Colin Creighton

Principal Research Scientist - Coastal and Estuarine Ecology

Colin’s broad research focus is coastal restoration ecology, especially for enhanced productivity of our catchments – rivers – estuaries – wetlands – nearshore linked ecosystems. Increased productivity for both public and private benefits cannot be achieved without the participation of those that manage our natural resources – all of us. Colin is passionate about exploring smarter, more profitable and sustainable land use practices at all scales, working in partnership with farmers, foresters, fishers, conservationists, managers and policy makers to achieve more productive landscapes across Australia and its near neighbours.

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Research Interests

Colin’s broad research focus is coastal restoration ecology, especially for enhanced productivity of our catchments – rivers – estuaries – wetlands – nearshore linked ecosystems. Increased productivity for both public and private benefits cannot be achieved without the participation of those that manage our natural resources – all of us. Colin is passionate about exploring smarter, more profitable and sustainable land use practices at all scales, working in partnership with farmers, foresters, fishers, conservationists, managers and policy makers to achieve more productive landscapes across Australia and its near neighbours.

Background

Colin has a BSc in metallurgical engineering and postgrads in natural resources and in management. Colin practices what he preaches on a dairy – horticulture – plantation forestry – rainforest nature refuge farm on the Eungella Tablelands, undertakes volunteer assignments in the Pacific and South East Asia, is a member of Greening Australia’s executive and mentors the World Academy of Science’s program for women in science from developing countries (OWSD).

Colin was the inaugural Australian President of the Global Water Partnership and has contributed at an international policy level to the Millennium Assessment, Convention for Sustainable Development, WMO Floodplain Management Guidelines and Global Climate Services.

Recent Research Projects:

2015

  • Underpinning the repair and conservation of Australia’s threatened coastal marine habitats, especially shellfish reefs and salt marshes – NESP Marine Biodiversity Hub project
  • Investment Plan for repairing the Great Barrier Reef [as submitted for natural resource management groups to Aust. & Qld Govts. and World Heritage Commission]
  • Project Catalyst II – Building on Project Catalyst I to deliver Precision Agriculture for the Australian* Sugar Industry (commissioned by Cocoa-Cola Foundation and its partners WWF and NRM groups to set the strategic direction for Project Catalyst)

2014

Selected Publications (organised by theme)

Most Recent

  • Creighton, C., Boon, P.I., Brookes, J.D., & Sheaves, M. 2014 Repairing Australia’s estuaries for improved fisheries production − what benefits, at what cost?  Marine and Freshwater Research
  • Creighton, C., Hobday, A., Lockwood, M. & Pecl, G. (2015) Adapting management of marine environments to a changing climate – key strategies for success. Ecosystems

Fisheries and Marine Biodiversity

Refereed science papers

  • Creighton, C., Boon, P.I., Brookes, J.D., & Sheaves, M. 2014 Repairing Australia’s estuaries for improved fisheries production − what benefits, at what cost? J Marine and Freshwater Research
  • Creighton, C., Hobday, A., Lockwood, M. & Pecl, G. (2015 Adapting management of marine environments to a changing climate – key strategies for success J Ecosystems
  • Frusher, S. D., Hobday, A. J., Jennings, S. M., Creighton, C., D’Silva, D., Haward, M., … & van Putten, E. I. (2014). The short history of research in a marine climate change hotspot: from anecdote to adaptation in south-east Australia. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries24(2), 593-611.
  • Creighton, C. (1983). The Sydney rock oyster (Saccostrea commercialis) as estuary condition: some preliminary observations. Wetlands (Australia)5(1), 13-19.
  • Creighton, C. (1983). Wetlands of the Lake Innes-Cathie catchment. Wetlands (Australia)5(1), 20-31.

Major Published Reports

  • Creighton, C. (2014) Marine Australia – directions for management & further research building on the findings of the Climate Change Adaptation – Marine Biodiversity & Fisheries R&D initiative FRDC 2014
  • Creighton, C., Sawynok, B., Sutton, S., D’Silva, D., Stagles, I., Pam, C., Saunders, R., Welch, D., Daniel Grixti, and Daniel Spooner. “Climate Change and Recreational Fishing.” (2013). Fisheries Research and Development Corporation
  • Creighton C (2013) revitalising Great Barrier Reef estuaries and coastal wetlands FRDC project #2012/036 http://frdc.com.au/research/Documents/2012-036-Great-Barrier-Reef.pdf
  • Creighton C (2013) Revitalising Australia’s Estuaries – the busines case for repairing coastal ecosystems FRDC project #2012/036 http://frdc.com.au/research/Documents/2012-036-Business-Case.pdf
  • Holbrook, N. J., Creighton, C., Robertson, J., Vu, H., & McKellar, R. (2012). National Climate Change Adaptation Research Plan: Marine Biodiversity and Resources-Update 2012.
  • Creighton, C.L. Tucker, M.J. Ivanovici, A.M. Spring, C. S. Jenkins, R.W.G. Campbell W. and Adamson, C. (1988) “Conservation and Management” in Australian Tropical Marine Science and Technology – Current Status and OpportunitiesAMSTAC 1988
  • Creighton C (1982) The Camden Haven Fishing and Oyster Industry. Report to NSW Coastal Council University of New England Armidale NSW

Examples of Science Papers, Communication Articles, Conference Papers and Major Reports that acknowledge Colin’s leadership role 

  • Norward, C. (2014). Habitat: a high-yielding investment. Fish, March 2014
  • Nogrady, B. (2013). Reconnect to revitalise fisheries. Fish, June 2013.
  • Nogrady, B. (2013). Reconnect to revitalise fisheries. Nature New South Wales57(3), 14.
  • Creighton, C. (2013) A fishery called Murray Australian Science April 2013
  • Poloczanska, ES, Hobday, AJ & Richardson, AJ (eds.) (2012) Marine Climate Change in Australia, Impacts and Adaptation Responses. 2012 Report Card. CSIRO. ISBN 978-0-643- 10927-8.
  • Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (2010) Climate Change, Marine Biodiversity and the Fishing and Aquaculture Industries Aust. Govt.
  • Commonwealth of Australia (2005) National Marine Bioregionalisation of Australia.  Dept. Envt. & Heritage, Canberra, Australia [Chair- Colin Creighton]
  • Creighton, C. (2000). Managing Australia’s Estuaries. In Coast to Coast 2000, Australia’s National Coastal Conference, Beyond the Beach, Program and Book of Extended Abstracts (pp. 23-24).
  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (2009) Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report 2009 Aust. Govt.
  • Allan, G., Bell, J. D., & Williams, R. W. (2010). Fishes of Dee Why Lagoon: species composition and factors affecting distribution. Wetlands (Australia)5(1), 4-12.
  • Creighton, C. (1982) The management of a coastal lagoonal system – an investigation of the Lake Innes – Cathie catchment, NSW 1982 AMSA Conf. “Resource Development and the Marine Environment” Sydney NSW
  • Pecl, G. T., & Hobday, A. (2011). Marine climate change in south east Australia: report on meeting of primary investigator’s working on marine climate change projects within the eastern seaboard of south east Australia.
  • Holbrook, N. J., and C. Brooker. “Adaptation Research Network for Marine Biodiversity and Resources–Final Report.” (2013).
  • Trout, C. (2012). Managing Marine Australia–the climate adaptation component. Convenor’s Spot4(1).
  • Thresher, D. (2011). Deep sea corals  – overview and project summaries. Marine climate change in South East Australia, 22.
  • Turner, L., Tracey, D., Tilden, J., & Dennison, W. (Eds.). (2006). Where river meets sea: Exploring Australia’s estuaries. Cooperative Research Centre for Coastal Zone, Estuary and Waterway Management, Brisbane, Aust.
  • Finney, Kim, and Alicja Mosbauer. “An Oceans Portal Accessing Distributed Bioregionalisation Related Datasets Through A National Marine Registry.” National Oceans Office http://www. oceans. gov. au/pdf/PortalRequirments. pdf Website accessed on 13.07 (2003): 04.
  • Done, T. J. “Ecological criteria for evaluating coral reefs and their implications for managers and researchers.” Coral reefs14.4 (1995): 183-192.
  • Brookes, J. D., Lamontagne, S., & Aldridge, K. T. (2009). Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth (CLLAMM) region to develop an ecological framework to help design longer-term management interventions. Facilitated by Colin Creighton, CSIRO’s Water for a Healthy Country Flagship,. S., Bissett, A., Bucater, L., Cheshire, AC, Cook, PLM, Deegan, BM, Dittmann, S., Fairweather, PG, Fernandes, MB, Ford, PW, Geddes, MC, Gillanders, BM, Grigg, NJ, Haese, RR, Krull, E., Langley, RA, Lester, RE, Loo, M., Munro, AR, Noell, CJ, Nayar, S., Paton, DC, Revill, AT, Rogers, DJ, Rolston, A., Sharma. SK, Short, DA, Tanner, JE, Webster, IT, Wellman, NR and Ye, Q, 5.
  • Walker, G., Doble, R., Mech, T., Lavis, T., Bluml, M., MacEwan, R., … & Williams, S. (2005). Lower Murray Landscape Futures Phase One Report. Land Technologies Alliance and CSIRO, Adelaide.
  • Australian Committee for the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (1986) Australia’s Marine and Estuarine Areas – A Policy for Protection Occasional Paper No. 1

Natural Resources Management 

Refereed science papers and a book

  • Meier, C., Creighton, C., Renaud, F., Norese, M. F., Acreman, M., Dyhr-Nielsen, M., … & Upadhyay, V. (2006). Environmental Aspects of Integrated Flood Management. World Meteorological Organisation, (1009).
  • Tait, J. T., Cresswell, I. D., Lawson, R., & Creighton, C. (2000). Auditing the health of Australia’s ecosystems. Ecosystem Health6(2), 149-163.
  • McDonald, W., Creighton, C., & Erlanger, P. (1999). Integrated Water Resource Assessment-Providing Information to Enhance Decision Making. In Water 99: Joint Congress; 25th Hydrology & Water Resources Symposium, 2nd International Conference on Water Resources & Environment Research; Handbook and Proceedings (p. 507). Institution of Engineers, Australia.

Major Published Reports

  • Green, R. and Creighton, C. 2010 Western Australian Salinity Review – directions for investment building on substantial expertise and knowledge.  WA Govt.
  • National Land & Water Resources Audit – Creighton, C.L. lead author (2000). Australian water resources assessment 2000Aust. Govt.
  • National Land & Water Resources Audit – Creighton, C.L. lead author (2000). Australian dryland salinity assessment 2000Aust. Govt.
  • National Land & Water Resources Audit – Creighton, C.L. lead author (2001). Rangelands – tracking changes Australian Collaborative Rangeland Information System Aust. Govt.
  • National Land & Water Resources Audit – Creighton, C.L. lead author (2001). Australian native vegetation assessment 2001Aust. Govt.
  • National Land & Water Resources Audit – Creighton, C.L. lead author (2001). Australian agricultural assessment 2001 Vols. I & II; Aust. Govt.
  • National Land & Water Resources Audit – Creighton, C.L. lead author (2002). Australians and natural resource management 2002 Aust. Govt.
  • National Land & Water Resources Audit – Creighton, C.L. lead author (2002). Australian catchment, river and estuary assessment 2002 Vols.1 & 2; Aust. Govt.
  • National Land & Water Resources Audit – Creighton, C.L. lead author (2002). Australian terrestrial biodiversity assessment 2002 Aust. Govt.
  • National Land & Water Resources Audit – Creighton, C.L. lead author (2002). Australian natural resources information system 2002 Aust. Govt.
  • National Land & Water Resources Audit – Creighton, C.L. lead author (2002). Australia’s natural resources 1997-2002 and beyond 2002 Aust. Govt.
  • Schroder, D., Creighton, C., & Moore, A. (1991). Dryland Salinity, Liverpool Plains NSW Govt
  • Creighton C (1984). Keppel Islands Environmental Survey: A Baseline for Archaeological Reconstructions and Resource Management. Qld Govt. Australia
  • Creighton C (1982) Coastal Region Environmental Assessment and management Tech Report 1: Land Systems and use within the Camden Haven catchment. Report to NSW Coastal Council; University of New England Armidale NSW
  • Creighton C (1982) Coastal Region Environmental Assessment and management Tech Report 2: Physical and biological aspects of the Camden Haven estuary. Report to NSW Coastal Council; University of New England Armidale NSW
  • Creighton C (1982) Coastal Region Environmental Assessment and management Tech Report 3: Water Quality within the Camden Haven. Report to NSW Coastal Council; University of New England Armidale NSW
  • Creighton C (1983) The Lake Innes – Lake Cathie catchment – resource appraisal with recommendations for restoration works and management. Report to NSW Coastal Council; University of New England Armidale NSW

Examples of Science Papers, Communication Articles, Conference Papers and Major Reports that acknowledge Colin’s leadership role 

  • Drewry, J. Higham, W. and Mitchell, C. (2008) Water Quality Improvement Plan for Mackay Whitsunday region Mackay Whitsunday Natural resources Management Group & Qld Govt.
  • Creighton, C. (2008) Australia’s Natural Resources-building a landscape based and integrated approach to natural resources management. Fenner Conf.  Canberra Australia
  • Creighton, C. (1988) Murray River Waterside Reserves Proceedings of the Royal Australian Institute of Parks and Recreation Bicentennial Conf.  Sydney NSW
  • CSIRO (2006) The shared water resources of the Murray-Darling Basin Water for a Healthy Country Flagship
  • CSIRO (2006) Risks to the shared water resources of the Murray-Darling Basin Water for a Healthy Country Flagship
  • CSIRO (2007) Great Barrier Reef catchments Water for a Healthy Country Flagship
  • CSIRO (2006) Irrigation in Perspective – irrigation in the Murray and Murrumbidgee Basins Water for a Healthy Country Flagship
  • CSIRO (2005) Unchartered Waters – influences on the Australian urban water sector Water for a Healthy Country Flagship
  • CSIRO (2005) Whole-of-catchment water balance Water for a Healthy Country Flagship
  • CSIRO (2005) Off- and on-farm savings of irrigation water Water for a Healthy Country Flagship
  • House of Lords Science and Technology Committee (2006) Water Management Vol I Report. London UK
  • Greiner, Romy, et al. “A multi-criteria approach to Great Barrier Reef catchment (Queensland, Australia) diffuse-source pollution problem.” Marine Pollution Bulletin 51.1 (2005): 128-137.
  • Stone, P. (2004). Combined forces work to fight salinity. Farming Ahead154, 24-26.
  • Post, D. A., Waterhouse, J., Grundy, M., & Cook, F. (2007). The past, present and future of sediment and nutrient modelling in GBR Catchments.
  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, (2010). Water quality guidelines for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park 2010 current edition.
  • De’ath, G., & Fabricius, K. (2008). Water quality of the Great Barrier Reef: distributions, effects on reef biota and trigger values for the protection of ecosystem health.
  • Johnston, R. M., Barry, S. J., Bleys, E., Bui, E. N., Moran, C. J., Simon, D. A. P., … & Grundy, M. (2003). ASRIS: the database. Soil Research41(6), 1021-1036.
  • Macintosh, A. (2009). Australia’s National Environmental Legislation: A Response to Early. Journal of International Wildlife Law & Policy12(3), 166-179.
  • Go, A., & Red, C. C. B. Water Quality Guidelines for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
  • Bartolo, R., Bayliss, P., & van Dam, R. (2008). Ecological risk assessment for Australia’s northern tropical rivers.
  • Randall, L., & Barson, M. (2001). Mapping agricultural commodities and land management practices from geocoded agricultural census data.
  • Meyer, W. S. (2005). The irrigation industry in the Murray and Murrumbidgee Basins.
  • NSW Soil Conservation Service (1991) Total Catchment Management Coordinating Natural resource Management in NSW – a discussion paper. NSW Govt.
  • NSW Soil Conservation Service (1991) Salt Action- Resource Kit NSW Govt.
  • NSW Soil Conservation Service (1992) Preparing Soil & Water Management Plans – for urban, industrial & resort developments. NSW Govt.
  • Hook, R.A. (1992) Rapid Appraisal Techniques for Dryland Salinity – Pilot Study Upper Lachlan Catchment. NSW Govt.
  • Blue-Green Algae Task Force (1992) Blue-Green Algae – Final Report NSW Govt.

Climate

Refereed science papers

  • Mullen, C. Maguire, S. Plummer, N. Jones, D. & Creighton, C. (2010). 22. Talking Climate Change with the Bush. In Managing Climate Change: Papers from the Greenhouse 2009 Conference (p. 249). CSIRO PUBLISHING.

Major Published Reports

  • Managing Climate Variability (2005) Masters of the Climate – innovative farmers coming through drought Aust. Govt
  • Managing Climate Variability (2008) Managing Climate Variability Research and Develppment Strategy, 2008 – 2014 Aust. Govt
  • Creighton, C., Cullen, B. Freebairn, D. Hayman, P. Hochman, Z. & Watters J (2005) Climate Risk Tools Managing Climate Variability, Aust. Govt

Examples of Science Papers, Communication Articles, Conference Papers and Major Reports that acknowledge Colin’s leadership role 

  • Creighton, C. (2010) The long and the short of weather forecasts Groundcover May – June 2010, GRDC Aust. Govt.
  • Lovelock, C., Bell, J., & Rogers, K. (2013). Carbon farming could restore Australia’s southern coastal wetlands. ECOS2013(183)
  • Roginski, A. (2012). Capturing blue carbon benefits. Nature New South Wales56(3), 6.
  • Howden, M., S. Crimp, and S. Schroeter. “HOW IS ADAPTATION PLAYING OUT IN AUSTRALIA?.” CCRSPI: 47.
  • Crowley, Kate. “Is Australia faking it? The Kyoto Protocol and the greenhouse policy challenge.” Global Environmental Politics7.4 (2007): 118-139.
  • Heberger, Matthew. “Australia’s millennium drought: Impacts and responses.” The World’s Water (2011): 97-125.
  • Campbell, Edward P., and Mark J. Palmer. “Modeling and forecasting climate variables using a physical‐statistical approach.” Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres (1984–2012) 115.D10 (2010).
  • Jubb, I., Holper, P., & Cai, W. (Eds.). (2010). Managing climate change: papers from the Greenhouse 2009 Conference.
  • House of Representatives Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Innovation (2009) Seasonal forecasting in Australia. Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra, Aust.

Agriculture, Forestry and Sustainability

Refereed science papers and a book chapter

  • Creighton, C., Meyer, W., & Khan, S. (2004, September). Farming and land stewardship. Case study–Australia’s innovations in sustainable irrigation. In Proceedings of 4th International Crop Science Congress, 26 September-1 October 2004.
  • Vize, S.M and Creighton, C. (2001) Institutional Impediments to Farm Forestry in Sustainable Farm Forestry in the Tropics Harrison, S.R. and Herbohn, J,L,  edits part of series – New Horizons in Environmental Economics Edward Elgar Cheltenham UK.
  • Morgan, G, and Creighton, C (1991) Dieback and Tree retention on the New England Tableland – the role of Crown lands Australian J of Soil and Water Conservation V4(1) pp20-25

Major Published Reports

  • Creighton, C., Ashburner, B., Shannon, E., DiBella, L., & Hurney, A. (2012). Compendium of Smart Sugar Practices Report to Qld Govt.
  • Horticulture Australia and National Land and Water Resources Audit (2001) Horticulture Productivity and Sustainability Aust. Govt.
  • Dairy Australia and National Land and Water Resources Audit (2001) Sustaining our natural resources – Dairying for Tomorrow Aust. Govt
  • Truong, P., & Creighton, C. (1994). Report on the potential weed problem of vetiver grass and its effectiveness in soil erosion control in Fiji. Division of Land Management, Queensland Department of Primary Industries, Brisbane, Australia.

Examples of Science Papers, Communication Articles, Conference Papers and Major Reports that acknowledge Colin’s leadership role 

  • Creighton, C. (2014) Forestry as a hobby adds so much value. Australian Forest Grower36(1), Summer 2014
  • Creighton, C. (2011) Cyclones-Just Another Extreme Challenge to Plantation Forestry. Australian Forest Grower34(1), 33.
  • Vize, Sue, Daryl Killin, and Gary Sexton. “The Community Rainforest Reforestation Program and other farm forestry programs based around the utilisation of rainforest and tropical species.” Erskine, PD, Lamb, D. and Bristow, M.(eds) (2005): 7-22.
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