Brinkman, Richard

Dr Richard Brinkman

Research Program Leader - Sustainable Coastal Ecosystems and Industries in Tropical Australia

Contact Information

Phone (07) 4753 4374
Int +61-7-4753 4374


I am a physical oceanographer/numerical modeller with a background in environmental fluid dynamics. My research interests fall within the broad topics of coastal oceanography and physical-biological interactions on continental shelves. I have significant expertise in conducting observational and modelling based research on coastal and shelf dynamics, coupling of shelf and ocean circulation, and physical-biological interactions at regional and local scales on Australia¿s tropical coasts and marginal seas, and my work is characterised by applying a combination of observational and modelling approaches. 


2006: PhD Oceanography, School of Mathematics and Physics, James Cook University
1991: BSc Hons, Oceanography and Meteorology, Flinders University


My current research interests fall within the broad topics of coastal oceanography and physical-biological interactions on continental shelves. A unifying theme of my research is the development and application of validated models of hydrodynamic circulation and materials transport. 

Current projects include: 

  • eReefs - integrated observation and modelling of water quality on the GBR. eReefs projects consist of enhanced monitoring, operational marine and catchment modelling, data standards and architecture and reporting and visualisation.
  • WAMSI Kimberley Marine Research Project: Bio-physical Oceanography of the coastal Kimberley


Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership Science Panel
North Queensland Bulk Ports - Abbott Point Dredge Technical Advisory Group
GBRMPA Expert Panel on Effects of Dredging
Australian Forum of Operational Oceanography
Leader of the Queensland Node of Australia's Integrated Marine Observing System


Xu J, Lowe RJ, Ivey GN, Jones NL, Brinkman R (2015) Observations of the shelf circulation dynamics along Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia during the austral spring and summer, 

Continental Shelf Research 95: 54-73

McKinnon AD, Duggan S, Holliday, Brinkman R (2015) Plankton community structure and connectivity in the Kimberley-Browse region of NW Australia, Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf 

Science, 153: 156-167

Schiller A, Herzfeld M, Brinkman R, Stuart G (2014) Monitoring, predicting and managing one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Bulletin of the American Meteorological 

Society 95(1): 23-30

McKinnon AD, Williams A, Young J, Ceccarelli DM, Dunstan P, Brewin RJW, Watson R, Brinkman R, Cappo M, Duggan S, Kelley R, Ridgway K, Lindsay D, Gledhill D, Hutton T, 

Richardson AJ (2014) Tropical Marginal Seas: Priority regions for managing marine biodiversity and ecosystem function. Annual Review of Marine Science 6: 415-437

Xu J, Lowe RJ, Ivey GN, Pattiaratchi C, Jones NL, Brinkman R (2013), Dynamics of the summer shelf circulation and transient upwelling off Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia, 

Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans 118(3): 1099-1125

Ceccarelli, McKinnon, Andréfouët, Allain, Young, Gledhill, Flynn, Bax, Beaman, Borsa, Brinkman, Bustamante, Campbell, Cappo, Cravatte, D'Agata, Dichmont, Dunstan, Dupouy, 

Edgar, Farman, Furnas, Garrigue, Hutton, Kulbicki, Letourneur, Lindsay, Menkes, Mouillot, Parravicini, Payri, Pelletier, Richer de Forges, Ridgway, Rodier, Samadi, Schoeman, 

Skewes, Swearer, Vigliola, Wantiez, Williams, Williams, Richardson (2013) The Coral Sea: Physical Environment, Ecosystem Status and Biodiversity Assets. In Michael Lesser, 

editor: Advances in Marine Biology, Vol. 66, AMB, UK: Academic Press, 2013, pp. 213-290.}

Lowe RJ, Ivey GN, Brinkman RM, Jones NL (2012) Seasonal circulation and temperature variability near the North West Cape of Australia. Journal of Geophysical Research 117: 


Young JW, McKinnon AD, Ceccarelli DM, Brinkman RM, Cappo MC, Dichmont C, Doherty PJ, Furnas MJ, Gledhill D, Griffiths S, Hutton T, Ridgway KR, Williams A, Smith DC, Skewes T, 

Bustamante RH, Richardson AJ (2012) Workshop on the ecosystem and fisheries of the Coral Sea: an Australian perspective on research and management. Reviews in Fish Biology and 

Fisheries 22: 827-734.