific iCLIM project

    Professor Rodney Stewart

    Professor, School of Engineering and Built Environment

    Fitalew Taye

    Dr Fitalew Taye

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Environmental and Resource Economics, Tropical Primary Forests project

    Affiliated with the Griffith Business School

    Expertise: Environmental and resource economics

    Professor Rodger Tomlinson

    Professor Rodger Tomlinson

    Lead - Understanding coastal processes, EcoAdapt project

    Director, Griffith Centre for Coastal Management

    Expertise: Climate change adaptation; Coastal engineering; Coastal and island studies; coastal processes

    Dan Ware

    Project Manager, EcoAdapt and ESRAM projects

    Affiliated with the Griffith Centre for Coastal Management

    Expertise: Geomorphology; Geography; Oceanography

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    Gerhard Weis

    Lead Developer/Programmer, Biodiversity and Climate Change Virtual Laboratory

    Malcolm Wolski

    Malcolm Wolski

    IT Technical Director, Pacific iCLIM project

    Expertise: Developing information technology platforms for researchers

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    Sam Wolski

    UI/UX Specialist, Biodiversity and Climate Change Virtual Laboratory

    Administration

    Other staff and researchers - consult the relevant research project

    Griffith Climate Change Response Program