Dr Alistair Grinham

Honorary Associate Professor

School of Civil Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology


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


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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. Moreton Bay Quandamooka and catchment: past, present and future. (pp. 259-278) edited by Ian R. Tibbetts, Peter C. Rothlisberg, David T. Neil, Tamara A. Homburg, David T. Brewer and Angela H. Arthington. Brisbane, QLD, Australia: Moreton Bay Foundation.

  • Jupiter, Stacy, McCarter, Joe, Albert, Simon, Hughes, Alec and Grinham, Alistair (2019). Solomon Islands: Coastal and Marine Ecosystems. World Seas: an Environmental Evaluation: Volume II: the Indian Ocean to the Pacific. (pp. 855-874) edited by Charles Sheppard. 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). Moreton Bay Quandamooka and catchment: past, present and future. (pp. 187-210) edited by Ian R. Tibbetts, Peter C. Rothlisberg, David T. Neil, Tamara A. Homburg, David T. Brewer and Angela H. Arthington. 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. 2019 Refinement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories. (pp. 1-52) edited by E. Calvo Buendia, K. Tanabe, A. Kranjc, J. Baasansuren, M. Fukuda, S. Ngarize, A. Osako, Y. Pyrozhenko, P. Shermanau and S. Federici. 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. Estuaries of Australia in 2050 and beyond. (pp. 203-222) edited by Eric Wolanski. Dordrecht, Germany: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-94-007-7019-5_12

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