Associate Professor Ron Johnstone

Associate Professor

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Science
r.johnstone@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 53978

Overview

Prior to his current position, A/Prof Johnstone served as deputy director of the Centre for Marine Studies at the University of Queensland for 5 years, as well as the Assessment and Monitoring theme leader in the Coastal CRC, and as a member of the scientific advisory committee for CRC Reef. He has a long professional history in coastal nutrient and ecosystem function research, as well as in the communication of science to the community, government, and private sector bodies. In addition, A/Prof Johnstone has a longstanding international reputation in his field, having spent approximately 20 years undertaking CZM research and project management in over 13 countries on behalf of government and international donor agencies including IOC-UNESCO, Sida, and the World Bank.

Within Australia, A/Prof Johnstone’s work is focussed on the understanding of benthic habitats, with an emphasis on nutrient processes and dynamics in coastal ecosystems. This includes aspects such as the influence of land-based inputs on coastal ecosystem function and its influence on specific outcomes such as toxic algal blooms.

Qualifications

  • GDipEd, The University of Sydney
  • BSc, The University of Sydney
  • PhD, The University of Sydney

Publications

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Grants

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Pirisi, A., Grimaccia, F., Mussetta, M., Zich, R.E., Johnstone, R., Palaniswami, M. and Rajasegarar, S. (2013). Optimization of an energy harvesting buoy for coral reef monitoring. In: 2013 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, CEC 2013. 2013 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, CEC 2013, Cancun, Mexico, (629-634). 20-23 June 2013. doi:10.1109/CEC.2013.6557627

  • Grimaccia, Francesco, Johnstone, Ron, Mussetta, Marco, Pirisi, Andrea and Zich, Riccardo E. (2012). Evolutionary techniques for sensor networks energy optimization in marine environmental monitoring. In: Bormin Huang and Antonio J. Plaza, High-Performance Computing in Remote Sensing II. Proceedings. SPIE Remote Sensing 2012, Edinburgh, UK, (85390H.1-85390H.8). 24-27 September, 2012. doi:10.1117/12.974631

  • Bajema, Nigel B., Trevathan, Jarrod, Bergmann, Neil W., Atkinson, Ian, Read, Wayne, Scarr, Adam, Lee, Yong Jin and Johnstone, Ron (2011). Benefits of building wireless sensor networks on commodity hardware and software stacks. In: 2011 Seventh International Conference on Intelligent Sensors, Sensor Networks and Information Processing (ISSNIP). 2011 Seventh International Conference on Intelligent Sensors, Sensor Networks and Information Processing (ISSNIP), Adelaide, Australia, (282-287). 6-9 December 2011. doi:10.1109/ISSNIP.2011.6146554

  • Lee, Yong Jin, Trevathan, Jarrod, Atkinson, Ian, Read, Wayne, Myers, Trina and Johnstone, Ron (2011). The evolution of the SEMAT sensor network management system. In: 2011 Seventh International Conference on Intelligent Sensors, Sensor Networks and Information Processing (ISSNIP 2011). Proceedings. ISSNIP 2011: 7th International Conference on Intelligent Sensors, Sensor Networks and Information Processing, Adelaide, SA, Australia, (229-234). 6-9 December, 2011. doi:10.1109/ISSNIP.2011.6146633

  • Trevathan, Jarrod, Atkinson, Ian, Read, Wayne, Bajema, Nigel, Lee, Yong Jin, Scarr, Adam and Johnstone, Ron (2010). Developing low-cost intelligent wireless sensor networks for aquatic environments. In: Slaven Marusic, Marimuthu Palaniswami, Jayavardhana Gubbi and P. Corke, ISSNIP 2010: Proceedings of the 2010 Sixth International Conference on Intelligent Sensors, Sensor Networks and Information Processing. ISSNIP 2010 Sixth International Conference on Intelligent Sensors, Sensor Networks and Information Processing, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (13-18). 7-10 December, 2010. doi:10.1109/ISSNIP.2010.5706800

  • Lee, Yong Jin, Trevathan, Jarrod, Atkinson, Ian, Read, Wayne, Bajema, Nigel, Scarr, Adam, Braun, Jochen, Knisch, Andreas, Seemann, Andreas and Johnstone, Ron (2010). Real time data streaming in sensor networks: integrating SAL with the RBNB Data Turbine. In: Slaven Marusic, M. Palaniswami, J. Gubbi and P. Corke, 2010 Sixth International Conference on Intelligent Sensors, Sensor Networks and Information Processing (ISSNIP 2010). ISSNIP 2010: Sixth International Conference on Intelligent Sensors, Sensor Networks and Information Processing, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (163-168). 7-10 December, 2010. doi:10.1109/ISSNIP.2010.5706801

  • Myers, Trina S., Atkinson, Ian M. and Johnstone, Ron (2010). Semantically enabling the SEMAT Project: Extending marine sensor networks for decision support and hypothesis testing. In: Leonard Barolli, Fatos Xhafa, Salvatore Vitabile and Hui-Huang Hsu, Proceedings of the International Conference on Complex, Intelligent, and Software Intensive Systems. CISIS 2010, The Fourth International Conference on Complex, Intelligent and Software Intensive Systems, Krakow, Poland, (974-979). 15-18 February 2010. doi:10.1109/CISIS.2010.46

  • Cella, Umberto M., Shuley, Nicholas and Johnstone, Ron (2010). Wireless sensor networks in coastal marine environments: A case study outcome. In: WUWNet '09: Proceedings of the Fourth ACM International Workshop on UnderWater Networks. 4th ACM International Workshop on UnderWater Networks (WUWNet 2009), Berkeley, California, United States, (). 3 November 2009. doi:10.1145/1654130.1654138

  • Cella, Umberto M., Johnstone, Ron and Shuley, Nicholas (2009). Electromagnetic wave wireless communication in shallow water coastal environment: Theoretical analysis and experimental results. In: Jim Preisig and Curt Schurger, Proceedings of the fourth ACM International Workshop on Underwater Networks. The 4th ACM International Workshop on UnderWater Networks, Berkeley, California, USA, (). 3-6 November 2009. doi:10.1145/1654130.1654139

  • Johnstone, Ron, Caputo, David, Cella, Umberto, Gandelli, Alessandro, Alippi, Cesare, Grimaccia, Francesco, Haritos, N. and Zich, Riccardo E. (2008). Smart Environmental Measurement and Analysis Technologies (SEMAT): Wireless sensor networks in the marine environment. In: Proceedings of: Wireless Sensor and Actuator Network Research on Opposite Sides of the Globe. Wireless Sensor and Actuator Network Research on Opposite Sides of the Globe (SENSEI), Stockholm, Sweden, (). 9 June 2008.

  • Myers, Trina S., Atkinson, Ian and Johnstone, Ron (2008). Supporting coral reef ecosystems research through modelling re-usable ontologies. In: Thomas Meyer and Mehmet A. Orgun, Proceedings of Conferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology (CRPIT). Knowledge Representation Ontology Workshop, Sydney, Australia, (). 15-18 September 2008.

  • Cella U., Chiffings T., Gandelli A., Grimaccia F., Johnstone R.W. and Zich R.E. (2007). Advanced monitoring systems for biological applications in marine environments. In: Biomedical Applications of Micro- and Nanoengineering III. Biomedical Applications of Micro- and Nanoengineering III, Adelaide, (). December 11, 2006-December 13, 2006. doi:10.1117/12.695811

  • Cox, Melanie, Johnstone, Ron and Robinson, J. (2004). A Conceptual Model of Impacts of Environmental Change on Human Well-Being. In: Albrecht, G., The Airs Waters Places Transdiscplinary Conference on Ecosystem Health in Australia, Newcastle, Australia, (129-145). April, 2003.

  • Cox, M., Johnstone, R. and Robinson, J. J. (2004). Assessing the Social and Economic Impacts of Changes in Coastal Ecosystems. In: Mowlaei, M. J., Rose, A. and Lamborn, J., 7th Annual Environmental Research Conference Environmental Sustainability Through Multidisciplinary Integration. Environmental Sustainability throught Multidisciplinary Integr, The Cumberland, Marysville, Victoria, (68-77). 1-4 December 2003.

  • Cox, Melanie E., Johnstone, Ron and Robinson, Jackie (2004). Assessing the Social and Economic Impacts of Changes in Coastal Systems. In: Mowlaei, M. J., Rose, Andrew and Lamborn, Julia, Environmental Sustainability through Multidisciplinary Integration. Proceedings of the 7th Annual Environmental Research Conference, Marysville, Victoria, (68-77). 1-4 December, 2003.

  • Pillans, Suzanne, Johnstone, Ron, Possingham, Hugh, Pillans, Richard, Dews, Geoff and McPhail, Ian (2004). Effectiveness of No-Take Marine Reserves in Subtropical Australia. In: Munro, N. W. P., Deardon, P., Herman, T. B., Beazley, K and Bondrup-Nielson, K., Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Science and the Management of Protected Areas. Fifth International Conference on Science and the Mangement of Protected Areas, Victoria, Canada, (1-8). 11-16 May, 2003.

  • Cox, Melanie E., Johnstone, Ron and Robinson, Jackie (2004). Effects of Coastal Recreation on Social Aspects of Human Well-being. In: Proceedings of the Coastal Zone Asia Pacific Conference 2004: Improving the Quality of Life in Coastal Areas, Brisbane, Australia, (156-162). 5-9 September, 2004.

  • Skinner, M. P., Lewis, R. J., Johnstone, Ron W. and Shaw, G. R. (2004). The Ecotoxicology of a benthic HAB (Prorocentrum) bloom, nutrients and ciguatera, Rarotonga, Cook Islands. In: Harmful Algae. XIth International Conference on Harmful Algae, Cape Town, South Africa, (235-235). 14-19 November, 2004.

  • Cox, M., Johnstone, Ron W. and Robinson, J. J. (2003). A conceptual model of impacts of environmental change on human well-being: Assessing the Social Economic impacts of change in coastal ecosystems. In: Proceedings of the Airs Waters Places Transdisciplinary conference on ecosystem health in Australia. Airs Waters Places Transdisciplinary Conference on Ecosystem Health in Australia, University of Newcastle, Australia, (68-77). 14-16 April 2003.

  • Mohammed, S., Johnstone, R.W., Widen, B. and Jordelius, E. (2001). The role of mangroves in nutrient cycling and productivity of adjacent seagrass communities Chawka Bay, Zanzibar. In: Richmond, D, Francis and Julius, Marine Science Development in Tanzania and Eastern Africa. 20th Annual conference on advances in Marine Science in Tanzaa, Zanzibar, Tanzinia, (205-226-226). 28 June-1 July 1999.

  • Johnstone, R. (2000). Enforcement of occupational health & safety statutes. In: WA Government, Minesafe International 2000. Minesafe International 2000 Conference, Perth, WA, (49-62). September, 2000.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

Completed Supervision