Impacts of the MTSRF

Marine and Tropical Sciences Research Facility


The Marine and Tropical Sciences Research Facility (MTSRF) was a $40m component of the Australian Government's Commonwealth Environment Research Facilities, managed by the then Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts.

Although the four-year term of the MTSRF officially concluded on 30 June 2010, this Australian Government investment will continue to deliver sustainability dividends into the future. This ongoing delivery will occur directly, through continued Australian Government funding - with a number of MTSRF projects receiving short term additional 'transition funding' until December 2010 - and also indirectly, through the continued activity of the RRRC and consortium members.

Through a consortium of fifteen research agencies, involving around three hundred scientists, the MTSRF delivered scientific solutions for the problems facing North Queensland's key environmental assets: the Great Barrier Reef and its catchments, tropical rainforests including the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, and Torres Strait.

Publications from the MTSRF program can be downloaded here, including the Impacts of the MTSRF brochure.


MTSRF 1.1.1 Identification of indicators and thresholds of concern for ecosystem health on a bioregional scale for the GBR Michelle Waycott, JCU and Hugh Sweatman, AIMS
MTSRF 1.1.2 Condition and trend of the GBR ecosystem: Indicators, thresholds of potential concern and ecological influence of GBR Zoning Plan on mid and outer reefs Hugh Sweatman, AIMS and Marie-Lise Schläppy, Reef Check
MTSRF 1.1.3 Condition, trend and risk in coastal habitats: Seagrass indicators, distribution and thresholds of potential concern Michelle Waycott, JCU and Len McKenzie, QDPI&F
MTSRF 1.1.4 Dating and mapping historical changes in GBR coral communities Jian-Xin Zhao, UQ
MTSRF 1.1.5 The e-Atlas: Risk, Resilience and Response Katharina Fabricius, AIMS
MTSRF 1.2.1 Status and trends of biodiversity and ecosystem services James Butler, CSIRO
MTSRF 1.3.1 Traditional knowledge systems and climate change in the Torres Strait Kevin Parnell and Karen McNamara, JCU
MTSRF 1.3.2 Ecological role and potential economic value of sponges to the Torres Strait Steve Whalan, AIMS
MTSRF 1.3.3 Economic analysis of alternative uses, trade-offs James Butler, CSIRO
MTSRF 1.3.4 Communication, community engagement and enhanced delivery Vic McGrath, TSRA
MTSRF 1.3.5 Data integration and synthesis for development of reports on ecosystem health in the Torres Strait region James Butler, CSIRO
MTSRF 1.4.1 Condition trends and projected futures of marine species of conservation concern Mark Hamann, JCU
MTSRF 1.4.2 Sustainable use of marine species of conservation concern Helene Marsh, JCU
MTSRF 1.4.3 Rainforest threatened species and communities and ecosystem processes Dan Metcalfe, CSIRO
MTSRF 2.5i.1 Hydrodynamics at the whole-of-GBR scale Richard Brinkman, AIMS
MTSRF 2.5i.2 Early warning and assessment system for thermal stress on the GBR Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, UQ
MTSRF 2.5i.3 Resilience to climate change Terry Hughes, JCU and Julian Caley, AIMS
MTSRF 2.5i.4 Tools to support resilience-based management in the face of climate change Scott Wooldridge, AIMS
MTSRF 2.5ii.1 Regional climate projections for tropical rainforests RamasamySuppiah, CSIRO
MTSRF 2.5ii.2 Climate change: scaling from trees to ecosystems Michael Liddell, JCU
MTSRF 2.5ii.3 Understanding climate change threat to ecosystems and ecological processes David Hilbert, CSIRO
MTSRF 2.5ii.4 Impacts of climate change on biodiversity Steve Williams, JCU
MTSRF 2.6.1 Understanding threats and impacts of invasive pests in the GBR David Blair, JCU
MTSRF 2.6.2 Identification and impact of invasive pests in the Wet Tropics rainforests David Westcott, CSIRO
MTSRF 3.7.1 Marine and estuarine indicators and thresholds of concern Katharina Fabricius, AIMS
MTSRF 3.7.2 Connectivity and risk: tracing materials from the upper catchment to the reef Jon Brodie, JCU
MTSRF 3.7.3 Freshwater indicators and thresholds of concern Richard Pearson, JCU and Angela Arthington, GU
MTSRF 3.7.4 Wetlands and floodplains: connectivity and hydro-ecological function Jim Wallace, CSIRO
MTSRF 3.7.5 & 3.7.6 Socio-economic constraints to and incentives for the adoption of land use and management options for water quality improvement Peter Roebeling, CSIRO
MTSRF 3.7.7 Analysis and synthesis of information for reporting credible estimates of loads for compliance against targets and tracking trends in loads Bronwyn Hatch, CSIRO
MTSRF 4.8.1 Resilience and connectivity Terry Hughes, JCU
MTSRF 4.8.2 Influence of the GBR Zoning Plan on inshore habitats and biodiversity, of which fish and corals are indicators Peter Doherty, AIMS and Garry Russ, JCU
MTSRF 4.8.3 Evaluation of the resiliency of key inter-reefal fish species Colin Simpfendorfer, JCU
MTSRF 4.8.4 Evaluation of the impacts from industry and community uses on inshore biodiversity Andrew Tobin, JCU
MTSRF 4.8.5 Incorporating stakeholders and their values, knowledge and aspirations in the care and development of the GBR Marine Park Stephen Sutton, JCU
MTSRF 4.8.6 Analysis of recreational and tourism use and impact on the GBR for managing sustainable tourism Bruce Prideaux, JCU
MTSRF 4.8.7 Forecasting risk of exposure to Irukandji Michael Kingsford, JCU
MTSRF 4.8.8 Investigation of the motivations of commercial and recreational fishers to comply with Great Barrier Reef Marine Park zoning Renae Tobin, JCU
MTSRF 4.9.1 Indigenous landscapes of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area Steve Turton, JCU
MTSRF 4.9.2 Nature based tourism: planning and management Bruce Prideaux, JCU
MTSRF 4.9.3 Impacts of urbanisation on North Queensland environments: management and remediation Steve Turton, JCU
MTSRF 4.9.4 Integrating ecology, economics and people in forest and landscapes Nick Emtage and John Herobhn, UQ
MTSRF 4.9.5 Restoring tropical forest landscapes Carla Catterall, GU
MTSRF 4.9.6 Strategic Natural Resource Management and land use planning Cathy Robinson, CSIRO
MTSRF 4.9.7 Understanding social resilience and identification of social resilience indicators for management H. Ross, UQ, T. Lynam, CSIRO and M. Gooch, JCU
MTSRF 5.10 Enhancing delivery of the MTSRF Suzanne Long, RRRC
MTSRF 5.10.1 Visual Documentation of MTSRF Projects Suzanne Long, RRRCQ
MTSRF 5.10.2 Communication, engagement and enhanced delivery for tourism operators in the Wet Tropics rainforests Annie Riddet, TTNQ
MTSRF 5.10.3 Communication, community engagement and enhanced delivery for Indigenous knowledge of the MTSRF Region Jean Fenton and Melissa George, George Fenton Consultants


Impacts of the MTSRF