Associate Professor Ron Johnstone

Honorary Associate Professor

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Science

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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Supervision

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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. 2013 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, CEC 2013, Cancun, Mexico, 20-23 June 2013. Piscataway, NJ, United States: IEEE. 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. SPIE Remote Sensing 2012, Edinburgh, UK, 24-27 September, 2012. Bellingham, WA, United States: S P I E - International Society for Optical Engineering. 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. 2011 Seventh International Conference on Intelligent Sensors, Sensor Networks and Information Processing (ISSNIP), Adelaide, Australia, 6-9 December 2011. Piscataway, NJ, United States: IEEE. 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. ISSNIP 2011: 7th International Conference on Intelligent Sensors, Sensor Networks and Information Processing, Adelaide, SA, Australia, 6-9 December, 2011. Piscataway, NJ, USA: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). 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. ISSNIP 2010 Sixth International Conference on Intelligent Sensors, Sensor Networks and Information Processing, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, 7-10 December, 2010. Piscataway, NJ, USA: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). doi: 10.1109/ISSNIP.2010.5706800

  • Trevathan, Jarrod, Atkinson, Ian, Read, Wayne, Johnstone, Ron, Bajema, Nigel and McGeachin, James (2010). Establishing low cost aquatic monitoring networks for developing countries. rd IFIP TC6 International Conference on Wireless Communications and Information Technology for Developing Countries, WCITD 2010 and IFIP TC 6 International Network of the Future Conference, NF 2010 Held as Part of 21st IFIP World Computer Congress, WCC 2010, Brisbane; Australia, 20-23 September 2010. New York NY United States: Springer New York . doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-15476-8_5

  • 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. ISSNIP 2010: Sixth International Conference on Intelligent Sensors, Sensor Networks and Information Processing, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, 7-10 December, 2010. Piscataway, NJ, USA: IEEE. 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. CISIS 2010, The Fourth International Conference on Complex, Intelligent and Software Intensive Systems, Krakow, Poland, 15-18 February 2010. Los Alamitos, Calif., U.S.A.: IEEE Computer Society. doi: 10.1109/CISIS.2010.46

  • Myers, Trina S., Atkinson, Ian and Johnstone, Ron (2010). Supporting coral reef ecosystems research through modelling a reusable ontology framework. Philadelphia, PA, United States: Taylor & Francis. doi: 10.1080/08839510903448676

  • Cella, Umberto M., Shuley, Nicholas and Johnstone, Ron (2010). Wireless sensor networks in coastal marine environments: A case study outcome. 4th ACM International Workshop on UnderWater Networks (WUWNet 2009), Berkeley, California, United States, 3 November 2009. New York, United States: ACM Press. 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. The 4th ACM International Workshop on UnderWater Networks, Berkeley, California, USA, 3-6 November 2009. New York, N.Y. U.S.A.: ACM Press. 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. 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. Knowledge Representation Ontology Workshop, Sydney, Australia, 15-18 September 2008. Australian Computer Society, Inc..

  • 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. Biomedical Applications of Micro- and Nanoengineering III, Adelaide, December 11, 2006-December 13, 2006. doi: 10.1117/12.695811

  • Grimaccia, Francesco, Gandelli, Alessandro, Johnstone, Ron W., Chiffings, Tony and Zich, Riccardo E. (2006). Smart integrated sensor networks for the marine environment. Microelectronics, MEMS, and Nanotechnology, Brisbane, Australia, 2005. SPIE Digital Library. doi: 10.1117/12.638590

  • Bennett, J., Lawrence, P., Johnstone, R. and Shaw, R. (2005). Adaptive management and its role in managing Great Barrier Reef water quality. Catchment to Reef: Water Quality Issues in the Great Barrier Reef Region, Townsville, QLD, Australia, 9-11 March 2004. London, United Kingdom: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2004.10.034

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

  • Cox, M., Johnstone, R. and Robinson, J. J. (2004). Assessing the Social and Economic Impacts of Changes in Coastal Ecosystems. Environmental Sustainability throught Multidisciplinary Integr, The Cumberland, Marysville, Victoria, 1-4 December 2003. Australia: Environmental Engineering Research Event`.

  • Cox, Melanie E., Johnstone, Ron and Robinson, Jackie (2004). Assessing the Social and Economic Impacts of Changes in Coastal Systems. Environmental Sustainability through Multidisciplinary Integration. Proceedings of the 7th Annual Environmental Research Conference, Marysville, Victoria, 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. Fifth International Conference on Science and the Mangement of Protected Areas, Victoria, Canada, 11-16 May, 2003. Wolfville, Nova Scotia: Science & Management of Protected Areas Asso..

  • Cox, Melanie E., Johnstone, Ron and Robinson, Jackie (2004). Effects of Coastal Recreation on Social Aspects of Human Well-being. Proceedings of the Coastal Zone Asia Pacific Conference 2004: Improving the Quality of Life in Coastal Areas, Brisbane, Australia, 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. XIth International Conference on Harmful Algae, Cape Town, South Africa, 14-19 November, 2004. Amsterdam ; New York: Elsevier Science.

  • 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. Airs Waters Places Transdisciplinary Conference on Ecosystem Health in Australia, University of Newcastle, Australia, 14-16 April 2003. Australia: University of Newcastle.

  • 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. 20th Annual conference on advances in Marine Science in Tanzaa, Zanzibar, Tanzinia, 28 June-1 July 1999. Zanzibar: Institute of Marine Sciences, University of Dar es Salaam ana.

  • Johnstone, R. (2000). Enforcement of occupational health & safety statutes. Minesafe International 2000 Conference, Perth, WA, September, 2000. Perth, WA: Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Completed Supervision