• 2294 Citations
  • 27 h-Index
1989 …2020

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Personal profile

Research Interests

Sources, transport and effects of pollutants (e.g., pesticides; pharmaceuticals; endocrine disrupting chemicals) on aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems; Environmental quality guidelines and ecological risk assessment.

Vision Statement

I was inspired at a young age, by reading Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring”, to work on protecting the environment by understanding and minimising the adverse effects of synthetic chemicals, particularly pesticides. I conduct applied research and have always sought to have my research findings incorporated into the policy or regulatory framework or working with stakeholders to bring about change to current land management practices. I’m inspired by the thrill of scientific discovery and of mentoring the new generation of environmental scientists.



Dr Warne is currently the Senior Research Fellow – Water Pollution at the Centre of Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR), Coventry University. 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
  • water quality monitoring and loads estimation.

He has written 1 book; 6 chapters; over 100 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals; 31 Australian Guidelines on the environmental management of chemicals; over 180 published and unpublished reports and conference proceedings.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 3000 citations for his publications, has an H-factor of 32 and an i10 index of 77.


Area of Expertise:


Ecotoxicology (the transport, fate and effects of contaminants in the environment).

Education/Academic qualification

Doctorate, Griffith University

The University of Newcastle Australia

Degree, The University of Newcastle Australia

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Research Output

Adjusting tropical marine water quality guideline values for elevated ocean temperatures

Negri, A., Smith, R., King, O., Frangos, J., Warne, M. & Uthicke, S., 21 Jan 2020, In : Environmental Science and Technology. 54, 2, p. 1102-1110 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Benthic diatoms as indicators of herbicide toxicity in rivers – A new SPEcies At Risk (SPEARherbicides) index

    Wood, R. J., Mitrovic, S. M., Lim, R. P., Warne, M. S. J., Dunlop, J. & Kefford, B. J., 1 Apr 2019, In : Ecological Indicators. 99, p. 203-213 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 4 Citations (Scopus)

    Development and application of a multispecies toxicity test with tropical freshwater microalgae

    Stone, S., Adams, M. S., Stauber, J. L., Jolley, D. F. & Warne, M. S. J., 1 Jul 2019, In : Environmental Pollution. 250, p. 97-106 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Greywater irrigation as a source of organic micro-pollutants to shallow groundwater and nearby surface water

    Turner, R. D. R., Warne, M. S. J., Dawes, L. A., Thompson, K. & Will, G. D., 15 Jun 2019, In : Science of the Total Environment. 669, p. 570-578 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    2 Downloads (Pure)

    Improving environmental risk assessments of chemicals: Steps towards evidence-based ecotoxicology

    Martin, O. V., Adams, J., Beasley, A., Belanger, S., Breton, R. L., Brock, T. C. M., Buonsante, V. A., Galay Burgos, M., Green, J., Guiney, P. D., Hall, T., Hanson, M., Harris, M. J., Henry, T. R., Huggett, D., Junghans, M., Laskowski, R., Maack, G., Moermond, C. T. A., Panter, G. & 17 others, Pease, A., Poulsen, V., Roberts, M., Rudén, C., Schlekat, C. E., Schoeters, I., Solomon, K. R., Staveley, J., Stubblefield, B., Sumpter, J. P., Warne, M., Wentsel, R., Wheeler, J. R., Wolff, B. A., Yamazaki, K., Zahner, H. & Ågerstrand, M., 1 Jul 2019, In : Environment International. 128, p. 210-217 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalShort survey

    Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    17 Downloads (Pure)


    • 4 Participation in conference

    Invited Expert Meeting on Revising U.S. EPA’s Guidelines for Deriving Aquatic Life Criteria

    Michael Warne (Speaker)
    14 Sep 201516 Sep 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    SETAC sponsored Pellston Workshop on ‘Simplifying environmental mixtures - An aquatic exposure based approach via exposure scenarios’

    Michael Warne (Participant)
    22 Mar 201527 Mar 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    SETAC sponsored Pellston Workshop on ‘Increasing the usability of ecotoxicology for regulatory decision making’

    Michael Warne (Participant)
    30 Aug 20154 Sep 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    ECETOC International Workshop on Species Sensitivity Distributions

    Michael Warne (Participant)
    11 Feb 201413 Feb 2014

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference