Role
Principal Research Scientist
  • Ecotoxicology: Effects of pollutants and climate on marine biota
  • Coral reproduction biology
  • Pollution chemistry: Bioaccumulation and degradation
Background
My background and training is in analytical chemistry and toxin research. Since obtaining my PhD in 1993, I spent 10 years studying the chemistry, distribution and accumulation of natural toxins in marine and freshwater ecosystems at AIMS and CSIRO. In the late 1990s, my research became more coral reef-focussed, including studies on the natural chemistry and microbiology responsible for coral larval settlement. Since 2000, I have been focussing on identifying the toxic thresholds of anthropogenic contaminants on a range of marine species, including corals (all life history stages), sponges and algae. I spent time in 2001 and 2002 identifying contaminants and their effects on marine biota in Antarctica. Recent research focuses on understanding the combined effects of climate change and pollution on tropical marine organisms.
Education

1993: PhD (Chemistry) RMIT University, Australia

Current Research Activities
Current research focuses on understanding the combined effects of pollution and climate change on tropical marine organisms. Pollutants of interest include pesticides, metals, POPs, petroleum products and sediments from dredging, while the marine organisms studied include all of the life history stages of coral, micro and macroalgae, sponges and fish. I also hold the position of Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Marine and Tropical Biology at James Cook University.
Publications
Over 100 science papers (total citations 6000, h-index - 46). The following are a selection of recent publications:

Negri AP, Flores F, Rothig T and Uthicke S (2011) Herbicides increase the vulnerability of corals to rising sea surface temperature. Limnology and Oceanography. 56: 471-485.

Negri AP and Hoogenboom M (2011) Water contamination reduces the tolerance of coral larvae to thermal stress. PLoS ONE. 6: e19703.

Heyward AJ and Negri AP (2012) Turbulence, cleavage and the naked embryo: a case for coral clones. Science. 335 (6072): 1064.

Flores F, Hoogenboom M, Smith LD, Cooper TF, Abrego D and Negri AP (2012) Chronic exposure of corals to fine sediments: lethal and sub-lethal impacts. PLoS ONE. 7: e37795.

van Dam JW, Uthicke S, Beltran VH, Mueller JF, Negri AP (2015) Combined thermal and herbicide stress in functionally diverse coral symbionts. Environmental Pollution 204: 271-279

Negri AP, Flores F, Mercurio P, Mueller JF, Collier CJ (2015) Lethal and sub-lethal chronic effects of the herbicide diuron on seagrass. Aquatic Toxicology 165: 73-83

Tebben J, Motti CA, Siboni N, Tapiolas DM, Negri AP, Schupp PJ, Kitamura M, Hatta M, Steinberg PD, Harder T (2015) Chemical mediation of coral larval settlement by crustose coralline algae. Scientific Reports 5: 10803

Mercurio P, Mueller JF, Eaglesham G, Flores F, Negri AP (2015) Herbicide persistence in seawater simulation experiments. PLoS ONE 10(8): e013639

Jones R, Ricardo GF, Negri AP (2015) Effects of sediments on the reproductive cycle of corals. Marine Pollution Bulletin 100(1): 13-33

Wilkinson AD, Collier CJ, Flores F, Negri AP (2015) Acute and additive toxicity of ten photosystem-II herbicides to seagrass. Scientific Reports 5: 17442

Ricardo GF, Jones RJ, Clode PL, Humanes A, Negri AP (2015) Suspended sediments limit coral sperm availability. Scientific Reports 5: 18084

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