Costello, Paul

Paul Costello

Technical Officer - Benthic Ecologist
Sustainable Coastal Ecosystems and Industry in Tropical Australia Team

Contact Information

Phone (07) 4753 4167
Int +61-7-4753 4167
Email p.costello@aims.gov.au
 

About

I completed my Bachelor of Science at James Cook University in 2005, after which I worked with the University as a research assistant on a broad range of projects conducting field work on the GBR and in Papua New Guinea. Following this I spent two years with the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service as a marine park ranger in the Townsville and Cardwell regions. Immediately prior to my commencement with AIMS I was managing vessels and research facilities at the Orpheus Island Research Station.

Education

2005: BSc, Marine Biology/Zoology, James Cook University, QLD, Australia.

Research

I am currently a member of the Marine Monitoring Program and my role is focused on monitoring benthic communities and establishing links between water quality and changes in coral reef communities on inshore reefs. Specifically my present focus is on 1) identifying causative agents driving the persistence of macroalgae and potential phase shifts on the GBR.

Publications

Costello P, Thompson A, Davidson J (2017) Coral Indicators for the 2016 Gladstone Harbour Report Card 2106: ISP014. Report prepared for Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership. 

Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville (35 pp)

Andreakis N, Costello P, Zanolla M, Saunders GW, Mata L (2016) Endemic or introduced? Phylogeography of Asparagopsis (Florideophyceae) in Australia reveals multiple 

introductions and a new mitochondrial lineage. Journal of Phycology 52:141-147

Thompson A, Costello P, Davidson J, Logan M, Coleman G, Gunn K, Schaffelke B (2016) Marine Monitoring Program. Annual Report for inshore coral reef monitoring 2014 to 2015. 

Report for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville (133pp)

Lønborg C, Devlin M, Waterhouse J, Brinkman R, Costello P, da Silva E, Davidson J, Gunn K, Logan M, Petus C, Schaffelke B, Skuza M, Tonin H, Tracey D, Wright M, Zagorskis I 

(2016) Marine Monitoring Program: Annual Report for inshore water quality monitoring 2014 to 2015. Report for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Australian 

Institute of Marine Science and JCU TropWATER, Townsville (170pp)

Thompson A, Schaffelke B, Logan M, Costello P, Davidson J, Doyle J, Furnas M, Gunn K, Liddy M, Skuza M, Uthicke S, Wright M, Zagorskis I (2013) Reef Rescue Marine Monitoring 

Program. Final Report of AIMS Activities 2012 to 2013 - Inshore water quality and coral reef monitoring. Report for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Australian 

Institute of Marine Science, Townsville (178pp)

Thompson A, Costello P, Davidson J, Schaffelke B, Uthicke S, Liddy M (2013) Reef Rescue Marine Monitoring Program. Report of AIMS Activities - Inshore coral reef monitoring 

2012. Report for Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville (120pp)

Thompson AA, Costello P, Davidson J, Logan M, Schaffelke B, Uthicke S, Takahashi M (2011) Reef Rescue Marine Monitoring Program. Report of AIMS Activities - Inshore coral reef 

monitoring 2011. Report for Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville (128pp)

Thompson AA, Schaffelke B, Costello P, Davidson J (2012) Runoff impacts coral communities in nearshore waters, Conference Paper, 2012 International Coral Reef Symposium, 

Cairns, Queensland, Australia.