Principal Research Scientist, Team Leader 'Known and Emerging Contaminants'
I have postgraduate qualifications in Biology (MSc 1991, University of Groningen, The Netherlands) and Zoology (PhD 1997, University of British Columbia, Canada). After finishing my PhD in 1997, I made a deliberate choice to move into more applied research that would inform the protection and restoration of coastal ecosystems. Since 2000, my research interests broadened into understanding how coastal zones can be managed using a collaborative and integrated approach to both catchment management and coastal ecosystem health, to protect water quality, aquatic biodiversity and fisheries production. To this effect, I have been leading major research programs with NSW Fisheries and the CSIRO in both temperate and tropical coastal ecosystems. Recent research focuses on understanding the impacts of known and emerging contaminants on tropical marine organisms and ecosystems.

1992: MSc eq. Biology, The University of Groningen, The Netherlands.

1997: PhD Zoology, The University of British Columbia, Canada.

Current Research Activities
In my current research I focus on understanding the impacts of known and emerging contaminants on tropical marine organisms and ecosystems. Contaminants of interest include endocrine disrupting chemicals and microplastics, while the marine organisms studied include all of the life history stages of tropical coastal and marine fish. My Team focuses on the ecotoxicology and risk assessments of contaminants such as hydrocarbons, pesticides, and metals, using organisms such as corals, seagrass, invertebrates, and microbes. I also hold the position of Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Marine and Tropical Biology at James Cook University.
Expert Committees and Boards
Associate Editor Marine and Freshwater Research (2012 - current)
Reef Plan Scientific Consensus Statement Lead Author (2013)
Reef Plan R&D Coordination Group (2012 - 2014)
Subject Editor Biotropica (2010-2012)
50 science papers (total citations 805), Web of Science h-index 18). The following are a selection of recent publications.

Kroon FJ et al. (2016) Towards protecting the Great Barrier Reef from land-based pollution. Global Change Biology. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13262

Pathiratne A, Kroon F (2016) Using species sensitivity distribution approach to assess the risks of commonly detected agricultural pesticides to Australia's tropical freshwater ecosystems. Environ Toxicol Chem 35:419-428

Wooldridge S et al. (2015) Ecologically based targets for bioavailable (reactive) nitrogen discharge from the drainage basins of the Wet Tropics Region, Great Barrier Reef. Mar Poll Bull 97: 262-272

Kroon FJ (2015) The efficacy of clove oil for anaesthesia of eight species of Australian tropical freshwater teleosts. Limnol Oceanogr: Methods 13:463-475

Kroon FJ et al. (2015) Altered levels of endocrine biomarkers in juvenile barramundi, Lates calcarifer (Bloch), following exposure to commercial herbicides formulations. Environ Toxicol Chem 34:1881-1890

Kroon FJ et al. (2015) Presence and absence of invasive fish species in the Wet Tropics region, Australia. J Fish Biol 86:1177-1185

Miller GM et al. (2015) Temperature is the evil twin: Effects of increased temperature and ocean acidification on reproduction in a reef fish. Ecol Appl 25:603-620

Kroon FJ et al. (2015) Altered transcription levels of endocrine associated genes in two fisheries species collected from the Great Barrier Reef catchment and lagoon. Mar Environ Res 104:51-61

Kroon FJ et al. (2014) Effects of atrazine on endocrinology and physiology in juvenile barramundi, Lates calcarifer (Bloch). Environ Toxicol Chem 33:1607-1614

Kroon FJ et al. (2014) Informing policy to protect coastal coral reefs: insight from a global review of reducing agricultural pollution to coastal ecosystems. Mar Poll Bull 85:33-41

Wenger A et al. (2014) Suspended sediment prolongs larval development in a coral reef fish. J Exp Biol 217:1122-1128

Bartley R et al. (2014) Linking sediment impacts on coral reefs to watershed sources, processes and management. Sci Total Environ 468-469: 1138-1153

Kroon FJ (2012) Towards ecologically relevant targets for river pollutant loads in the Great Barrier Reef. Mar Poll Bull 65:261-266

Kroon FJ et al. (2012) River loads of suspended solids, nitrogen, phosphorus and herbicides delivered to the Great Barrier Reef lagoon. Mar Poll Bull 65:167-181

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