Our team

The TEAM-Coast research project is a collaboration between the CSIRO, the Roscoff Marine Station (CNRS / Sorbonne University, France), Macquarie University and Queensland Government. It is supported by the European Union H2020 Research and Innovation programme, CSIRO and Queensland Government.

Principal investigators

Station Biologique de Roscoff, CNRS-Sorbonne University & CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere, Roscoff, France & Lucas Heights NSW, Australia

  • Johan is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Reseach Fellow (European Union H2020 Research and Innovation programme), working at CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research). He is a molecular ecologist with a focus on community and disturbance ecology. He is specialized in the development and application of environmental DNA techniques to investigate anthropogenic impacts on past and current biodiversity. His research interests are broad, including currently large mammal food webs, ecological restoration and coastal ecosystem management. In the framework of the TEAM-Coast project, he is currently working at CSIRO in Sydney for a period of two years.
Dr Frederique Viard

Station Biologique de Roscoff, CNRS-Sorbonne University, Roscoff, France

  • Frederique is research director at CNRS and former deputy director of the Department “Adaptation and Diversity in the Marine Environment” (AD2M) at the Roscoff Biological Station (France). She has >20 years experience in the fields of evolutionary biology, molecular ecology and marine genomics. Her research interests, focused on coastal marine species, are broad and include inter-alia: hybridization processes, population genomics, connectivity between populations, mating system and reproductive strategies. Her team uses molecular tools for studying the diversity of coastal species in and outside their “natural” range, their dispersal and its effects at population and community levels; and she has developed a worldwide renowned expertise on biological invasion processes in coastal environment (introduction patterns, spreading process, evolution of marine alien species and their impacts on native communities).
Dr Stuart Simpson

Aquatic Contaminants - Research Group Leader, CSIRO Land & Water - Lucas Heights NSW, Australia

  • Stuart is senior principal research scientist at CSIRO Land & Water and leader of the Aquatic Contaminant Group. Stuart is specialized in water and sediment quality assessment, with >20 years of research experience in the field of environmental risk assessment, including both research (method development) and its application (consulting). His research interests focus on the development of approaches for tracking contaminants in aquatic environment, the evaluation of their toxicity and their biological/ecological effects on aquatic life (from individual to community levels); but also on the derivation of guidelines for regulating contaminants and remediation procedures.
Dr Anthony Chariton

Senior Lecturer, Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University - North Ryde NSW, Australia

  • Anthony is senior lecturer at Macquarie University and leader of the Environmental Genomics, Ecology and Ecotoxicology Lab (EGEEL). Prior to 2017, Anthony has worked for >10 years for CSIRO Ocean & Atmosphere as Team Leader for Molecular Ecology and Toxicology. His team’s focus is on the development, application and integration of cutting-edge environmental genomic technologies and traditional ecology for the monitoring and assessment of aquatic systems. His research is primarily in the area of coastal ecology, with an emphasis on the effects on environmental contaminants in sedimentary environments. However, his research interests are broad and include: ecotoxicology, biometry, freshwater and groundwater ecology and socio-ecological implications of sea-level rise.


This project involves many (brilliant!) colleagues from different places throughout the world:

Dr Michael Warne is associate professor at Queensland University (St Lucia QLD, Australia) and research associate at Department of Environment Science of Queensland Government (Brisbane QLD, Australia). His research interests are on the fate and effects of pollutants on ecosystems. His area of expertise includes ecotoxicology, ecological risk assessment and the development of environmental quality guidelines.

Dr Rachael Smith is senior scientist at Department of Environment and Science of Queensland Government (Brisbane QLD, Australia). She is a specialist on environmental contamination issues in aquatic ecosystem. She conducts several research and monitoring programs in relation with water quality transported from lands to the Great Barrier Reef.

Dr Wayne Landis is professor at Western Washington University and director of the Institute of Environmental Toxicology (Bellingham WA, USA). His area of expertise includes environmental toxicology, ecological risk assessment and environmental management. He developed the ecological risk assessment framework used in this project, the Bayesian network Relative Risk Model.

Geoffrey Carlin is research scientist in the Coastal Sensing, Modelling and Informatics Group at CSIRO Ocean & Atmosphere (Brisbane, QLD, Australia) with a broad range of skills and experiences (hydrology, biogeochemistry, environmental instrumentation, agent based modelling…). He conducts numerous and various research projects in estuarine and marine systems.

Jacob Gruythuysen is acting principal technical officer at Department of Environment and Science of Queensland Government (Brisbane QLD, Australia). He  coordinates and works on various environmental quality monitoring programs in Queensland.

Marcelo Merten Cruz is PhD student at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Porto Alegre, Brazil). His works focuses on the eDNA-based assessment of biodiversity in Brazil’s Marine Protected Areas.

Christine Chivas is Master student at Macquarie University (North Ryde NSW, Australia). She works on DNA-based detection of marine invasive species in Northern Queensland in the framework of this project.