Principal Research Scientist - Decision Support Team, Healthy Great Barrier Reef
My interest is ecosystem resilience. More specifically, I'm interested in how we can sustain coral reefs this century and beyond. I started my career in 1995 when I pursued a PhD at JCU in coral biology. I then evolved into a systems ecologist who sees the world through two lenses: marine science and environmental management. I joined AIMS in May 2011 as team leader for the Climate Change Team. In 2014-15 I led the Healthy and Resilient Great Barrier Reef Program. Now I'm back at the science bench where I focus on building models of reef risk and resilience. I use those models to help managers make more informed decisions. To do that I collaborate with great people all over the planet: AIMS, national and international universities, government agencies, conservation agencies, industries and foundations. Projects that excite me especially at the moment are initiatives with TNC, NOAA and WWF to explore how trade-offs and business thinking can inform decision-making in reef conservation.
  • 1992: BSc, University of Copenhagen
  • 1993: MSc, Uni Copenhagen
  • 2000: PhD, James Cook University
Current Research Activities
My main focus is on the development of tools to support coral reef conservation and effective decision-making. In collaboration with my team at AIMS, I tackle the problem of how we build resilience on coral reefs under pressures from climate change, ocean acidification and local stressors such as pollution and overfishing. Our approaches range from the development of systems models to the design of conservation strategies with stakeholders and management agencies. I collaborate with a large multi-disciplinary group of excellent and dedicated people, and with collaborators from Australian and international institutions.
Expert Committees and Boards
Adjunct Professor, Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science, University of Queensland
Adjunct Professor, Centre of Excellence for Math and Stats Frontiers, Queensland University of Technology
Senior Leadership Team, AIMS Business Strategy Team (2013-2015);
GBRF Research Consortia
Strategic Advisory Committee Member, Centre of Excellence for Math and Stats Frontiers
Reviewer for >10 international journals.
Reviewer for major funding agencies (ARC, NSF, NOAA etc).
Over 90 science and technical papers in international journals. The following are a selection of recent publications

Google Scholar profile:

Anthony KRN (2016) Coral reefs under climate change and ocean acidification - challenges and opportunities for management and policy. Annual Review of Environment and Resources 41:59-81

Albright R, Anthony KRN (2016) Ocean acidification: Linking science to management solutions using the Great Barrier Reef as a case study. Journal of Environmental Management 182:641-650

McGowan J, Possingham HP, Anthony KRN (2016) Don't let climate change crush coral effort. Nature 536:396

Anthony KRN, Marshall PM, Abdullah A, Beeden R, Coauthors 26 (2015) Operationalizing resilience for the adaptive management of coral reefs. Global Change Biology 21:48-61

Mumby PJ, Anthony KRN (2015) Resilience metrics to inform ecosystem management under global change with application to coral reefs. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 6:1088-1096

Albright R, Benthuysen J, Cantin N, Caldeira K, Anthony KRN (2015) Coral reef metabolism and carbon chemistry dynamics of a coral reef flat. Geophysical Research Letters 42(10):3980-3988

Anthony KRN, Dambacher J, Walshe T, Beeden R (2013) A framework for understanding cumulative impacts, supporting environmental decisions and informing resilience based management of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Final report to the Department of the Environment, Canberra

Anthony KRN, Diaz-Pulido G, Verlinden N, Tilbrook B, Andersson AJ (2013) Benthic buffers and boosters of ocean acidification on coral reefs. Biogeosciences 10(7):4897-4909

McLeod E, Green A, Game E, Anthony KRN, Cinner J, Heron SF, Kleypas J et al. (2012) Integrating climate and ocean change vulnerability into conservation planning. Coastal Management 40:651-672

Anthony KRN, Kleypas J, Gattuso J-P (2011) Coral reefs modify their seawater carbon chemistry - implications for impacts of ocean acidification. Global Change Biology 17:3655-3666

Anthony KRN, Diaz-Pulido G, Maynard JA, Mumby PJ, Hoegh Guldberg O (2011) Ocean acidification and warming lower coral reef resilience. Global Change Biology 17:1798-1808

Anthony KRN, Kline DI, Diaz-Pulido G, Dove S, Hoegh-Guldberg O (2008) Ocean acidification causes bleaching and productivity loss in coral reef builders. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 105:17442-17446

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