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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scientific journals; 31 Australian Guidelines on the environmental management of chemicals; over 180 published and unpublished reports and conference proceedings.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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Research Output 2004 2019

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)

Ecotoxicity Thresholds for Ametryn, Diuron, Hexazinone and Simazine in Fresh and Marine Waters

Warne, M. S. J., King, O. & Smith, R. A., 1 Feb 2018, In : Environmental Science and Pollution Research. 25, 4, p. 3151-3169 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
4 Citations (Scopus)

Histopathology, vitellogenin and chemical body burden in mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki) sampled from six river sites receiving a gradient of stressors

Scott, P. D., Coleman, H. M., Khan, S., Lim, R., McDonald, J. A., Mondon, J., Neale, P. A., Prochazka, E., Tremblay, L. A., Warne, M. & Leusch, F. D. L., Mar 2018, In : Science of the Total Environment. 616-617, p. 1638-1648 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
6 Citations (Scopus)

Prospective Aquatic Risk Assessment for Chemical Mixtures in Agricultural Landscapes

Holmes, C. M., Brown, C. D., Hamer, M., Jones, R., Maltby, L., Posthuma, L., Silberhorn, E., Teeter, J. S., Warne, M. S. J. & Weltje, L., 1 Mar 2018, In : Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. 37, 3, p. 674-689 16 p., ETCJ-Jun-17-00382.R1.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Risk assessment
risk assessment
agricultural land
Veterinary Drugs
Body Water
2 Citations (Scopus)

Support for improved quality control but misplaced criticism of GBR science reply to viewpoint “The need for a formalised system of Quality Control for environmental policy-science” by P. Larcombe and P. Ridd (Marine Pollution Bulletin 126:449–461, 2018)

Schaffelke, B., Fabricius, K., Kroon, F., Brodie, J., De'ath, G., Shaw, R., Tarte, D., Warne, M. & Thorburn, P., 1 Apr 2018, In : Marine Pollution Bulletin. 129, 1, p. 357-363 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Marine pollution
marine pollution
environmental policy
quality control
Quality control

Activities 2014 2015

  • 4 Participation 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

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