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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scientific journals; 31 Australian Guidelines on the environmental management of chemicals; over 180 published and unpublished reports and conference proceedings.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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Toxicity Engineering & Materials Science
toxicity Earth & Environmental Sciences
barrier reef Earth & Environmental Sciences
Biosolids Chemical Compounds
Herbicides Engineering & Materials Science
Rivers Engineering & Materials Science
pesticide Earth & Environmental Sciences
Atrazine Chemical Compounds

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Research Output 1989 2019

Adjusting tropical marine water quality guideline values for elevated ocean temperatures

Negri, A., Smith, R., King, O., Frangos, J., Warne, M. & Uthicke, S., 17 Dec 2019, In : Environmental Science and Technology. (In-press), p. (In-press)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Water quality
water quality
Thermal stress
coral bleaching
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

new species
1 Citation (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

Toxicity Tests
Fresh Water

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

Surface waters
3 Citations (Scopus)
8 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 othersPease, 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
chemical substance
environmental risk assessment

Activities 2014 2015

  • 4 Participation 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

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

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

ECETOC International Workshop on Species Sensitivity Distributions

Michael Warne (Participant)
11 Feb 201413 Feb 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference