I am a Principal Research Scientist within the Sustainable Coastal Ecosystem & Industries in Tropical Australia (SCEITA) Program.
I am interested in the interaction of physics and biology in pelagic ecosystems, and in the biodiversity and productivity of marine plankton in Australia's tropical shelf seas. My skills contribute to solving practical problems involving human impacts on the pelagic ecosystems of the Great Barrier Reef, the Coral Sea, the Arafura and Timor Seas, and the Kimberley region of NW Australia.
  • 1997 PhD Zoology Department, University of Queensland.
  • 1988 MSc Zoology Department, University of Melbourne.
Current Research Activities
Leader, Task 2.4.2: Exchanges across the shelf-ocean boundary
  • Quantifying the flux of nutrients and plankton between the Coral Sea and the GBR
  • Understanding controls on mesozooplankton community structure and production
  • Quantifying pelagic processes in highly turbulent and macrotidal environments
  • Determining the balance between pelagic production and respiration
  • Conducting systematic studies of Copepoda
Expert Committees and Boards
Adjunct Professor at James Cook University of North Queensland
Subject Editor for the journal Marine Biology Research
Review Editor for the journal Aquaculture Environment Interactions.
Over 100 science and technical papers in international journals. The following are some recent publications.

McKinnon AD, Duggan S, Holliday D, Brinkman R (2015) Plankton community structure and connectivity in the Kimberley-Browse region of NW Australia. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 153:156-167.

McKinnon AD, Duggan S (2014) Community ecology of tropical marine pelagic copepods. In: Seuront, L. (ed.). Copepods: Diversity, Habitat and Behavior. Nova Science Publishers Inc., Hauppauge NY, pp 25-50.

Zamora-Terol S, McKinnon AD, Saiz E (2014) Feeding and egg production of Oithona spp. in tropical waters of North Queensland, Australia. Journal of Plankton Research 36: 1047-1059.

McKinnon AD and 15 others (2014) Tropical Marginal Seas: Priority Regions For Managing Marine Biodiversity And Ecosystem Function. Annual Review of Marine Science 6:414-437.

Suárez-Morales E, McKinnon AD (2014) The Australian Monstrilloida (Crustacea: Copepoda) I. Monstrillopsis Sars , Maemonstrilla Grygier & Ohtsuka, and Australomonstrillopsis gen. nov. Zootaxa 3779(3):301-340.

Furnas MJ, Schaffelke B, McKinnon AD (2014) Selective evidence of eutrophication in the Great Barrier Reef: comment on Bell et al. (2013) Ambio DOI 10.1007/s13280-013-0471-x

Ceccarelli DM, McKinnon AD, and 42 others (2013) The Coral Sea: Physical Environment, Ecosystem Status and Biodiversity Assets. In Michael Lesser, editor: Advances in Marine Biology, Vol. 66, AMB, UK: Academic Press pp. 213-290.

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