Principal Research Scientist, Team Leader 'Tropical Water Quality and Impacts'
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. In my recent research I focus 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 long-term trends of tropical water quality in the Great Barrier Reef, and potential impacts on reef organisms such as outbreaks of crown of thorns starfish. I also hold the position of Adjunct Associate Professor at James Cook University.
Expert Committees and Boards
Associate Editor Marine and Freshwater Research (2012 - 2017)
Reef Plan Scientific Consensus Statement: Contributing Author (2017), Lead Author (2013)
Reef Plan R&D Coordination Group (2012 - 2014)
Subject Editor Biotropica (2010-2012)
A total of 94 refereed reports, including 58 journal papers (Google Scholar: total citations 2123, h-index 25)


Kroon FJ et al. (2016) Towards protecting the Great Barrier Reef from land-based pollution. Global Change Biol 22:1985-2002

Kroon FJ, et al. (2015). Identification, impacts, and prioritisation of emerging contaminants present in the GBR and Torres Strait marine environments. Report to the National Environmental Science Programme. RRRC Ltd, Cairns (138 pages).

Miller et al. (2017) Recovering microplastics from marine samples: A review of current practices. Mar Poll Bull 123: 6-18

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

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

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 et al. (2017) A protocol for identifying suitable biomarkers to assess fish health: A systematic review. PLoS ONE 12(4): e0174762.

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

Hook SE, Kroon FJ, et al. (2017) Global transcriptomic profiling in barramundi Lates calcarcifer from rivers impacted by differing agricultural land-uses. Environ Toxicol Chem, 36, 103-112

Wenger A et al. (2016) The impact of individual and combined abiotic factors on daily otolith growth in a coral reef fish. Nature Scientific Report, 6, article number 28875

Ebner BC et al. (2016) Enhancing conservation of Australian freshwater ecosystems: identification of freshwater flagship fishes and relevant target audiences. Fish and Fisheries, 17, 1134-1151

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

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

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