Role
Coordinator of the coral component of the Reef Rescue Marine Monitoring Program
Background
My professional career has been focused on the assessment and reporting of reef-fish and coral communities.
I was initially recruited into the AIMS long-term monitoring program (LTMP) in 1989. From 1992 through to 2003 I undertook the monitoring of reef fish communities on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). Whilst with the LTMP, I developed skills in the application of sampling designs, and statistical analyses required to interpret and report long-term trends in coral reef communities. In addition this time gave me a clear appreciation of the need for an unyielding focus on data integrity through the use of sound data management and quality control measures. My field and analytical skills allowed my participation in surveys of reef fish communities across tropical Australia, the Coral Sea and also the Arabian Gulf.
In 2004 my focus shifted from reef-fish to coral communities when I undertook and reported a spatial survey of coral communities in the turbid nearshore waters of the GBR.
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. This has lead to my interest in the use of report cards to convey the state of ecological process in a simple and intuitive way.
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, Delean S, Davidson J, Neale SJ (2007) Status of near-shore reefs of the Great Barrier Reef 2004. MTSRF Report No. 2 ISBN 9781921359019. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre. 169 p.

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

Thompson AA, Schaffelke B, De'ath AG, Cripps E, Sweatman HPA (2010) Water quality and ecosystem monitoring programme. Reef Water Quality Protection Plan. Synthesis and spatial analysis of inshore monitoring data 2005-08. Australian Institute of Marine Science. 78 p.

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

Thompson AA, Davidson J, Schaffelke B, Sweatman HPA (2010) Reef Rescue Marine Monitoring Program. Final Report of AIMS Activities - Inshore coral reef monitoring 2009/10. . Australian Institute of Marine Science. 104 p.

Thompson AA, Costello P, Davidson J, Logan M, Schaffelke B, Uthicke S, Takahashi M (2011) Reef Rescue Marine Monitoring Program. Report of AIMS Activities Inshore coral reef monitoring 2011. Report for Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Australian Institute of Marine Science. 128 p.

Thompson AA, Davidson J, Uthicke S, Schaffelke B, Patel FM, Sweatman HPA (2011) Reef Rescue Marine Monitoring Program. Report of AIMS Activities Inshore coral reef monitoring 2010. Report for Reef and Rainforest Research Centre. Australian Institute of Marine Science. 123 p.

Fabricius KE, Cooper TF, Humphrey CA, Uthicke S, De'ath AG, Davidson J, LeGrand H, Thompson AA, Schaffelke B (2012) A bioindicator system for water quality on inshore coral reefs of the Great Barrier Reef. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 65: 320 332.

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

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