Principal Research Scientist, Sustainable Coastal Ecosystems and Industries in Tropical Australia.
  • Ecotoxicology: Effects of pollutants and climate on marine biota
  • Coral reproduction biology
  • Pollution chemistry: Bioaccumulation and degradation
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.

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.
Over 100 science papers (total citations 4800, h-index - 40). The following are a selection of recent publications:

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

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

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

Webster NS, Soo R, Cobb RE, Negri AP (2011) Elevated seawater temperature causes a microbial shift on crustose coralline algae with implications for the recruitment of coral larvae. The ISME Journal 5: 759-770.

Magnusson M, Heimann K, Quayle P, Negri AP (2010) Additive toxicity of herbicide mixtures and comparative sensitivity of tropical benthic microalgae. Marine Pollution Bulletin 60: 1978-1987.

Cantin N, van Oppen MJH, Willis BL, Mieog JC, Negri AP (2009) Juvenile corals can acquire more carbon from high-performance algal symbionts. Coral Reefs 28: 405-414.

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

Webster NS, Uthicke S, Botte E, Flores F, Negri AP (2013) Ocean acidification reduces induction of coral settlement by crustose coralline algae. Global Change Biology 19: 303-315.

Flores F, Collier CJ, Mercurio P, Negri AP (2013) Phytotoxicity of four photosystem II herbicides to tropical seagrasses. PLoS ONE 8(9): e75798

Mercurio P, Flores F, Mueller JF, Carter S, Negri AP (2014) Glyphosate persistence in seawater. Marine Pollution Bulletin 85(2): 385-390

Wilkinson AD, Collier CJ, Flores F, Mercurio P, O'Brien J, Ralph PJ, Negri AP (2015) A miniature bioassay for testing the acute phytotoxicity of photosystem II herbicides on seagrass. PLoS ONE 10(2): e0117541

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