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scientific journals; 31 Australian Guidelines on the environmental management of chemicals; over 180 published and unpublished reports and conference proceedings.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

Degree, University of Newcastle, Australia

University of Newcastle, Australia

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pollutant Earth & Environmental Sciences
water quality Earth & Environmental Sciences
barrier reef Earth & Environmental Sciences
Water Quality Medicine & Life Sciences
pesticide Earth & Environmental Sciences
river Earth & Environmental Sciences
Rivers Engineering & Materials Science
catchment Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 2013 2017

Development of basin-specific ecologically relevant water quality targets for the Great Barrier Reef

Brodie, J., Baird, M., Waterhouse, J., Mongin, M., Skerratt, J., Robillot, C., Smith, R., Mann, R. & Warne, M. 2017 Townsville, Australia: Centre for Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Research. 68 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access
water quality
barrier reef
land use

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

Warne, M., King, O. & Smith, R. 19 Dec 2017 In : Environmental Science and Pollution Research. (in press), p. (in press) ESPR-D-17-00389R2

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Fresh Water

Harmonization of Water and Sediment Quality Guideline Derivation

Batley, G. & Warne, M. 6 Feb 2017 In : Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management. p. (in press)

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Water Quality
water quality
European Union
New Zealand

Hepatic transcriptomic profiles from barramundi, Lates calcarifer, as a means of assessing organism health and identifying stressors in rivers in northern Queensland

Hook, S. E., Kroon, F. J., Greenfield, P. A., Warne, M., Smith, R. A. & Turner, R. D. R. 31 May 2017 In : Marine Environmental Research. p. (in press) 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


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. 1 Nov 2017 In : Science of The Total Environment. (in press), p. (in press)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Household Articles

Activities 2014 2015

  • 4 Participation in conference

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

Warne, M. (Speaker)
14 Sep 201516 Sep 2015

Activity: Participation in conference

ECETOC International Workshop on Species Sensitivity Distributions

Warne, M. (Participant)
11 Feb 201413 Feb 2014

Activity: Participation in conference