Role
Coordinator Inshore Coral Monitoring
Background
My professional career has been focused on the assessment and reporting of reef-fish and coral communities.
From 1992 through to 2003 I monitored reef fish communities on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) as part of the Long-term Monitoring Program. Since 2004 my focus shifted to the monitoring and reporting of coral communities in inshore areas of the Great Barrier Reef under the Marine Monitoring Program. In these roles I have developed skills in the design of monitoring programs, the analysis interpretation and reporting of coral community condition and an appreciation for the need of sound data management and quality control systems to ensure the integrity of long-term times series.
Education

BSc Marine Biology. 1989. James Cook University, Australia

Current Research Activities
Since 2005 I have coordinated the coral component of the Marine Monitoring Program. Central to this position is my interest in understanding the pressures that determine coral community condition in inshore waters. An additional requirement of this program is the synthesis of results into formats accessible to diverse audiences that has lead to my interest in the use of report cards to convey the state of ecological process in a broadly accessible and intuitive format.
Expert Committees and Boards
Reef Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program Coral Reef Expert Group
Publications
Over 25 science and technical reports. The following are a selection of recent publications.

Anderson MJ, Thompson AA (2004) Multivariate control charts for ecological and environmental monitoring. Ecological Applications. 14: 1921-1935.

Sweatman HPA, Thompson AA, Neale SJ and Thomson DP (2006) Inshore coral reefs monitoring. (pp.171-236) Water quality and ecosystem monitoring programs - Reef Water Quality Protection Plan. Final report August 2006. An unpublished report to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority . CRC Reef Research Centre. 138 p.

Cheal AJ, Delean S, Sweatman HPA and Thompson AA (2007) Spatial synchrony in coral reef fish populations and the influence of climate. Ecology. 88(1): 158-169.

Uthicke S, Thompson AA and Schaffelke B (2010) Effectiveness of benthic foraminiferal and coral assemblages as water quality indicators on inshore reefs of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Coral Reefs. 29: 209-225.

Thompson AA and Dolman A (2010) Coral bleaching: one disturbance too many for near-shore reefs of the Great Barrier Reef. Coral Reefs. 29: 637-648.

Thompson A, Schroeder T, Brando VE, Schaffelke B (2014) Coral community responses to declining water quality: Whitsunday Islands, Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Coral Reefs 33(4): 923-938

Thompson A, Lønborg C, Logan M, Costello P, Davidson J, Furnas M, Gunn K, Liddy M, Skuza M, Uthicke S, Wright M, Zagorskis I, Schaffelke B (2014) Marine Monitoring Program. Annual Report of AIMS Activities 2013 to 2014 - Inshore water quality and coral reef monitoring. Report for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville (160 p)

Thompson A, Costello P, Davidson J, Logan M, Coleman G, Gunn K, Schaffelke B (2016) Marine Monitoring Program. Annual Report for inshore coral reef monitoring 2014 to 2015. Report for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville (133 pp)

Petus C, Devlin M, Thompson A, McKenzie L, da Silva ET, Collier C, Tracey D, Martin K (2016) Estimating the exposure of coral reefs and seagrass meadows to land-sourced contaminants in river flood plumes of the Great Barrier Reef: Validating a simple satellite risk framework with environmental data. Remote Sensing 8(3): 210

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