Thompson, Angus

Angus Thompson

Inshore Coral Monitoring
(07) 4753 4329
+61 7 4753 4329


My professional career has been focused on the assessment and reporting of reef-fish and coral communities. 
From 1992 through to 2003 I monitored reef fish communities on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) as part of the Long-term Monitoring Program. Since 2004 my focus shifted to the monitoring and reporting of coral communities in inshore areas of the Great Barrier Reef under the Marine Monitoring Program. In these roles I have developed skills in the design of monitoring programs, the analysis interpretation and reporting of coral community condition and an appreciation for the need of sound data management and quality control systems to ensure the integrity of long-term times series.


1989 BSc Marine Biology, James Cook University, Australia



Since 2005 I have coordinated the coral component of the Marine Monitoring Program. Central to this position is my interest in understanding the pressures that determine coral community condition in inshore waters. An additional requirement of this program is the synthesis of results into formats accessible to diverse audiences that has lead to my interest in the use of report cards to convey the state of ecological process in a broadly accessible and intuitive format.

Other Activities


Reef Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program Coral Reef Expert Group



Anderson MJ, Thompson AA (2004) Multivariate control charts for ecological and environmental monitoring. Ecological Applications 14: 1921-1935.

Sweatman HPA, Thompson AA, Neale SJ and Thomson DP (2006) Inshore coral reefs monitoring. (pp.171-236) Water quality and ecosystem monitoring programs - Reef Water Quality Protection Plan. Final report August 2006. An unpublished report to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. CRC Reef Research Centre. 138 p.

Cheal AJ, Delean S, Sweatman HPA and Thompson AA (2007) Spatial synchrony in coral reef fish populations and the influence of climate. Ecology 88(1): 158-169.

Uthicke S, Thompson AA and Schaffelke B (2010) Effectiveness of benthic foraminiferal and coral assemblages as water quality indicators on inshore reefs of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Coral Reefs 29: 209-225.

Thompson AA, Dolman A (2010) Coral bleaching: one disturbance too many for near-shore reefs of the Great Barrier Reef. Coral Reefs 29: 637-648.

Thompson A, Schroeder T, Brando VE, Schaffelke B (2014) Coral community responses to declining water quality: Whitsunday Islands, Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Coral Reefs 33(4): 923-938

Petus C, Devlin M, Thompson A, McKenzie L, da Silva ET, Collier C, Tracey D, Martin K (2016) Estimating the exposure of coral reefs and seagrass meadows to land-sourced contaminants in river flood plumes of the Great Barrier Reef: Validating a simple satellite risk framework with environmental data. Remote Sensing 8(3): 210

Osborne K, Thompson AA, Cheal AJ, Emslie MJ, Johns KA, Jonker MJ, Logan M, Miller IR, Sweatman HP (2017) Delayed coral recovery in a warming ocean. Global Change Biology 23(9):3869-81.

Thompson A, Costello P, Davidson J, Logan M, Coleman G, Gunn K (2018) Marine Monitoring Program. Annual for coral reef monitoring: 2016 to 2017. Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville (148 p)