Dr Alistair Grinham

Senior Research Fellow

School of Civil Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
+61 7 336 54295


Monitoring and understanding of greenhouse gas emissions and sediment dynamics in shallow water bodies.

My primary interests are in monitoring and understanding biogeochemical processes within shallow water ecosystems. My formal training was in biochemistry and marine biology focusing on Southern Ocean food webs. Subsequently, I have focused on monitoring sediment loading and greenhouse gas emissions from sub-tropical coastal and freshwater systems.

I joined the School of Civil Engineering in 2007 to work in the area of sediment biogeochemical cycling in freshwater storages and coastal lagoons. In order to better understand these processes it is critical to monitor overlying water column processes as well as catchment interactions. Therefore, my primary research activities have been in the developing novel monitoring systems of catchments and their receiving water bodies.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons), The University of Queensland


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Book Chapter

  • Saeck, Emily, Grinham, Alistair, Coates Marnane, Jack, McAlister, Tony and Burford, Michele (2019). Primary producers in Moreton Bay: phytoplankton, benthic microalgae and filamentous cyanobacteria. In Ian R. Tibbetts, Peter C. Rothlisberg, David T. Neil, Tamara A. Homburg, David T. Brewer and Angela H. Arthington (Ed.), Moreton Bay Quandamooka and catchment: past, present and future (pp. 259-278) Brisbane, QLD, Australia: Moreton Bay Foundation.

  • Jupiter, Stacy, McCarter, Joe, Albert, Simon, Hughes, Alec and Grinham, Alistair (2019). Solomon Islands: Coastal and Marine Ecosystems. In World Seas: an Environmental Evaluation (pp. 855-874) Oxford, United Kingdom: Elsevier. doi:10.1016/b978-0-08-100853-9.00043-9

  • Saeck, Emily, Udy, James, Maxwell, Paul, Grinham, Alistair, Moffatt, David, Senthikumar, Sivakumar, Udy, Danielle and Weber, Tony (2019). Water quality in Moreton Bay and its major estuaries: change over two decades (2000-2018). In Ian R. Tibbetts, Peter C. Rothlisberg, David T. Neil, Tamara A. Homburg, David T. Brewer and Angela H. Arthington (Ed.), Moreton Bay Quandamooka and catchment: past, present and future (pp. 187-210) Brisbane, Australia: Moreton Bay Foundation.

  • Lovelock, Catherine Ellen , Evans, Christopher, Barros, Nathan, Prairie, Yves, Alm, Jukka, Bastviken, David, Beaulieu, Jake J., Garneau, Michelle, Harby, Atle, Harrison, John, Pare, David, Raadal, Hanne Lerche, Sherman, Bradford , Zhang, Chengyi, Ogle, Stephen Michael, Grinham, Alistair, Deemer, Bridget, Santos, Marco Aurelio, Kosten, Sarian, Peacock, Michael, Li, Zhe and Stepanenko, Victor (2019). Wetlands. In E. Calvo Buendia, K. Tanabe, A. Kranjc, J. Baasansuren, M. Fukuda, S. Ngarize, A. Osako, Y. Pyrozhenko, P. Shermanau and S. Federici (Ed.), 2019 Refinement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories (pp. 1-52) Switzerland: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

  • Gibbes, Badin, Grinham, Alistair, Neil, David, Olds, Andrew, Maxwell, Paul, Connolly, Rod, Weber, Tony, Udy, Nicola and Udy, James (2014). Moreton Bay and its estuaries: a sub-tropical system under pressure from rapid population growth. In Eric Wolanski (Ed.), Estuaries of Australia in 2050 and beyond (pp. 203-222) Dordrecht, Germany: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-94-007-7019-5_12

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